Fuzz is like a deep fat fryer, it makes everything better. Recently there has been a revival of fuzzy tone guitars and heavy riffs to hit the alternative music scene. Pinact are the latest sensation coming from Glasgow.
3rd: Pinact, what's the latest happenings in Glasgow?
Pinact: Things are great here at the moment. Summer is definitely on it's way and there's nothing like a sunny day in Glasgow. The music scene is booming and people are regularly going to shows. There's so many bands that are starting to emerge like The Bellybuttons and Breakfast Muff as well as bands that just keep getting better and better like Poor Things and Halfrican.
3rd: Could you describe your sound in one sentence?
Pinact: Fuzzy and relentless pop songs glued together by melody.
3rd: Up or Down is a highlight, it has a PAWS vibe! Is that the effect of Glasgow's current music scene?
Pinact: Unconsciously it might be. This bands been playing pretty regularly in Glasgow over the past few years and its been really nice to see so many bands appear and blossom throughout that. I think it's important to keep to your roots but it's even more important to grow and develop. There's definitely bands that have paved the way for what's going on in Glasgow right now and I think PAWS are probably the most important band in doing that.
"It's the best we've ever sounded so far. It's got the band into a position I always wanted it to be in and now it's time to go for it".
3rd: What do you think Edinburgh need to compete with Glasgow's music scene?
Pinact: People always talk about how Edinburgh is lacking in terms of a music scene and to be honest I think that's kind of unfair. Undeniably Glasgow is booming with bands at the moment and it has a rich history of great music but Scotland is tiny! You can travel between the two cities in under an hour, it would take you that to get from one end of London to the other. I think Glasgow is a central hub for music in Scotland, people move here to start bands and to get involved in the music scene that exists here. It's kind of unique in that sense. Starting a band and making music is just as important as meeting people who are into the same things as you and it's very easy to do that in Glasgow. There's a good show on literally every night if you go looking for it!
3rd: Guys, the new album. I know it has been produced by MJ from Hookworms, tell us more about it?
Pinact: It's the best we've ever sounded so far and I'm really excited for people to hear it. We've been sitting on it for a while now so it will be good to finally get it out. It was recorded and mixed during an incredibly sunny week in Leeds last summer and It was something we had to do out of necessity. We didn't have a label in place at the time but we had a record ready. At the time it sort of felt like the only way the band could progress was to get this record done. I think to a degree that was kind of true. It's got the band into a position I always wanted it to be in and now it's time to go for it.
3rd: You've released cassettes with UK labels such as Art is hard and Art Reeks, but your first LP will be release on a Brooklyn based label. Why an American and not UK label?
Pinact: Art Is Hard have been really good to us over the past few years and helped us out a lot with getting shows in England and meeting a lot of people we now called friends. It seemed like a natural progression to go with Kanine. It's a big step up for us in terms of reaching more people and It's provided us with a great platform to make the most out of this current record and future releases. It's early days, the record isn't even out yet, but this is the first time we've had people help us out properly and look after the band. Everything up to this point has been purely DIY which is great, it's let me find my feet as a song writer and I think recently the band has really grown in confidence to a point where we're ready to go out and show people what we're all about.
3rd: NME said the following about you. 'Dookie era Green Day style anthem'. How did you react to that?
Pinact: Well... (long hesitation) I guess I can kind of see where they where they are coming from but not really. I do love that record though, it was one of my favourites growing up so maybe there is something in that.
3rd: Thanks guys, it's been a pleasure. What's 2015 going to be like for Pinact?
Pinact: Well our album comes out later this month and hopefully there it will be interesting to see how people react to it. We're going to be heading out on tour pretty regularly after summer and hopefully heading over to America in October for some shows too. Then I guess we'll start getting the second record ready to record in early 2016.