Long Islander's Pindhurst Farms have recently returned with a storming new three track EP entitled Orange. Picking up where debut LP record Right Now left off, we caught up with drummer Jenna Noe to introduce this hot new sound. 3rd Introduces
Is any thing or any place you want it to be. We are four people who make music we love that we can dance with you to, and when asked this question we always simply answer; use your imagination.
The record takes the Pindhurst sound we've been working on and towards for the past six years and elevates it to new heights in terms of maturity, complexity, and overall musicianship. The songs on Orange have a bit more depth than those on Right Now! [Pindhurst's first record]. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that all we could hope for is for people to see that we are growing as musicians and human beings.
We definitely have a unique approach to songwriting. Our songs are driven by musical compatibility between the four of us and we like to highlight that in all of our songs. The great part about the intro to Orange is that when the song was first written, we played it differently for the first couple of shows. We started incorporating it into our set to until we found one that we thought really drove the song forward. Each verse, from the beginning and onward, adds a little more 'oomph' every time. By the end it has a full on rock drive that really gets us, and people, movin'.
Growing up and going to shows in the basements of churches, legion halls, friends' backyards, and the like were just a rite of passage for a kid into the music scene on Long Island. Usually, if you're making music, all of your friends are making music, so at any given time it's just one big jam sesh after another. Another great thing about music on Long Island is the camaraderie and accessibility of playing with your favorites; we were fortunate enough to play a show with Laura Stevenson and the Cans who is one of mine and Drew's biggest musical influences!
It's true! With the release of Orange, Pindhurst Farms have truly made their mark and developed as a band. The release of Right Now! a few years ago signified the start of four solid musicians finding their style. But now, with a little bit of time, and perhaps even more purpose, this style has developed into something much more all-round appealing.
The case study must start with the title track Orange. When we do our scouting at Third Outing, so vast is the amount of music on the internet, a band usually has only one chance, one listen, to shine. Pindhurst Farms only needed the introduction to do exactly that. Their combination of bass and guitar just blew us away. There's a 42 second build up on Orange which eventually resolves into the most perfect opening for a song and introduction to a band possible.
And what a song. Every level comes together perfectly. From enticing vocals to the electric guitar rips, Pindhurst Farms have created a Pop Indie classic which cannot be missed. It's the sound that we wished old favourite bands such as Born Ruffians were still making. Concentrating on a melody like Orange does and then building around it takes skill, but the track seems to kick on and gather strength as each layer is added. Forget an orange, this is like an onion of pop. "The devil is orange and he's staring back at me"! Sing on Pindhurst, we love it!
However. And this is a however we don't want to make. It has to be said that the title track is the clear stand out on the record. The other two tracks Okay and Falling Up both have their merits, though they do lack the appeal of Orange. Perhaps it's the energy in that bass line, or maybe it's just a shift in focus from melody, but the magic isn't quite at the same level. Having said that though, both tracks demand an incredible amount of musicianship and an excellent music brain is portrayed on both. The electric guitar role on Okay must be given an extra special nod.