Melbourne four-piece Pinch Points have signed with Mistletone Records (Australia/New Zealand) and Exploding in Sound (USA) for their new album Process, to be released on March 18, 2022. The band’s new single, “Reasons to be Anxious” will be released as a 7″ single with “Boy” on the B-side (mail orders here). Both songs will be released on streaming services on Friday, November 19 on Mistletone Records via Inertia and Exploding In Sound (US).
Pinch Points launch their “Reasons to be Anxious / Boy” 7″ on December 5 at Max Watts, curating a Melbourne Music Week showcase with special guests CLAMM, Delivery, and Zig Zag; tickets on sale here.
Pinch Points burst forth from the Melbourne underground with their 2019 debut Moving Parts, and were hailed by Double J as “the sharpest new band in the country” and Music Victoria’s Best Breakthrough Act of 2020. The band toured with Tropical Fuck Storm, supported Amyl and the Sniffers, Kikagaku Moyo, Viagra Boys, RVG and Cash Savage, and opened 2020’s Golden Plains to a packed amphitheater.
The hotly-anticipated new Pinch Points album Process was recorded with Anna Laverty (Courtney Barnett, Nick Cave, The Peep Tempel) and is a momentous leap forward into full-force post-punk empowerment, with 10 songs engaging with the fractures in so-called ‘Australia’ — from catastrophic bushfires, gendered violence, mental health struggles to First Nations incarceration and deaths in custody — with clear-eyed directness, along with an uncommon nuance and empathy.
The album opens with “Reasons to be Anxious,” an all-too-relatable laundry list of the fight-or-flight triggers that frazzle our nervous systems;
“I get anxious when I get a text / I get anxious when I don’t get a text / I get anxious when my doorbell rings / I get anxious about f**king anything / I get anxious when I take time off / I get anxious that I’m not good enough / I get anxious going to therapy / to try and treat my anxiety”.
The B-side, “Boy”, dives deep into the cesspool of toxic masculinity and the repressed emotions that boys are socialized to deny, with disastrous outcomes for everyone.
As the album title suggests, Process is a commentary on structural collapse; the systemic failures and baked-in inequalities that are ravaging ecosystems, the mental health system, the gig economy workforce and all aspects of our lives. The title Process also recognizes the emotions processed and channelled in the songs, as a collective expression of empathy and shared grief. A true collaboration, finding consensus from the experiences of four individual humans, Pinch Points embody music-making as an act of friendship and community, upholding the band’s shared belief in the music scene as a real-life platform for connection, strength and solidarity.