NEEDLES//PINS: Self-titled: LP

Vancouver’s Needles//Pins have been a favorite of mine for quite a few years now. How can you go wrong with heartfelt songs with a gravely vocal delivery? In my mind you can’t. The band calls it “power-trash” and who am I to argue? On this, their fourth LP, the band has expanded to include a second guitarist/keyboard player and the result is excellent. The sound is full but not crowded. I will let you in on a little secret about myself. When I get really excited about something (like a cool part in a song, or a movie), not only do all the hairs on my neck stand up, but my eyes well up a bit. I can’t control it. Well, this album has me feeling like I am outside on a windy day during allergy season. Song after song, I am on verge of tears of joy. It is hard to describe; the songs are absurdly perfect. Like, it feels like they simultaneously threw these songs together on a whim and spent a long time meticulously crafting them. It’s a cool trick, and I can’t imagine any other band doing this. The last time I saw Needles//Pins play was when they came over to play my birthday party a few years back. I can’t wait to see them play the songs from this record! –Ty Stranglehold (Dirt Cult)