Pintandwefall – Red and Blue Baby

Rating: 4 / 5
Distributor/label:
Svart Records
Released:
2017
Buy Album [URL]:
 http://svartrecords.com/shoppe/home/4058-pintandwefall-red-and-blue-baby-lp.html
Band Website:
https://www.facebook.com/Pintandwefall.YEAH/pintandwefall (Custom)

Band line-up:

Crazy Pint
Cute Pint
Dumb Pint
Tough Pint

Tracklistings: 

COME TO REST
I CAN’T BE BURIED
KARAOKE KID
SEASIMULARO
ODE TO NATALIE
AQUARIUM NIGHT
YOURS
DON’T TELL ME HOW IT IS
KILLER DOLPHIN
HELLO MY FRIEND
NEVER GET UP
I’LL BE AROUND

Review:

Pintandwefall is a four piece band from Tampere, Finland and this is their fifth album since forming back in 2006. The album was produced by Risto Ylihärsilä, who has taken the band’s low-fi music and given it a chance to shine with his careful production that didn’t smooth out the rough edges. The songs on Red and Blue Baby were created during weekend sessions over the last 18 months, and the first single “Seasimularo” was released in May 2015.

“How To Rest” starts off the album and has amazing vocal harmonies that blend together so well and really sets the tone for the rest of the album. “I Can’t Be Buried” is a nice slice of post punk that would fit perfectly in a mix between Siouxsie & The Banshees and Xmal Deutschland. The entire album is like a trip back to the ’80s, but not the cheesy, poppy crap, more like the bands that were trying to be different and stretch their sound to grab your ears. It’s kind of like something that would have been on the Indie charts around 1982-83, and for that I’m glad because it’s hard to find bands going back to that era and doing it correctly. “Karaoke Kid” is a sparse song that has fantastic harmonies and makes for a nice relaxed mood. “Seasimularo” is the first single and it has cool keyboard sounds in it, a stomping beat, great guitar strumming and is an ear worm that makes you want to move around when you hear it. “Ode To Natalie” is a nice piece of early pop punk, the kind you would have heard around 1979-81, before it became a terrible genre. “Yours” is another song that has that pop punk feel, and then gets a bit more frantic and is all the better for it. “Don’t Tell Me How It Is” has a mix of Siouxsie and ’60s girl groups, and it works so well. “Hello My Friend” is a slow song that has piano and vocals and is just beautiful; it will raise the hair on your arms. “Never Give Up” is a mix of the ’60s girl bands and the band Cub, and is another great track.

I had never heard of this band, or their music, but now I have to go out and get more of the releases to listen to. If they got a fan that wants all of their releases after one listen, then the fans will eat this up and those who hear them for the first time are in for a treat.

Review by Rick Ecker
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