On August 14, The Pinx will drop their latest EP, Electric! Check out the video for “Hammer Of The Dogs” for the new album right here.
“I was just straight-up shooting for Hellacopters and Led Zeppelin. I’m a blues guitarist in a rock band,” says Adam McIntyre of The Pinx
Whether or not the above amounts to a confession, McIntyre’s declaration of direction amounts to an intriguing version of the Atlanta-based band’s trademark dueling guitar sound, as last heard on its third album, Sisters & Brothers, released in 2019. That record was critically praised, and rightly so, but maybe a few songs on it made too much of an impression for McIntyre’s liking?
“I’m reluctant to ever pick up a slide again,” he says, going on to more colorfully describe how much he really believes that statement. Essentially, this time the duels draw blood. But, instead of reading about it, just listen to Electric! scheduled for release on August 14.
“We deliberately created the most lean, energetic rock guitar fest that Chance (McColl, lead guitar and vocals) and I could muster,” McIntyre says. “Chuck (Wiles, bass and backing vocals) and Cayce (Buttrey, drums and backing vocals) brought the thunder to our lightning, and I feel like my singing on this EP puts my best rock foot forward. My solos are some of the favorites I’ve ever recorded, too.”
The EP’s release on August 14 is preceded by the burn-your-fingers-to-the-bone scorcher “Hammer of the Dogs” single and video, the obvious Zep reference being something McIntyre is fine with copping to.
“I figured if Greta Van Fleet can so transparently graft Led Zeppelin onto their songs, I should be able to get away with it.”
The “Hammer of The Dogs” video was created by Mad Alchemy featuring oil projections by Lance Gordon. “It’s still a mystery how or why these lifelike faces appear in the video, but I guess that’s where the magic begins,” Gordon says.
“Mad Alchemy art is a combination ’60s San Francisco analog light show utilizing ink, dye, mineral oil, and rubbing alcohol sandwiched between glass plates. These plates are spun on converted overheads with LED light sources. Each plate has a video camera filming these liquid combinations with signals going to laser projectors. ‘Hammer of The Dogs” was performed with four sets of plates, projected and then re-filmed live, no Photoshop!”
Adam McIntyre of The Pinx says, “First off, both Lance and I were stunned to see the face of a dog as the video starts. Lance doesn’t have the ability to make those plates create faces or characters; it’s just oil and clear plates and a feel for the music that happens throughout. It requires skill to make the show work, but there’s no way to say ‘I’m gonna make this plate make the face of a dog in the oil.’ Lance just has a really good feel for working with the oils while listening to the music and giving us something cool to look at.”
Mad Alchemy has worked such festivals as Desert Daze and projected their oil light show at Red Rocks. They have worked with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Circles Around The Sun, Earthless, Graveyard, Radio Moscow, and more.