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WHEN Manch­ester band PINS want to de­sign a new al­bum cover, it can be a time-con­sum­ing af­fair. The all-girl band with a punk ethos are hands-on when it comes to their cre­ative di­rec­tion, and with five peo­ple in the band, that can be pretty tricky.

“There’s a lot of mood boards, a lot of Pin­ter­ests, Face­book chat, and then we just talk about ev­ery­thing all of the time,” says singer/gui­tarist Faith Vern. “It can be stress­ful, but it’s mostly fun.

“The last record sleeve we did there were so many ideas we had, but when we got the right idea we just made it hap­pen. That’s the power of hav­ing five peo­ple, ev­ery­body can make it hap­pen.

“We do ev­ery­thing our­selves, up to a cer­tain point... I don’t know if that’s down to us want­ing to con­trol our own band, but also it’s just really fun. I would hate to be in a molded band where some­one tells you how to look or how to present your­self. There’s a lot more free­dom in DIY.”

And there’s no short­age of artis­tic tal­ent be­tween the mem­bers, many of whom have an arty de­gree to their name. It’s fit­ting for their up­com­ing Manch­ester gig, where they’ll sup­port punk leg­ends Buz­zcocks at the De­sign Manch­ester fes­ti­val - a city wide fes­ti­val of cre­ativ­ity and de­sign.

The Buz­zcocks and PINS will play Manch­ester O2 Ritz on Oc­to­ber 19 at Fizzing at the Ter­mi­nals, a gig which will be adorned with the art­work and pro­jec­tions from the fes­ti­val’s ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing re­work­ings of Buz­zcock’s leg­endary ‘Or­gasm Ad­dict’ sleeve.

The gig will see two punk gen­er­a­tions meet - but PINS have al­ready seen how in­ter­gen­er­a­tional Buz­zcocks’ mu­sic can be when they saw the band play in Lon­don in 2015.

“Me and Lois (PINS gui­tarist) went down to Lon­don at The Garage where they played a show,” Faith re­calls.

“It was funny ’cause there was some other guys DJing who had all the orig­i­nal 7” vinyls that they had been col­lect­ing for years, and then we were play­ing the ex­act same songs, but from our lap­top. We were like, sorry!”

And while they’re fans of Buz­zcocks, the band’s ap­proach to any sup­port gig is to play it as if it’s their own head­line show.

“Of course it isn’t,” Faith ad­mits, “but that’s the best way to treat it if you want to have the most fun, and just make the most of our slot.”

It’s the kind of con­fi­dence you need to make your way on the gig cir­cuit, es­pe­cially for an all-girl band, says Faith.

“Ob­vi­ously girl bands don’t get as much at­ten­tion as guy bands, they’re not on the ra­dio all the time, the whole mu­sic in­dus­try is male dom­i­nated, it’s just so ev­i­dent.”

“It’s good to talk about it, be­cause no­body should be get­ting s*** for be­ing a woman, or be­ing a mu­si­cian of any kind.

“The best thing is when peo­ple say I’ve started a band be­cause we saw you play, and they say that be­fore they didn’t feel con­fi­dent to pick up an in­stru­ment.

“Even if we’re only do­ing that lit­tle bit, that’s some­thing that I feel proud of.”

Buz­zcocks and PINS / O2 Manch­ester Ritz / Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 19 / tick­ets from £26.10 in­clud­ing book­ing fee at Skid­dle and Tick­et­mas­ter

Steve Dig­gle and Pete Shel­ley of The Buz­zcocks

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