a haunt­ingly emo­tional, late con­tender for de­but of the year

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise Round-up - WORDS: LUKE MOR­TON

EM­BRAC­ING THEIR LOVE of all things ‘post,’ Man­cu­nian grief­mon­gers Pijn have com­posed per­haps the most am­bi­tious al­bum of the year with their de­but ful­l­length, Loss.

“I didn’t want to make the idea be­hind the record some­thing that’s only re­lat­able to me”, says gui­tarist Joe Clay­ton. “If we take some­thing such as ‘loss’, to me, that has a spe­cific mean­ing, but to our drum­mer it has a dif­fer­ent mean­ing. It’s some­thing that’s uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged as an ex­pe­ri­ence that ev­ery­one will have to go through, but in the same bracket it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent for each per­son.”

Ex­plor­ing the nu­ances of sor­row, the band got fans to send in their let­ters and per­sonal ac­counts of loss, all of which have been in­cor­po­rated into the record in some form – from the al­bum cover to au­dio clips, ma­nip­u­lated to match the prosody of speech with the song’s rhythm.

“The stuff we were sent in was pretty heavy”, Joe ad­mits. “The very first one was a to­tally dif­fer­ent look at the ex­pe­ri­ence of loss than any of us were ex­pect­ing. They had lost a fam­ily mem­ber but it was a good thing. I was so wrapped up in what I had ex­pe­ri­enced that Loss was to­tally flipped on its head.”

Chan­nelling the likes of Bossk and Wear Your Wounds in their earthy, emo­tive tex­tures, Pijn is a core of four, but in­creased in size for the record to cap­ture the four­di­men­sional sound of sad­ness. In all mean­ings of the word, Loss is a col­lec­tive ef­fort. That one record we can all re­late to.


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