Dirt Cult (2014)
Let's combine 2 of my very favorite things, Canadian rock & roll and Dirtcult records. What you get is Shamebirds, another one of 2014's best albums. Needles//Pins shouldn't be a new band to anyone that reads this website with any regularity. Though I missed out on some of the early singles (get in touch if you have any you're willing to part with), I've been on board since before the band's last full length.
On Shamebirds, they're just upping the ante. Needles//Pins churn out a fiery mix of garage attitude and power pop hooks. You can put them on right after you're through listening to Seve Adamyk Band or Mother's children, but vocally I'm actually reminded a bit of John Reis. The lead singer is a little gravely and a bit nasal, but still manages to carry remarkable melody through the songs. Much like Reis is able to manage.
It's hard to point to any standouts on Shamebirds as every song on the record is so strong. There aren't any throwaways or filler here. But if you have to start somewhere, check out "Far Better Off" or "Hate When You're Leaving." Both encapsulate what Needles//Pins are all about. Tight, catchy songs that just blast out of your turntable; destined to be stuck in your heads for generations to come...
Needles//Pins - Shamebirds LP: