Horace Pinker

Local State Inertia

Written by: PP on 30/01/2013 22:53:11

Horace Pinker were formed in 1991 in Tempe, Arizona, and they play smooth, nostalgia-driven punk rock in the vein of Samiam, where they fuse 90s style alternative rock into an indie-flavored soundscape in the process. It's such an instantly grabbing sound that it feels like pure insanity I haven't stumbled upon them in the past - or that they have just over 600 fans on their Facebook page after having released four full-length albums and countless EPs and 7-inches prior to their fifth album "Local State Inertia". Either they've struck gold with this release, or they just really, really, REALLY suck at promoting themselves, because a band with a sound this fresh needs to be heard by a larger audience.

So imagine how it feels to have a sense of longing. Then put that into audio, play it over a decent tempo (not too fast, not too slow), and add in some Jawbreaker influenced charismatically soothing, but melodic vocals that wouldn't sound strange on a strictly alternative rock release. That's the summary description of "Local State Inertia", but what that fails to mention is the feeling of depth and subtlety that encompasses all of their songs. Though the melodies are instantly accessible, it's the small details that hide just underneath the surface that give this record its staying power. It's airy and lofty at times, allowing the melodic distortion to float across the soundscape, actually in a surprisingly similar manner as Cave In's soft album "Antenna". It's remarkable how similar these two albums are other than tempo-wise once you make the connection for the first time in your mind.

Whether it's the vocals becoming slightly more strained or rougher line by line, or the ringing dual-guitar melodies, or the textured bass guitar that gives the release its biggest strength, I don't know, but what I do know is that together they form a wall of sound that's hard not to fall in love with.


Download: Local State Inertia, Placebo Effect, Less Of You, Into The After
For the fans of: Samiam, The Stereo State, Jawbreaker, Cave In's "Antenna"
Listen: Facebook

Release date 29.05.2012
Jump Start Records

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