Pinch Points

Mistletone is super proud to announce that we will be releasing the brilliant new album by Melbourne post-punk four-piece, Pinch Points. Process by Pinch Points will be released on March 18 on Mistletone Records (Australia/New Zealand) and Exploding in Sound (USA).

MELBOURNE 7″ LAUNCH: Pinch Points launch their debut 7″ single for Mistletone, “Reasons to be Anxious” b/w “Boy” on Sunday, December 5 for Melbourne Music Week at Max Watt’s House of Music with special guests CLAMM + Delivery + Zig Zag. tickets on sale here.

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This band — if you’re into punk, you’re going to love them. They are so, so fun. It’s spiky, angular, awesome punk music” – ZAN ROWE, DOUBLE J

check out the life-affirming video for the first single, “Reasons to be Anxious”, directed by Jasper Fearnley & starring Brenton Aylward:

The video is a high intensity ride, that gels perfectly with the tone of the song, following a crop-top wearing, pink haired Brenton Aylward dancing around Melbourne in an almost anxiety inducing mania to match the lyrics” – BEAT


” one of the most relatable songs I’ve heard in the past two years” – FEE B SQUARED, TRIPLE R ON “REASONS TO BE ANXIOUS”


mail order “Reasons to be Anxious” b/w “Boy” on limited edition 7″ vinyl via Bandcamp below;

Pinch Points burst forth from the Melbourne underground with their 2019 debut Moving Parts, and were hailed by Double J as “the sharpest new band in the country” and Music Victoria’s Best Breakthrough Act of 2020. The band toured with Tropical F*ck Storm, supported Amyl and the SniffersKikagaku Moyo, Viagra BoysRVG and Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, and opened 2020’s Golden Plains to a packed amphitheatre. 

The hotly-anticipated new Pinch Points album Process was recorded with Anna Laverty (Courtney Barnett, Nick Cave, The Peep Tempel) and is a momentous leap forward into full-force post-punk empowerment, with 10 songs engaging with the fractures in so-called ‘Australia’ — from catastrophic bushfires, gendered violence, mental health struggles to First Nations incarceration and deaths in custody — with clear-eyed directness, along with an uncommon nuance and empathy.

The album opens with “Reasons to be Anxious”, an all-too-relatable laundry list of the fight-or-flight triggers that frazzle our nervous systems;

“I get anxious when I get a text / I get anxious when I don’t get a text / I get anxious when my doorbell rings / I get anxious about f**king anything / I get anxious when I take time off / I get anxious that I’m not good enough / I get anxious going to therapy / to try and treat my anxiety”.

The B-side, “Boy”, dives deep into the cesspool of toxic masculinity and the repressed emotions that boys are socialised to deny, with disastrous outcomes for everyone. 

As the album title suggests, Process is a commentary on structural collapse; the systemic failures and baked-in inequalities that are ravaging ecosystems, the mental health system, the gig economy workforce and all aspects of our lives. The title Process also recognises the emotions processed and channelled in the songs, as a collective expression of empathy and shared grief.

A true collaboration, finding consensus from the experiences of four individual humans, Pinch Points embody music-making as an act of friendship and community, upholding the band’s shared belief in the music scene as a real-life platform for connection, strength and solidarity.

PINCH POINTS are Acacia Coates, Adam Smith, Jordan Oakley and Isabella Orsini.

Nothing is normal — but PINCH POINTS are here.