Pijn at Soup Kitchen

Johnny James, Managing Editor
Joe Guppy

Pijn at Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 6 December 2019, from £5 - Book now

Skirting the line between post-rock and post-metal, Pijn (the Dutch word for ‘pain’) have carved out a distinctive voice within the Manchester music scene and beyond. At Soup Kitchen this December, the Holy Roar-signed band will perform their masterful debut album, Loss, in full. Here’s why we’re excited.

In some ways, Loss is less an album and more an art project. Thematically, it traces some of the stages of grief – not unexplored territory within heavy music. But Pijn don’t just draw on their own experiences – they asked members of the public to lend them theirs. They received a huge amount of poems, letters, recordings, songs and photographs which encapsulated loss, and resolved to put each submission to use within the album. Audio files were transformed into textural drones or samples, and visual contributions were amalgamated into the artwork.

When the idea of an album is so good, there’s always a worry that the music won’t live up to it. The smouldering atmospheres of Loss quickly dispel any doubts. Opener ‘Denial’ is the hardest hitting tune, commencing with a sludgy wall of sound and a killer guitar riff. ‘Detach’ is totally different, with minimalist Ólafur Arnalds-esque piano chords, layered vocals and mournful violins. The heavier ‘Distress’ is perhaps the clearest representation of loss on the record. Its swirling guitars and wailing strings get increasingly fraught before a desolate, 28 Days Later-sounding middle section gradually spirals into drum-pounding despair.

It’s a measured and brilliantly crafted record, and one that’s so clearly born out of the band’s heartfelt love for their art. Its 66 minutes are best enjoyed in one sitting, so that you can fully immerse yourself in the deeply cinematic world that Pijn have created. There can’t be a better way of doing this than by getting down to their hometown show at Soup Kitchen on the 6th December, when the band will perform Loss in full.

When we reached out to Pijn with regards to the show, they had this to say:

“Without hyperbole, making Loss honestly nearly broke some of our members. But we’re glad we made it. To have the opportunity to play the album in full (almost) one year later is a massive privilege for us, and we couldn’t be more excited. Now we just have to figure out how to actually perform the thing.”

With tickets on sale for £5 – the price of a single pint – this is a gig that we wholeheartedly recommend this December!

Pijn at Soup Kitchen, Manchester

6 December 2019 7:30 pm
From £5

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Activity Until 3 February 2023, from £30.00

Baumka Conscious Clubbing at Victoria Warehouse

Music Until 16 February 2023, from £9.50

Donna Candy at SOUP

vegan super club
Activity Until 17 February 2023, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Exhibitions Until 18 February 2023, FREE

The Confessional at HOME

PUSH Festival 2023 at HOME
Festivals Until 18 February 2023,

PUSH Festival 2023 at HOME

The Singing Mermaid at Waterside
Families Until 19 February 2023, from £14.00

The Singing Mermaid at Waterside CANCELLED

Activity Until 25 February 2023, from £13

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Tour

Fairy Tales at Z-Arts
Families Until 26 February 2023, from £3.00

Fairy Tales at Z-Arts

Activity Until 6 March 2023, from £6.00

Shake it off: Music Video Dance Class with Girl Gang

The Lion King at the Palace Theatre
Families Until 11 March 2023, from £20.00

The Lion King at the Palace Theatre

OUTDOOR ART CLUB AT THE WHITWORTH
Childrens Until 18 March 2023, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Activity Until 22 March 2023, FREE

Guided Tours at People’s History Museum