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Thursday June 6 2024
  8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
$15 in advance / $20 at the door
The Jins
 garage rock grunge
Kill Gurls
 riot grrrl rock ní roll

The Jins
-from Vancouver, BC
-Every journey needs a soundtrack, and right now its Vancouver trio The Jins’ throttling new single, “Metro”. Building off the ‘90s-crushed guitar rock of the group’s Death Wish EP (2019), the first single from their upcoming It’s A Life album is an in-the-red earworm made for those times where you just wanna leave the house, throw your headphones on, and start wandering (“When I have nowhere to go, I’ll take the metro”).

“It’s supposed to sound nihilistic, just reflecting on how mundane and directionless our lives are at times,” vocalist-guitarist Ben Larsen explains of the track, which officially hits streaming services March 14, along with a music video co-animated by Larsen and Jins bassist Hudson Partridge. “A lot of times it feels like when you look back on your life, things aren’t super stable or clear. The future isn’t super clear, either. You just trust that if you get on the metro, it’s all going to work out—it’s kind of a metaphor for a transition in life.”

That sense of existential uncertainty is nevertheless juxtaposed against the Jins’ latest burst of post-grunge immediacy—melodious, if sandpaper-shorn vocal hooks; a rip-snorting guitar solo; effervescent bursts of new wave organ. On the surface, fusing the Jins’ purposeful energy with a meandering transit ride seems like a weird flex, but it works in the context of the trio’s most ambitious recording yet.

Like Death Wish before it, It’s a Life was tracked with producer Dave Genn (54-40), with sessions split between his Bridgeburner studio and Vancouver rock institution the Warehouse. Naturally, songs like “Metro” and “Feel It Inside” match the Big Muff riffing and landscape-leveling drum pounding of their early work. With a bit more room to breathe on the 10-song It’s a Life, though, the Jins also detour through cello-emboldened fields of Americana (“Clementine”), gloom-laden proto-psych (“Jin Sabbath”) and life-contemplating alt-ballads (“Crossroads”).

“We talked to Dave about doing a full length, and having more songs that we could take risks on,” Partridge recalls, Larsen likewise noting that the record at times “feels transitory.” Like a well-charted route, though, the branching off never feels quixotic or disrespectful to the Jins’ artistic DNA. “We just felt like it was a broader reflection of our experience,” Larsen explains, adding, “At the end of the day, what we’re doing is stripped down rock and roll. It’s very ‘90s inspired. We’re not going to deny that about ourselves.”

Eight years on from their first practice, the Jins have both honed and added dimension to their crunched-up alt-rock approach. Like the pigeons they based their name on, the Jins are transitory creatures ready to see where the wind takes them next. “Pigeons seem ubiquitous, but they’re kind of overlooked,” Larsen suggests. “People think they’re like flying rats; I just think they’re really funny. They’re just really interesting creatures that are underrated.”

With a new album now on the horizon, the trio are excited to tour for the first time since the dawn of the pandemic. It’ll be their first time hitting stages outside of Vancouver since Death Wish’s “She Said” unexpectedly took off on TikTok and brought the band to an even bigger streaming audience (the song is 3 million and counting on Spotify). The Jins, to say the least, are ready to spread their wings. As “Metro” only gains momentum, they won’t be underappreciated much longer.

The Jins are Ben Larsen (vocals, guitar), Hudson Partridge (bass) and Jamie Warnock (drums, vocals).

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