The Manchester grrrl-pop four-piece stitch up whip-smart alt-rock, jagged post-punk and the brightest 1960s harmonies, as evinced on their astute debut album, Girls Like Us, which is out this week. Put the needle on the record and you will hear 21st-century re-wirings of Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Shop Assistants, The Jesus And Mary Chain and The Cramps.
You may also discern leaden Manchester skies and the urgency of an album recorded within a week - a scenario borne of financial necessity rather than aesthetic scruples. "Yeah, I suppose that was pretty fast, and there were no second chances," says guitarist and vocalist Faith Holgate, who is joined by Lois Macdonald (guitars), Anna Donigan (bass) and Sophie Galpin (drums).
"People keep talking about how you can hear the urgency, and I don't know if that is true, but you could definitely feel the urgency while we were doing the record," she says, laughing.
Holgate actively sought other women when she started recruiting band members in 2010, giving precedence to personality over virtuosity, for reasons that were artistic and practical. "I wanted it to be all-girl singing and all-girl harmonies, but at the time I also just felt I would get on with women better than with men," she says.
"It's just more of a sisterly, fun thing. It's the idea we will have a good time all of the time, like being with your friends. Our main priorities are, 'Where's the nearest shower? Where's the mirror?', and we are all on the same wavelength. I am not sure I would have achieved that with a bunch of boys."
This sense of female kinship, punk spirit and gang mentality is evocative of the 1990s' DIY feminist riot grrrl movement, and is epitomised by the album's galvanising title track, a femme-pop call-to-arms that encourages us to form our own bands and do our own thing. Is Girls Like Us a manifesto for the band? "Well, I felt like it was quite an empowering song, and it feels really exciting when we are playing it," says Holgate.
The band's name also stands out. PINS are legs, PINS are weapons, they are DIY instruments, and much besides. Did Holgate have the moniker before the band? It fits them well.
"Oh no, I'm terrible at thinking of names for anything," she says. "There were a few months when people would ask what we were called and we would say, 'Well, we've not got a name yet', and we weren't taken seriously. Then somebody said, 'How about Pins?' and we thought, 'Okay, well, we'll keep it for now, and we'll see'."
The band's autonomous ethos and vintage tone extends to their sharp visual aesthetic, as illustrated by Girls Like Us's stark, monochrome album artwork.
"Even between just the four of us, it is difficult to decide on the colour of something, or the type of writing," says Holgate.
So monochrome is a good bet, because it lessens the chance of inter-band arguments over colour?
"Exactly. It's like, 'Let's do it black - and maybe white.' It is always easier to work independently than having someone else give us their opinion," Holgate concludes.
Not that they need yet another opinion, but PINS are spot on, for what it's worth.
PINS play Broadcast, Glasgow, on October 12. Girls Like Us is out now via Bella Union.