Featuring members of great North East bands such as Tide Of Iron, Grace, Jinn and OZO, BALLPEEN burst onto the Newcastle scene in 2017. Their debut show at Little Buildings was a low-key affair, but their opening performance at the inaugural Brave Exhibitions festival in the same year was a stand-out of the weekend and led them to becoming the festival’s perennial favourite.
With roots in post-hardcore and the dynamism of greats such as Melvins and Unwound, BALLPEEN have looked to capture the energy of their live performances through releases on premier DIY labels, Serial Bowl Records and Cruel Nature Records. 2018’s ‘Loose Knot’ with it’s wry nod to Black Flag in title and excellent artwork, served as a solid statement of intent and was an early recording for the Sound Schitty Mobile Recording Studio. ‘Pachinko’, released in summer 2020, is an 8 tracker that blisters along like a wide-eyed frenetic who’s had all the speedballs. With quality production that brilliantly captures the urgency of their live performances, ‘Pachinko’ will delight old and new fans alike.
Their last release was a split CD with their good friends Onlooker from Teesside, another summer 2020 release. Recorded during the same session as ‘Pachinko’, BALLPEEN’s three contributions to the split strike a good balance between mid-paced, hardcore onslaught and slow, churning rhythms.