Pinto is the latest emo-revival band emerging from the snowy streets of Chicago. They add an orchestral feel to the genre, which was defined by the likes of 90s emo bands Mineral and Sunny Day Real Estate. Their debut album Where Will You Be on the First Day of Spring? was released on the spring equinox 2015. The group is comprised of Sarah Begosh, Timothy McPherrin, Mark Jaeshke, Benj Rowe, and Andy Hendricks.
The album starts off with an optimistic organ intro that’s complemented by horns and violin. As we listen, we feel ourselves being pulled from the grasp of winter, and into the warm arms of spring. The first track, “The Snow Has Started & It Won’t Stop Until You’re Miserable,” continues from this intro, keeping its slow pace. Pinto continue to ask rhetorical questions through both male and female vocals.
The song crescendos, and the feedback bleeds into the next track, “The Cowboys of San Juan.” This song stays at a faster pace, as the lead guitar complements an intricate chord progression. This time, Begosh takes full reign of the vocals, and continues to do so throughout the album. Distortion is added, and the lead riff deviates, though there are no real changes in dynamic.
Overall, the pseudo-conceptual album does a great job at capturing the false hope presented by a Chicago spring. Nonetheless, they don’t limit themselves to this time of the year, detailing the fickleness of fall in “September Song.” This song serves more of a transitional track, with soft guitar chords complementing the chord progression set by the organ.
The last track “Death Dream #12” juxtaposes the preceding song. A simple lead guitar complements quickly strum chords as the album comes to a close. No one track truly sticks out on this record, and the lack of a clear single might be the only thing holding this record back. Though, the album flows so organically that it’s worth the listen.