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Group Members: Milena Mépris
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Bloc Party's Russell Lissack teamed up with American vocalist Milena Mepris in 2004 to form Pin Me Down, a needling, gutsy, dancefloor-friendly indie rock project that nodded to acts like Ladyhawke, Bella, the Long Blondes, and (unsurprisingly) Bloc Party. The duo derived its name from a text message Lissack sent to Mepris in the early days of their collaboration. Mepris was trying to get ahold of Lissack, who at that point was getting ready to play a gig with Bloc Party; he wasn't able to answer his phone, so he sent her a message stating, "Pin me down at 7." The duo's debut single, "Cryptic," was released on Kitsune Maison 5 Golden Edition in early 2008.
Pin Me Down were a pop/electronica/rock side project of guitarist Russell Lissack, of the British band Bloc Party, and guitarist/singer Milena Mepris, formerly of the electro-punk band Black Moustache, Mepris was previously in the band Artificial Joy with Alex Elena and Robt Ptak both formerly of The Bastard Kings Of Rock, Ptak who managed Pin Me Down and executive produced with his wife Renee Frisch Ptak, the producer of the album being Alex Elena . The band made their live debut as a 5-6 piece in May 2008 in London, supporting Yeasayer and headlining several of their own shows.
Their first single "Cryptic" appears on the Kitsuné Maison Compilation 5 as track number 5. Kitsuné also released a remix single of Pin Me Down's "Cryptic" in June 2008, which features remixes by PHONES (producer and remixer Paul Epworth), Jamie Ellis (of Battle) and Russell Lissack, Dave P & Adam Sparkles and Dubka Cazals.
On 22 January 2010, Pin Me Down launched a free download of Time Crisis from their Official website which will feature on the band's debut album due later in 2010.
On 5 March 2010, the band announced the planned release of their eponymous debut for 19 April."Bloc Party side-project Pin Me Down to release debut album". NME. 2010-03-05.