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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. The band was managed by Robt Ptak, who had previously worked with Mepris in Ptak's project Artificial Joy. The band made their live debut as a 5-6 piece in May 2008 in London, supporting Yeasayer.
Their first single "Cryptic" appears on Kitsuné Maison Compilation 5 as track number 5. Kitsuné also released a remix single of Pin Me Down's "Cryptic" in June 2008, which included remixes by Paul Epworth, James Ellis, Lissack himself, and others."Bloc Party side-project Pin Me Down to release debut album". NME. 2010-03-05.
Pin Me Down (album)
On 19 July 2010, the band released their self-titled debut studio album. The album was produced by Alex Elena, who previously played drums with Mepris and manager Ptak's band Artificial Joy. The track "Time Crisis" had previously been released on the bands website at the beginning of the year.
Robert Cooke, writing for Drowned in Sound gave the album a negative review of 3 out of 10, saying that the production was a letdown, and "...fundamentally, the songs just aren't great".
All songs written and composed by Pin Me Down."Bloc Party Guitarist Revives Side Project". DigitalSpy. 2010. Cooke, Robert (14 April 2010). "Pin Me Down". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 14 October 2014.