Review: Holy Pinto – ‘Congratulations’

Holy Pinto released Congratulations on April 8th. The band formed back in 2013 and spent time working out the kinks to better hone their talents before releasing an EP in 2015. Now they’re back with their debut LP. “Matches” kicks off the album with a guitar intro and eased lyrics. The song is short, but gives you a dynamic view as to what you’ll hear on the rest of the album. When the full band comes in, it’ll obviously get louder, but it didn’t feel like they were trying to be overbearing with guitar licks and riffs. “Hospital Room” is one of my favorites off the album. It’s a fun song with a serious undertone coming from the lyrics.

It was easy to tell that Holy Pinto thought carefully about the lyrics for each song and that allowed them to put together a fantastic string of songs. “Flowers (with Hospital Pt. 2)” felt a little dragged out at just over six minutes because of the silence and illusion of a “hidden track” as we’ve seen done in many albums. I felt it would have been better to just separate them out and close with part two, but that’s mainly just because I may accidentally switch music without looking at whether or not there’s any time left once I hear a long pause of silence. This isn’t a deal breaker or any reason not to listen to the album, just a little quibble of mine. I thoroughly enjoyed the album and highly recommend giving it a listen.