Pin-Up Went Down

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Pin-Up Went Down
Also known as Esthete Piggie (2006)
Origin Rouen, France
Genres Avant-garde metal, death metal, progressive metal, extreme metal
Years active 2006–present
Labels Ascendance Records
Associated acts Carnival in Coal, Wormfood, öOoOoOoOoOo
Website http://pinupwentdown.fr/
Members Alexis Damien
Nicolas Damien
Past members Asphodel

Pin-Up Went Down is a French avant-garde metal band formed in Rouen in 2006, comprising multi-instrumentalist Alexis Damien and his brother Nicolas as of 2014.

History[edit]

Pin-Up Went Down was formed in 2006, initially as a one-man project fronted by former Carnival in Coal and Wormfood member Alexis Damien and bearing the name Esthete Piggie. Damien was later joined by singer and photographer Aurélie "Asphodel" Raidron, who had also sung for other projects such as gothic metal band Penumbra, Howdy Effect and Nowonmai, and the band changed its name to the current one later on.[1]

On 28 March 2008 the duo released their first studio album, 2 Unlimited, through Ascendance Records. The album's fusion of different musical genres such as power pop, progressive metal, death metal, funk, symphonic metal and gospel music was well received by the critics,[2] and two years later, on 28 June 2010, their second album, 342, came out also through Ascendance, further developing their unusual musical style and also being well received.[3] In the same year, Pin-Up Went Down was joined by Alexis' brother Nicolas Damien, becoming a trio.

In 2012 the band self-released through their Bandcamp page the EP B-Sides, containing five tracks which were originally outtakes from both the 2 Unlimited and 342 albums.

As early as 2013 the band began to work on what would be their third album, Perfreaktion; however, Asphodel announced that she would be leaving the band in January 2014 to pursue other projects,[4] and since then the album remains unreleased. Shortly after she formed the duo öOoOoOoOoOo (pronounced "chenille"; French for "caterpillar"), alongside Baptiste Bertrand. They released their first studio album, Samen, on 21 October 2016 through Apathia Records.[5] Pin-Up Went Down, however, announced that they wouldn't be splitting up despite Asphodel's departure, but as of 2014 it is undergoing an undeterminate hiatus period, with no plans of further performances or albums.

Line-up[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Alexis Damien – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, piano, drums (2006–)
  • Nicolas Damien – guitars, keyboards (2010–)

Former members[edit]

  • Aurélie Raidron (Asphodel) – vocals (2006–2014)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
2008 2 Unlimited
2010 342
  • Label: Ascendance Records
  • Format: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album
2012 B-Sides
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Biography". Official site of PUWD. 
  2. ^ "2 Unlimited Review". Spirit of Metal. 
  3. ^ "342 review". MindOverMetal. 
  4. ^ "Asphodel left the band". PUWD official site. 
  5. ^ Bandcamp - Samen | Apathia Records

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