Nothin’ But a Number

Pinky Pinky's members just graduated from high school and they're setting their sights on music, not college.

Pinky Pinky (Courtesy of Pinky Pinky)

“I’m so sorry,” Anastasia Sanchez of the garage-rock trio Pinky Pinky says after hopping on the phone a few minutes after our appointed interview time. “We were practicing.”

The drummer-slash-singer is speaking on behalf of Pinky Pinky, the Los Angeles garage-rock trio she formed with friends Eva Chambers and Isabelle Fields four years ago, at the start of high school. Though Sanchez graduated in 2016, the other band members are on the precipice of crossing the stage on the Thursday afternoon when we speak.

Friday is Fields’ graduation from The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, an experience she predicts will be rather boring. “My friend is singing ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus,” Pinky Pinky’s guitarist says. “That’s, like, the most exciting thing that’s going to happen at my graduation.”

Chambers’ last day of classes at downtown L.A.’s Grand Arts was today, and she somehow managed to get “in trouble” with her painting teacher.

“She gave us this giant painting to do, and I hadn’t finished it,” the self-taught bassist says. “But it was just at this point where I was like, ‘It’s the last day. I’m not going to finish this. I’m nowhere near done.’ ”

While most high-school seniors would be drinking, smoking, or otherwise partying by now, Pinky Pinky is currently at band practice — because they’ve got to get in shape. In a few days, the three of them will squeeze their suitcases, instruments, and bodies into Fields’ mom’s car and head up north for their first-ever “out of L.A.” tour. Though Pinky Pinky has been around since at least 2013, the band is still relatively new to performing live, having spent the bulk of their time honing their sound.

“We were punk in the beginning, then we were ’60s psych, and then we were blues-ey,” Fields explains. “Now, I feel like we’re just making music that comes out of us naturally.”

In May, Pinky Pinky released its self-titled debut, a four-track project brimming with propulsive, chord-heavy rockers steeped in soul and coated in an overall dusty, retro sound. “Ram Jam,” the trio’s first official single, is a thundering, bassy, surf-rock jam, and “Spiders” is a drum-heavy, hypnotic, indie banger.

Dissect the lyrics and you’ll find some of the silly humor you’d expect from underage girls — “Hot Under the Habit,” Chambers says, is “basically about a slutty nun with lustful feelings and dirty thoughts that are getting in the way of taking her vows.” But the music on the whole is fierce, confident, and charged with energy — qualities that tend to catch some of their listeners off-guard.

“We get ‘You guys are really good for girls’ a lot,” Sanchez says.

“I guess people don’t expect much from three young girls,” Fields pipes in.

“And they don’t take us seriously,” Chambers adds.

Fortunately, Pinky Pinky takes itself seriously, so much so that none of its members have applied for college, choosing instead to dedicate their time entirely to making music and playing shows. They have another EP on deck and they’re currently working on their debut album, which they describe as “heavier, rockier, and a little more intricate” than their debut. When pressed for specifics, the most Sanchez will tell me is that it’s “definitely going to be very different from what we first came out with.”

“We’ve grown a lot since we first wrote those songs,” Fields adds.

“A year doesn’t sound like a lot,” Chambers finishes, “but when you’re a teenager, that’s a long time for us.”

Pinky Pinky
plays with CRX
at 9 p.m., on Saturday, June 17, at Bottom of the Hill. $13-$15; bottomofthehill.com

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