Pink slips kicked off Saturday's Main stage at Download this year with a fantastically expressive and engaging set from the LA based quintet. Frontwoman Grave (Grace McKagan) is a force in her own right delivering an engaging performance with full on sass.
The title track from their recently released the EP 'Trigger' went down well with its brooding rhythmic march tinged with a 60's surf garage sound.
'Gimme' was deliciously bassy, a really good use of a driving bassline and a slow pace interspersed with crashing drums for an atmospheric hard hitting effect.
'Animal and 'Attack of the Valley Girls' were also highlights of the set, with wonderfully badass basslines The Pink Slips fuse the energy of punk, with a synthy shimmer of pop into a sound all their own.
The whole band put on a good show with an intensely passionate drummer and a bassist that had so much energy throughout which really enthused the audience. Grave was so expressive writhing on stage and giving the performance her all, switching between gracefully demure and alluringly sassy fierceness.
It was a supremely entertaining set which was all the more easy to enjoy when you can tell how much a band enjoys doing what they do and the effort they put in.