It took singer Aaron Lippert a few years to rise from the ashes of his former band, indie heroes Expanding Man. When he finally did so with the outfit Godboxer, response was enthusiastic in his native Boston, leading to the creation of the EP Pins. The set is an undeniably impressive debut, with Ducky Carlisle's sympathetic production playing to the strengths of all the bandmembers -- particularly Lippert, who gets to cast his voice out as if he's in a Cheap Trick cover band. "Until You're Gone" is a spirited, rousing opener, matched in power only by the intriguing "Black Eye" (featuring fellow Bostonian Bleu on backing vocals), which almost catapults the band into the arena rock stratosphere. The title track, a playful threat to pull out a voodoo doll as a way of transferring passive-aggressiveness into action, is another standout. Only the lethargic letdown "Come Sunday" takes at all away from an immensely enjoyable slice of power poppish rock; one only wishes after hearing Pins all the way through that it reached full LP length instead of existing as a teasing EP.
AllMusic Review by Joseph McCombs