“This Columbia group manages to win you over in phases. First, you’re nodding your head to its Phishy jams. Then, its funky-thumpin’ bass licks get the foot tappin’. Then, out of nowhere, Pinna whips out an anthem like “Partygirl,” and the dance floor fills up. Suddenly, you’re grooving to some funk-rock blend that reminds of you of Zappa and Perpetual Groove all at once. These guys want your attention, and they’re not afraid of being too forward about it. Exhibit A: Their songs provoke people to get “naked in the Carolina moonlight."”
“Even if you are the kind of person who hates jam bands, this is still an act worth checking out. Lead guitarist and singer George Fetner (who has a degree in music composition from USC) is one of the town’s most gifted guitar players, and he and his band mates, more than most jam bands, actually engage and surprise their listeners with their adventurous improvisational forays.”
"Smart money says Bull, a rare drummer who expertly balances muscularity and musicality, pushes Pinna’s already jazzy tunes into Medeski, Martin and Wood levels of funkiness."
"Diverse and musically remarkable tunes"
“The Outervention will share the stage with Pinna, which means the technique and skill of the guitarists will be at a prime level. ”
"Pinna transcends traditional, effusive jam-rock noodling by plotting its instrumental left turns and musical meditations thoughtfully, wasting no note and exploring some pretty left-field territory."
"We think the Phishead ears are going to enjoy Pinna."
"With time and dedication, it’s very possible that Pinna will be rewarded for their hard work. Not only is Pinna a good band, but they also exhibit that indie-pop, jam-oriented style that is crucial for widespread attention and airplay on major radio stations.
"Pinna is the perfect band to take you out of your winter slump and remind you that spring and summer are just around the corner."
“Although it might not be fair to call Pinna a jam band, the group’s funk and jazz-inflected rock music and penchant for extended instrumental journeys no doubt makes it a favorite of the local Phish and Deadhead crowd. Such a pigeon-holing, however, belies the skill and musical agility that far too many of its brethren do without. While Pinna might love to mix classic rock covers in with its original tunes, this is anything but a stagnant and staid rock band spinning its wheels. For a rock ‘n’ roll good time with just the right touch of flower power, this is your ticket. K. Petersen”
"Pinna’s set list never disappoints with fresh takes on classic rock songs, but don’t expect to be bored by a 25 minute version of Ants Marching. You’ll remain interested through every funky breakdown, but to be honest the real treat is when these boys play their originals."
“Groups like Pinna often have to contend with the “jam band” label, which many people assume denotes a lack of interest in songwriting, dynamic arrangements or musical planning of any kind. In truth, much of Pinna’s strength derives from its commitment to well thought-out musical explorations around solid, listener-friendly songs. Sure these guys have chops like nobody’s business and lead guitarist George Fetner can spend quite a bit of time spinning out some loose-limbered guitar lines, but it never feels directionless or tepid. Instead, the group excels at high energy, entertaining sets that can win over almost any audience.”
“I hereby declare a moratorium on referring to Pinna as a “jam band.” Yes, the quartet-turned-trio-returned-to-quartet — keyboardist Tim Pape has recently re-entered the fold following a yearlong absence — builds on a bouillabaisse of classic-rock-inflected funk-jazz grooves and stretches its sonic excursions into extended musical meditations. But Pinna doesn’t follow the straight-ahead, trad-jam verse-chorus-verse-chorus-noodleforliketwentyminutes plot; there’s a thoughtfulness that plots each of Pinna’s tangential left turns, making its music excitingly unpredictable — and, dare we say, challenging. Reader, Pinna is most certainly no loosey-goosey, good-vibe, patchouli-stink jam band.”
"Pinna is far more than your average jam band"
“This Columbia jam outfit’s statememt of purpose: “Expanding the mind with the art of sound,” as it says on its MySpace site. Well, mission accomplished, boys: Far more than your average jam band, Pinna’s sonic musings are filled with unexpected — and unexpectedly challenging — left turns, a testament to the band’s exquisite musicianship.”
“The boys in Pinna sure pride themselves on their band’s aural branding. It’s fitting, because they take their name from the anatomic term for the outer part of the ear, but also because, clichés be damned, they will literally catch your ear. The je ne sais quoi of the Columbia three-piece is its clever positioning at the intersection of jam and indie. By alternate turns math-y and obtuse — yet inexplicably warm and groove-oriented — think Pinback meets a Phish-inspired jazz trio. It just might be a little bit crunchy, but it’s likely good for what ails you.”
“There are two definitions of the word Pinna depending on how far back you want to go linguistically; it’s either the outer visible part of your ear or, in the original Latin, a feather. For the Columbia band that uses the word for its name, a combination of the two works nicely to describe its sound, an outwardly funky yet lightweight version of classic jam-rock that sticks out primarily due to all the instrumental curves the individual members tend to tickle their audience with. Whatever the name, it’s bound to catch your entire ear, inside and out.”