PINACT bring their chaotic fuzz-rock sound to Inverness tonight for a show that will cap off an incredible year for the Glasgow trio. The grunge-inspired band also follow up the date with a celebratory end-of-year performance at Glasgow venue Broadcast on December 19.

Having recently signed to American label Kanine Records, the band released one of the rock albums of the year with Stand Still and Rot in May. The album’s title ironically sums up the ethos of a band who attained a record deal by doing the exact opposite.

“We made a record and sent it – it was that simple,” says frontman Corrie Gillies. “Is the album as important as it used to be? If we hadn’t recorded an album we wouldn’t have got signed.

“From that standpoint, making albums is still extremely beneficial. We would have just been making EP’s forever for ourselves.”

Pinact’s self-sufficient ethos stands out even within Glasgow’s active DIY scene. Their uncomplicated approach to writing and composition harks back to the revolutionary American rock scene of the early 90s.

“That definitely inspires the aesthetic of the band,” says Gillies. “As a youngster I totally fell in love with the likes of Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr. Underneath all the distortion though, we still consider ourselves a pop band.

“I’ve always been drawn to catchy songs and simplicity, so that’s what we attempt to write. We won’t be starting a prog band any time soon, anyway.”

Gillies’ minimalist philosophy was reflected in the band’s original set-up. It’s hard to tell from the crashing cymbals and thunderous guitars, but the band’s debut was recorded as a two-piece.

After recruiting a bass player in August, the mere concept of filling out new tunes with bass lines became a source of excitement for Gillies: “A lot of duos try to overcompensate for their lack of members by being as experimental as possible. We tried to do that by playing as loudly as possible,” he says. “Having a bassist just adds that opportunity for space, texture and dynamics.”

If straightforward grunge-pop doesn’t sound appealing on paper, it certainly is to behold live. The band’s rough guitar tones and sonic experimentation has given Pinact an edge that many of their contemporaries lack.

It’s this adventurous streak that attracted New York’s Kanine Records, the label responsible for putting out records from big name indie acts Braids and Grizzly Bear.

“Signing to an American label is incredible for a small Scottish band,” says Gillies. “We’re from here so obviously we have a strong sense of attachment when it comes to playing here. There’s no doubt that we plan on taking advantage of the American connection, though.”

With the band writing their second album for the label already, described by Gillies as “louder, quieter and poppier all at once”, the prospect of breaking the American scene is beginning to look like more than a pipe dream.

More locally, the band will be performing at Inverness festival Brew at the Bog in June – and will be ones to watch in 2016.