Posts Tagged ‘The Big Pink

08
Jun
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 96 – PINK NIGHTS

PINK NIGHTS

The first tune that wafted past our ears from this Swedish duo was It Takes Long, which initially threw up sounds that only pushed buttons can generate, launching with a tweak here and a bleep there, laid over a rather dull rush of tapped cymbals.  It sounds like it was made in the bedroom, but not in that kind of authentic, creative way that charms with it’s basic feel, but more the kind of empty, rather casual, unprofessional way that lacks true quality.  There can’t be more than two people in this band, right?  One to hit some buttons, one to sing?  OK, well that last line might be accurate, but as their songs get flowing, particularly when the vocals are utilised, they begin to uncover their sophistication and any initial negative impressions you had are rapidly washed away.  This is arpeggiated, melancholic pop, following a similar path wearily trodden by the elegant HURTS, but this is a diced up, minimal version and it’s delicacy is all the more crisp and glassy for it.  Once you get to the more recent track, Drunk As Two Punks, their speedy maturity is shown to have leapt like a teen on hormone treatments.  Sweeping drifts of misty samples layer up like sediment, over lyrics that describe the underdog, always using the vocals to broaden it, as the song flips and breaks between racing melodies.  The tracks often build to a plump roundedness, produced with the kind of (bedroom-) wall of sound that The Big Pink achieved so well.  They are a group born out of the Stockholm duo, Swedish Shoes, who used to play with a similar tone, but with the power very much cut off.  Quite literally an unplugged version of Pink Nights.  With the electrics now fizzing they attempt the kind of shimmering, moody pop that, at it’s best, reaches deep into your emotional core.  It’s a genre that peaked back in the early 80s, with classics such as Love Will Tear Us Apart, or Here Comes The Rain Again.  It’s no bad thing if this style of structured pop, with it’s intelligent architects behind it, is seemingly on the rise again.  Pink Nights still have a seriously long path to walk, once the bedroom door is opened, to reach this genre’s historical heights, but with their latest reincarnation there are serious signs of hope among the cloudy moods.     (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        PINK NIGHTS – IT TAKES LONG

Hear them here:        PINK NIGHTS – DRUNK AS TWO PUNKS

25
Apr
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 89 – COLLIDER

COLLIDER

Foundations for this rock band started being laid by the Ricksen family in San Francisco back in 2004, between brothers Mark and John.  Several different reincarnated sounds and various bandmates later they had the product they were looking for, having eventually located their bassist Billy Boyle and drummer Steve Martinez through that birthplace of many a spare band member, Craigslist.  Still unsigned, they have so far self-released two EPs through 2009.  The first was the Down In Satrines EP, followed by the BBM EP that had a got a release on the last day of the year.  Having one of their band members listed as being responsible for ‘atmosphere’ probably gives you a clue about the type of indie rock they try to create.  This is scaled up music that not only blasts the roof off, but probably goes on to make its own Ozone hole in the sky above.  It’s the kind of marvellous tunesmithery that The Big Pink mastered so well, with their climactic, sweeping, fuzzy blasts of heartfelt expression.  The music is full and ethereal, and although there are riffs and melodies inside each tune, you never find yourself grabbing all of it.  To say its messy is perhaps slightly unfair and missing its point, as it’s deliberately loose and untidy.  Like a cloud of noisy smoke it’s all-encompassing and although it’s occasionally a little disorientating it’s actually rather pleasant once you breathe it in.  This type of indie is rockier than straight psychedelia, but more dizzy than straight indie rock.  Track names such as The Grid Goes Down Tonight and Big Bang Machines, takes the particle accelerator connotations one neutron too far for our liking, but beyond all that there’s plenty of electric juice in all their songs to keep you energised.  They sent us the exclusive track, Take Off, (see below), from their new EP, Pris, which is planned for a release this coming May, with their first full length due out by the end of the year.  The song is a great example of their many strengths, suggesting this band are now confidently constructing a solid future for themselves.    (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        COLLIDER – THE GRID GOES DOWN TONIGHT

Hear them here:        COLLIDER – TAKE OFF

08
Mar
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 23

We love our home city of Brighton, really we do. Here on The Recommender, we mostly cover music from any of the global scene’s around, but on occasion we have the chance to look no further than our pebble-covered shoreline to locate the buzz of exciting new music. And so it’s with a slightly different edition of The Gig List today that we proudly bring you…

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL

That buzz is currently at ear-splitting levels with the recent announcement of the line ups and dates of our annual new music festival. Rightly touted as the UK’s version of the famous American SXSWFestival, with over 300 (mainly) new bands and acts. It runs over 3 days and at 34 venues across Brighton.  

We’ve perused the lengthy listings and taken it upon ourselves to point out what we think are the worthwhile highlights and we’ve been kind enough to include a little mp3 so you can hear them for yourselves. Aren’t we the helpful ones…

 

  
  
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An Experiment On A Bird In An Air Pump – Lights Out        (ysi)

The Big Pink – Too Young To Love       (ysi)

Fan Death – Veronica’s Veil       (ysi)

Casiokids – Fot I Hose       (ysi)

Dan Black – HYPNTZ       (ysi)

The Joy FormidableWhirring       (ysi)

KasabianClub Foot       (ysi)

Kissy Sell OutNightswimming(Kissy Remix)       (ysi)

Little BootsStuck On Repeat       (ysi)

MetronomyHeartbreaker (Kris Menace Remix)       (ysi)

Micachu & The ShapesThe Golden Phone        (ysi)

The MaccabeesNo Kind Words        (ysi)

Passion PitSleepyhead       (ysi)

The Temper TrapSweet Disposition       (ysi)

V V BrownCrying Blood       (ysi)

We Were Promised JetpacksShips With Holes Will Sink       (ysi)


COST
:                  £ 39.50  (allows access to all venues, subject to capacity)
DATES:                 14th, 15th and 16th May 2009
WEBSITE:             http://www.escapegreat.com

This annual city-wide party is just what the doctor ordered after a long winter. A festival that is growing in stature year on year, it is now rightly claimed as Europe’s leading festival for new music. Could it be any better for a Brighton-based new music blog like ours. We love our city of Brighton, really we do…

Mike

16
Nov
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 16

With some of the world’s best profile photographers now on board, magazines lining up to interview The Recommender, and visitors arriving in their thousands every day now, you are now part of a blog that’s growing and developing in front of your very eyes. Just another handful of reasons for you lovely people to keep on coming back. Now, back to the real reason for it’s existence  – totally awesome tuneage…

ENFANT TERRIBLE
Landed on my feet here with this super-hot new, unsigned, French band. They approached me via Myspace and kindly dropped me their mp3’s. They are totally superb. I love it when fresh meat discoveries like this pop up and give you goosebumps all over. Their dance-pop-electro-madness sound is somewhere between CSS and Crystal Castles. Remember when you first heard the cute, badly-pronounced lyrics of Lovefoxxx from CSS, mixed over a melody-mad chorus, tinged with the echo of Alice Glass’ vocals and Ethan Kath’s stripped down basics and you’re right on the button. The upbeat backdrops with sharp guitars and an 8-bit, ZX Spectrum keyboard accompaniment, makes you smile broadly. Totally irresistible.

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:  ENFANT TERRIBLE – I CAN’T HELP MYSELF

THE BIG PINK
This two-piece from London came wafting by my ears when I located them on the fantastic website, Styleslut. Milo and Robbie also seem to pair up on occasion with a third member who plays the drums for them; the crazy but gorgeous Akiko Matsuura, from the bands Pre and Comanechi. The Big Pink seem to hark back to a day when Manchester sold us every album going. There’s definitely a Primal Scream flavour to them, which is a fantastic thing, but it drops the guitaring for a psychedelic bass rumble. It’s not too retro as they are definitely pushing that sound in a brilliant, modern direction. It’s almost more Chemical Brothers, were they to mash up ‘One Too Many Mornings’ with ‘Life is Sweet’. It’s totally enchanting and will have you hooked.

 

Find them here:     Myspace

Hear them here:    THE BIG PINK – TOO YOUNG TO LOVE

THE GOLDEN FILTER
About time I did a post on this, following their Gig List posting. They describe themselves as secretive and so we don’t know what they look like or any specific info on them as people, apart from that they hail from New York, which leaves us the bare bones to pick over – the music. Thank fuck it’s this good then. An electric-pop sound, sometimes very danceable indeed, sometimes of a slower pace, flows behind the sexy, irresistible vocals. Singing this pure and lovely simply must be from a woman that I imagine to be stunningly beautiful! It’s like Division Kent or St.Etienne having the French DJ Danger jamming behind them. Light and gorgeous. Instantly loveable. The blogs – Big Stereo and Discodust – grabbed them first back in the summer, but as The Golden Filter turn up to play in my town of Brighton in the coming weeks it was time to turn my attention to them. I’m glad I did as it’s solid gold stuff.

Find them here:     Myspace    Last.fm

Hear them here:     THE GOLDEN FILTER – SOLID GOLD

Hope this helped shove a couple more fresh bands down your musical gullets. Return here for more lovingly plucked highlights from the world’s music real soon. Got the ‘Best Of 2008’  list being drafted as we speak, so that’s going to be ram-jammed full of lovelies.

Mike




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