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June 2016
Pinkwash
"Collective Sigh
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Solemn resonance slides the door open to “No Real Witness,” the opening track from Pinkwash’s debut album, Collective Sigh. The much-anticipated LP from the prog-punk combination of Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine is available via Don Giovanni Records, and takes little time to develop its emotively-charged release, as the unrelenting battering of percussion unites with those eerie key/synth tones, uncorking the aggression. And with a surge, “Metastatic” jumps out with a sense of controlled high-speed rhythm. The guitar riff and percussion weave in a tightly bound flow, giving way in moments to Doubek’s soaring, lingering vocal outcry. The deep stemming personal feel and weight of his lyrics are thrust forward as the instruments smash ahead.
 
The instantaneous groove of “Gumdrop” surrounds you in a steady power-exuding bounce. The kinetic energy is infectious as that locked-in guitar pattern and pummeling snap of percussion mesmerizes, and Doubek delivers a set of serious-toned yet matter-of-factly-delivered lines: “Feeling of going down, shot to the ground, you’ll have to put me down”. Keys slice through that hypnotic attack like a bright, omen-echoing light.
 
The album takes a moment to breathe as “inhale, exhale” is methodically repeated in “Sigh,” while anticipating the foreboding guitar that emerges gradually from the background, with an upper-cutting sledgehammer of sludgy instrumentation. “Walk Forward With My Eyes Closed” - much like the rest of album - appears to hit on the pain and grief of deep and profound loss. That musical push toward coping is surrounded by the encompassing walls of heavy sonics that gather momentum as Doubek musters up strength. “I’ll walk forward with my eyes closed.”
 

With a thunder-smashing yet deeply personal side, Collective Sigh etches its message at the core, transforming the power of grief into a heavy–hitting memorable display of emotion. - Michael Colavita

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The Synth Sircus Experimenting at Lickety Split April 6

The Synth Sircus Experimenting at Lickety Split April 6

The keyboard experiment that is The Synth Sircus will be finding out if they can make the folks dance (or at least nod their head in approval) in the second floor South Street bar Lickety Split. Originally started by Agent Moosehead’s John Briley and Andy “of the Future” Schwartz as a call for other keyboardists and musicians to join them on stage and jam, the project has taken on a life of its own with rotating members from the local music community, and they even have been laying down some mind-fucking dance tracks of down-tempo futuristic soundscapes. Joining them on the bill will be Synth Sircus contributor and dark, sludgy garage rock songstress Avataria. The show is free so you’ll have more cash for social lubrication. Lickety Split, 401 South St., 8pm, Free, 21+ - Alexis V.



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