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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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Photo Recap: WHYY Connections Fest

Mayor Michael A. Nutter welcomed the WHYY Connections Festival as an annual occurrence midway through the event’s debut run. The festival housed a copious amount of well-respected artists, including hometown favorites Dr. Dog with their eclectic ‘60s pop-rock vibe closing out Saturday night. Other acts included Texas country rocker and son of Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, who supplied a suiting set of blues and country, The Baseball Project with its anecdotal rock about America’s pastime, Philly’s own Kuf Knotz providing his positive rhymes and beats with aesthetically pleasing instrumentation, easy-listening folk songstress Birdie Busch, Toy Soldiers with their vintage rock ‘n’ roll-inspired energy, and the synchronized Japanese-influenced drumming by Kyo Daiko. In-between the featured artists included special appearances by First Person Arts’ Story Slam Champion R. Eric Thomas and Community Rocks! organization leader Sara O’Brien and her girls. You can check out our photos from the WHYY Connections showcase that helped to bond Philly’s community for the day HERE.
 
 
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