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June 2016
Pinkwash
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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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Listening to the Ryan Hemsworth's remix of Nothing’s “Nineteen Ninety Heaven” shifts one's perspective. While the original, found on Tired of Tomorrow (Relapse Records), finds a delicately somber balance of orchestration and vocals, the remix creates an awakening lilt, glimmering in a youthful manner, ramped up by an escalating beat, transforming the tempo and tonal implications. Come join Nothing for their hometown record release celebration on Friday, July 8 at Union Transfer with Citizen, Culture Abuse, and Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler!


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A sinister murkiness compounded by the lure of percussive immediacy frame the dark wave of Remote Control, the latest project from Nicky Kulp (Far-Out Fangtooth, Creepoid). Male and female vocals hypnotically bounce off each other before ultimately uniting in haunting harmony. The trio brings their foreboding, night-crawling sound to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. A pair of Funeral Party Records labelmates in Nashville’s Western Medication, who bring a spring-loaded, daydreaming air with a heart-pounding push, and with a freshly released self-titled EP in hand, Australian outfit Death Bells create a steamy dream-pop landscape. The seductive, sinking-in, shoegaze-noise combination of Dulls gets things started. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - Michael Colavita


New Music Video: "Hail Storm" - The Lawsuits

Bob Sweeney provides a candid look in The Lawsuits’ new music video for “Hail Storm,” featured on their latest album Moon Son, which is available via Randm Records. The footage documents the quintet as they embrace the simple rejuvenating joys of fresh cuts. They'll be performing next in Philly on Friday, September 23 at Boot & Saddle with Nemes & Jeremiah Tall.


New Track: "Balloon To The Moon" - The Writhing Squares

Launch into the stratosphere while you listen to “Balloon To The Moon,” off The Writhing Squares forthcoming LP In The Void Above, which will be released on July 29 via Siltbreeze Records. The bass-anchored propulsion swims in a funky, jazz-accented vessel, providing intriguing twists. The saxophone jumps off that backend drive and psych-oriented vocals, emerging through the clouds. Catch the duo with Alto! and Valley Exit next Tuesday, July 5 at Kung Fu Necktie! (Photo by Ben Leaphart)


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