“Lots of good, lots of bad...” is one way to describe Pinkish Black’s star-crossed career thus far. Their first incarnation arose in Fort Worth, TX, when 2009 saw a trio of like-minded souls connect under the banner of The Great Tyrant and set about hewing a new definition for the word “heavy.” Following the tragic passing of original bass player Tommy Atkins, the remaining duo forged ahead, morphing into an even darker macabre entity. Now comprised of drummer Jon Teague and Daron Beck on vocals and synthesizer, the band released their first, self-titled full-length under the new moniker Pinkish Black. The album was released by Handmade Birds in 2012, and immediately captured the ears and imaginations of critics and fans alike. The album was in turns abrasive, turbulent, darkly melodic, and hauntingly beautiful; the soundtrack for a fever dream, described by Pitchfork as “thick, powerful thuds, with rubber band-like distorted bass from a keyboard growling between dynamic drums, teasing synthesizer lines, and vocals that push between operatic majesty and guttural infamy.”
Century Media announced their partnership with Pinkish Black in November 2012, and the band have recently wrapped up ‘Razed to the Ground,’ their second album and first for their new label home. The title reflects their attitude towards playing music as a whole.
“Jon and I have been playing music for over 2 decades,” Beck comments. “The whole process of getting to this point in our lives and our music has been very much a repeating cycle of building to inevitably tear down to build again to tear down and so on... it's how all life is. Building, destroying, building, destroying...”
Since signing with CM, Pinkish Black hit the ground running. They embarked upon an East Coast tour that included a slot on Pitchfork’s ‘Show No Mercy’ showcase at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, and leveled Austin with several well-received appearances at SXSW. The band have been forced to cancel a few dates due to deaths in the family and members’ own health concerns, but Pinkish Black are nothing if not survivors. More touring lies on the horizon, though for now, Pinkish Black are concentrating on their haunting, harrowing new album. ‘Razed to the Ground’ was recorded and mixed by the band and Matt Bernhart at The Echo Lab, and was mastered to ominous perfection by James Plotkin. The songs themselves pierce the same vein as the band’s earlier material; death rock, post-punk, doom, and electronic elements slither over and under one another. Pitchfork’s analysis of the title track noted how “Teague's churning rhythms and Beck's distant, dead-eyed vocals evoke the divergent intimidation tactics of doom metal and post-punk,” while NPR summed it all up as “heavy, propulsive, and deep.”
Be forewarned: ‘Razed to the Ground’ will see a September 17th release date from Century Media Records.