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The Big Pink

The Big Pink are an English electronic rock band from London, England.  The band consists of multi-instrumentalists Robertson “Robbie” Furzie, Dave McCracken, and Mary Charteris.  Initially a duo, they signed to independent record label 4AD in 2009 and won the NME Philip Hall Radar Award for Best New Act.  The group has released so far five singles, their debut album, “A Brief History of Love” (2009), and a followup album, “Future This” (2012).

The group came together when Furze and Milo Cordell started working together as The Big Pink in 2007.  They took their name from the debut album by the roots-rock group from the 1950’s “The Band”.  Furze used to play guitar for Alec Empire and run the record label Hate Channel with Cordell.  Cordell had also been releasing records through his own label Merok Records, which featured early noise-rock  releases by Klaxons, Titus Andronicus, and Crystal Castles.  After collaborating together in mid-2007, the duo released their first single “Too Young To Love” on 7″ vinyl in October 2008 on the House Anxiety label.  The single was limited to 500 copies worldwide and features a homoerotic photograph by Dennis Cooper as its cover.  Similarly, a limited edition 12″ single for “Too Young To Love” was released only in Japan featuring more exclusive cover photos from Cooper.

The duo signed with British record label 4AD in February 2009.  On February 25, 2009, the duo won the prestigious Philip Hall Radar Award for Best New Act at the NME Shockwave Awards.  In April 2009, 4AD issued the duo’s first single for the label “Velvet”, which Pitchfork Media described as “undeniably immense, but it’s a tribute to The Big Pink’s skill and maturity that it still manages to sound intimate”, and awarded the track a 7 out of 10 rating.

The Big Pink’s debut album “A Brief History of Love” was released on September 14, 2009.  Their fourth single “Domino” was released a week before the albums release.  The album was produced by the band themselves at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and it was remixed by Rich Costey.  Cordell told BBC 6 Music that the album encompasses “every different aspect of love … the good, the bad, the boring, the exciting, the dreams, the nightmares, the whole thing”.  The band toured nationwide through Europe, Japan, and the United States from August through the end of 2009 with dates in Australia, and a second North American tour set for Spring 2010.  They also supported Muse on their UK tour in November, and in turn, provided a remix of Muse’s song “Undisclosed Desires”.  On February 24, 2010, the single “Dominos” won Best Track at the NME Awards.  The band appeared at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival and opened for Muse at London’s Wembley Stadium.

In an interview with NME, Furze noted that there would be a strong hip-hop influence for the recording of the band’s second album.  However, he later retraced this statement regarding the band’s musical direction in a later interview with NME where he stated that he wished he hadn’t made such a claim.  The album was released in January 2012 and featured songs that sampled groups such as “Siouxsie and the Banshees” and Laurie Anderson.

The band is currently working on their third album although Cordell left the group during production.  Cordell moved to New York to focus on his Merok label.  Furze said that although Cordell left, he’s still been in the studio working with such producers as Supreme Cuts, the-Drum, Van Rivers, and Andrew Wyatt on the new album.

Furze stated that he and drummer Vicky Jean Smith recently recorded three new tracks at New York’s Electric Lady Studio and that the band would be touring with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the UK in March.

This group has seen some early success but is still trying to make name for themselves.  The potential is there, just check out the single “Dominos” below along with their other hit singles and be sure to keep an eye out for the bands third studio album.  I’m sure it won’t be one to miss.

 

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – The Big Pink – Picture: Google Images

AWOLNATION

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Here is a band that has inspired many to “Sail!”

Awolnation (usually stylized as AWOLNATION) is an American electronic rock band that was formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno, formerly of the bands “Under the Influence of Giants,” “Hometown Hero,” and “Insurgence.”  The band is made up of Aaron Bruno (vocals, rhythm guitar), Drew Stuart (lead guitar, backing vocals), Kenny Carkeet (keyboards, backing vocals, rhythm guitar), David Amezcua (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Isaac Carpenter (drums).  The band is signed to Red Bull Records and released their debut album “Megalithic Symphony” on March 15, 2011.

Awolnation all started when Aaron Bruno was approached by Red Bull Records in 2009 and was aked if he wanted to use the Red Bull recording studio in Los Angeles.  He recorded a few songs in the studio and ultimately signed with the label calling it more of a “partnership,” and was allowed to make the recordings that he wanted.  Bruno wrote all of his own songs on his initial EP and would consult his friends, family and respected artists for guidance.  The name “Awolnation” comes from Bruno’s high school nickname.  In an interview with Kristin Houser of the L.A. Music Blog, he stated that he “would leave without saying goodbye because it was just easier, so that’s where the name Awol (slang from the military acronym for Absent WithOut Leave) came from.”

The band released their debut album “Megalithic Symphony” digitally on March 15, 2011, and physically on March 29, 2011 on Red Bull Records.  The album contained 15 tracks including the singles “Sail,” “Not Your Fault” and “Kill Your Heroes.”  “Sail” peaked at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Rock Songs chart and has gone platinum in the U.S. and double platinum in Canada.  “Sail” has been used in many commercials and television shows.  It was even used during the BMW Olympic Opening Ceremony and in commercial spots throughout the Olympic broadcasts.

The band is currently working on a second studio album and have released two new songs, “TheKidsNotAlright,” and “Some Kind of Joke.”  They have announced that the new album will come out “sometime in 2014.”

The band has a kind of dark, synthey, bluesy feel to them.  With hard-rocking hits like their track “Burn It Down” to soft, soulful tracks like “All I Need,” this band has a mix of a little bit of everything.  Bruno’s bluesy vocals help guide the songs from being deeply personal and intimate to being hard-hitting rock anthems.  I love this band and cannot wait until their next album comes out.  Check out their biggest hits below and remember to “SAIL!!!”