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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

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Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band that formed in 2002 out of High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, England.  The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboard), Jamie Cook (lead and rhythm guitar). Nick O’Malley (bass, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, percussion, backing vocals).  The band has released five studio albums: “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006), “Favorite Worst Nightmare” (2007), “Humbug” (2009), “Suck It and See” (2011), “AM” (2013) and “Life” (2015).  They have also released one live album “At the Apollo” (2008).  Their debut album is the fastest-selling debut album by a band in British chart history, and in 2013, Rolling Stone ranked it the 30th-greatest debut album of all time.

The band has won seven Brit Awards – winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times and have been nominated for three Grammy Awards.  They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, in addition to receiving nominations in 2007 and 2013.  The band has also headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, in 2007 and in 2013.

Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the internet (through fan-based sites rather than from the band), with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way new bands are promoted and marketed.

The band’s latest album “AM” (2013) was recorded in Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California and featured guest appearances by Josh Homme of “Queens of the Stone Age”, Elvis Costello’s drummer Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones of “The Coral”.

Upon the release of “AM” on September 9, 2013, the album debuted at No. 1 on the UK album charts, selling over 157,000 copies in its first week.  As a result, Arctic Monkeys made history as the first independent label band with five consecutive No. 1 albums in the UK.  The album received widespread critical acclaim and brought the band their third nomination for the Mercury Prize.  The album also won the Brit Award for Best British Album.

Alex Turner described “AM” as the band’s “most original album yet,” merging hip-hop drum beats with 70’s heavy rock.  The frontman has said that the song “Arabella” expresses the two styles of the album most effectively in one track.  On “AM”, Turner continued to experiment with unusual lyrics and the album includes words from the poem “I Wanna Be Yours” by John Cooper Clarke.  Turner has also stated that Homme’s appearance on the song “Knee Socks” marks his favorite moment of the whole album.  In December 2014, the song “Do I Wanna Know?” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance.

This group loves to experiment in the best kind of way, because as they go from album to album, changing up their sound, it seems they can do no wrong.  It seems every album they release, no matter how different it sounds from the last, always meets critical acclaim and gets nominated for multiple awards.  I hope the Arctic Monkeys will continue this streak with their future albums because so far they seem to be able to do no wrong.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and keep an eye out for whatever comes next from these guys.  I can guarantee it’ll be great.

 

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube: Arctic Monkeys – Picture: Google Images