Published Oct 24, 2008I keep bad-mouthing the UK for their poor showing in 2008 but considering I've discovered some great rock-based music this fall (I was late on both Glasvegas and the brilliant new Mystery Jets record, and plan to feature the great Stricken City next week) I'm thinking my problem is more that I seem to be looking in the wrong places, like the out of touch British press, which seems to more and more resemble an elderly gentlemen's club like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or something.
My latest find is London's the Big Pink, who I read about not too long ago over at FADER. Currently opening for TV On The Radio over in the UK, they've also supported Crystal Castles two associations that make complete sense when you hear the kind of droning, minimal leftfield pop they come up with.
I guess the key point is that they're the work of Milo Cordell, the dude who owns Merok, the label that gave life to Klaxons, Crystal Castles and the Teenagers, and, I've noticed, has recently picked up the likes of Telepathe, TItus Andronicus and Salem. Cordell's partner is Robbie Furze and as the Big Pink (yeah, I assume they're named after the Band, considering their MySpace URL) they certainly have the goods to follow in the footsteps of the successes Merok has produced.
It helps that they have a single like "Too Young To Love," a massive club anthem in waiting, to introduce themselves with. First impressions are important and the earth-rumbling beat alone is enough to warrant some caution tape. The repetition on the verse isn't lazy or tedious but suits the trance-like vibe of the tune, with its rattling percussion, the doom-laden undertones and an unexpected vulnerability in the chorus's melody. It almost makes me think of what a band like the Stone Roses would be doing had they started today instead of in the '80s.
And then I listen to the gorgeous Jesus & Mary Chain visions recalled in ballad "A Brief History of Love," and I think these guys can have their cake and eat it too.
I hope they rush a full-length because I wanna hear what else they can do.
The Big Pink "Too Young To Love"