Pink Turns Blue Promo
By Marcus Pan
Strange half of this band looks like Billie Joe
Armstrong. Louis Pavlou (drums) and Reini Walter (bass) made me think of this.
Also with them is Mic Jogwer (vocals/guitar) and Brigid Anderson (vocals/keys).
They create a dark, brooding post-punk old skool goth sound whenever they get
together. Two albums so far, Reunion and Phoenix, done in 2004
and 2005 respectively. What I have is not either of those, but a split demo CD
with three tracks from each.
Reunions Your Master is Calling kicks us
off and tumbles almost over the 8 minute length mark. The track gives you a
good indication of what to expect from Pink Turns Blue. Well played, ballad
style, smooth backgrounds against which are layed rhythm bass, percussion and
occasionally-picked guitar strains. Mics vocals are reminiscent of what
Sisters or Smith were doing with their voices for a while, but its done well
and for some reason doesnt smack of imitation even if the comparison is
there. I do have to take issue with the length though I found Temple
of Love to be long and I find Your Master is Calling to be the same.
Cut it more than half well played, but its not a meal.
Michelle has an interesting experimental start to it
with muted scrapes and pounding beats. Walking on Both Sides follows
this and brings the Reunion section of this split CD to a close.
Aftermath thoughts on the first three are that Pink Turns Blue make a good
sound, but will have a tough competition sitting next to circa-80s works of the
From Phoenix, Nows the Time opens us up
for their later releases. Nows the Time is cleaner and better
produced, but one could wonder if Pink Turns Blue have lost that garage rawness
that made them more appealing on the Reunion album (or at least the
chunk I have of it). Good Times is also nice and clean with crisp guitar
work. The band has certainly grown together and tightened nicely, a definite
plus. Good Times also is a bit dirtier than Now is the Time so
theres still edge here.
Pink Turns Blue is a good example of old goth. If you really
like that sort of thing and want some more besides whats been out a while
now, its a good place to turn. The group doesnt mess with the moody
formula that we know so well, so theres no surprises here. Its