Pink Turns Blue Phoenix
By Marcus Pan
Pink Turns Blue have been moping up Germany for years
now. Their latest release, Phoenix, has hung out on the German
Alternative Charts (DAC) at position #3 for eight weeks. They had good company
up there too, with VNV Nation and New Order chilling on the charts with
They've been around the block quite a few times as well,
kicking it up at Jubilee Ball, appearances at the Mera Luna and the famous
Wave-Gotic-Treffen. Their songs are spun over quite a few dark dance halls and
Pink Turns Blue have shown up on more compilations than I care to count.
Pink Turns Blue are pretty straight forward. If Siouxsie
Sioux and Peter Murphy had a third brother, this is what he'd sound like. Pink
Turns Blue's Phoenix is gritty, dirty and retains a basement sound that
harkens straight back to Bromley. Underground for example is lopingly
slow, with hard edged riffwork and about as much clean-up as a crackhouse. It's
brilliant for those angsty GAFy types that stomp about dance floors flailing
long nailed fingers atop velvet wrapped arms.
They open Phoenix with a very harsh bit of basement
grime in the form of The Lost Son, a dirge of feedback laden guitars and
almost chant style vocals. Guitars throughout Phoenix are blaring and
wailing, just the same as when Peele first uttered the word "gothic" to
identify the new bohemian music showing up in his corner. These are provided by
Mic Jogwer and Louis Pavlou. Mic's voice is also dark and brooding, and
combined with the breathier voice of Brigid Anderson makes for interesting
mixes the occasional time it's used, such as during Wanderers. Louis
Pavlou also handles drums and keys with Reini Walter on bass and Marcus Giltjes
providing "samples & noises" (which, to me, listing this sounds more like a
pity fuck, but I won't go there).
We slow it down a bit with The Crusade, windy slides
slicing into slowly played drums and strumming guitar. Can Love Survive
is one of my favorites, reminiscent of Gene Loves Jezebel, a bit brighter in
make-up than most other tracks here. Phoenix closes with the seven and a
half minute Feel My Soul. Includes a wailing banshee-like yowl of Mic's
that tears through you like nails on a chalkboard. Did not have to be over
seven and a half minutes.
The only issue I have with Pink Turns Blue's Phoenix
is its resistance to trying something new. It has a very similar taste to the
previous release from the group, Re-Union, regardless of it being
done well. But if old skool GAF is still your thing, it's alive and well in
Germany with the links of Pink Turns Blue, just as dark, brooding and
depressive as ever.
Post: Wilhelm-Stolze-Str. 25, D-10249, Berlin, Germany
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