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APTBS & The Big Pink | First Ave | 3/18

April 10, 2010 1 comment

A Place to Bury Strangers is known for being a loud band, but that’s an understatement. They made the headliners, The Big Pink, seem like a lullaby. Their live show is one of the most honest and raw performances I’ve ever seen in a band. Oliver Ackermann masters his manipulation of noise through many different pedals, some his own Death By Audio brand. When Oliver isn’t singing he is beating his Jaguars to a pulp. It is something I would rather not capture in words but rather you see for yourself…though these pics don’t show much chaos. Go see them in your city!

I needed to show Oliver the Aleister that’s up at First Ave because they got their band name from him.

The Big Pink was fun, though I’d say their performance at the Entry last year was much more riveting. Very fun show though, and kudos to Robbie Furze for wearing a Horrors T-shirt.

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A Place to Bury Strangers

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Put this on your calendar!

A Place to Bury Strangers and The Big Pink are going on tour this coming Spring. They are coming to First Avenue on March 18th. This is going to be an insane show, and if you don’t go…..wait what am I saying? You’re going. Check out their Myspace to see when they’re coming to your area.

A Place to Bury Strangers | In Your Heart

The Big Pink w/ Crystal Antlers and Claps | 7th Street Entry | 11/25

November 27, 2009 2 comments

There’s a new local band in town called Claps, and they opened the show. I didn’t make it down early enough to see their set, but I hear they’re making some good minimal synthesized music. I’ll be doing a review on them soon at another show so look for that in the upcoming month.

Straight outta Long Beach, Crystal Antlers came out and pulled the trigger on Minneapolis. From the reaction of everyone at the show it seemed like not too many people knew of Crystal Antlers, but towards the end of the show whoever didn’t know of this band and came with any sort of ego were certainly doubting their existence as a so-called “music head.” These fellers were great. Their set-up made them noisier live than I thought they would be, and it was a splendid surprise…m m mmmmm. The girl of the group was on keys, and the sounds she was making were haunting. It was somewhat reminiscent of The Horrors’ chilling noises (get ready for bad but relatable joke) that would make any crystal shatter (sorry). She had nice boots and a bad-ass sleeveless button-up too (because you were wondering). These Long Beach cats are tough mang. Aside from the great drums, there was a hip hop hipster percussing beats and jumping around like he was performing “Everyone Nose.” At first I was wondering if this was going to be a token black guy trick, but it really wasn’t. He added a lot to each song. The vocals and guitars were a perfect fit to their style. So if you lost these guys in the other “Crystal” bands or mistook The Antlers for them you’d better get your shit straight son. This is Crystal Antlers. Word.

Music from The Big Pink is like shoegaze with big beats. These guys are climbing their way up to being more hyped than TV on the Radio. Okay maybe that was a little much, but they are getting big fast. I’m sure they’re getting pink along the way too. The Big Pink came out in smoke and blinding light, and I thought my eyes were going to fall out. It was a good feeling that paired with my eardrums being blown off from the layering sounds that ensued. These guys are full of British swagger that stems down from early punk legends. They had a cute chick drumming, and everybody else was making noise, plucking minimal riffs, or just looking like they could kick your ass.

Here’s their set list…

If you were wondering….yeah, that is the “Sweet Dreams” Beyonce sings, and yeah, it was an awesome cover. I think Jay-Z would’ve even melted hearing it from these guys. “Pharrell” joined them for their last song, (I can’t believe it’s not in three car commercials right now) “Dominos.” These guys gave a great live performance. This is going to be a show that people are going to pride themselves for being at once The Big Pink is selling out First Ave in the future.

After the show the bands headed over to Clubhouse Jäger for Transmission, and The Big Pink did some guest DJing. I think everyone expected some rare British rock and post-punk music, especially since that’s what Transmission usually caters. Instead they heard 90’s jock jams. It was great. Most people were too drunk to care what they were dancing to anyways.

Check out what “cute drummer chick” thought of the night at Exceedingly Good Keex.

British Rock Is Always Top has a review, pics, and neat videos up.

The Big Pink Show & DJ Set

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

The Big Pink is a huge buzz on both sides of the Atlantic so it only makes sense that their Wednesday show at the 7th Street Entry is sold out. Guess what you lucky wanker?! You can see them perform a DJ set at Clubhouse Jäger after their gig! Guess what else?!

IT’S EFFING FREE!!!

They’ll be joining Transmission for the biggest night of the year thus far.

Clubhouse Jäger
923 Washington Avenue N (corner of Washington and 10th)

For more info view the FB event page here.

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The Big Pink | A Brief History of Love

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment

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A little shoegaze, noise, drone, electronic, and indie influence sounds good if you can put it all together the right way. The Big Pink did just that. Both members had help and experience in and with other bands, and that help and experience paid off. They know they’re not the best musicians, but they also know that if you use the right approach and good production, you can make amazing noises. Their debut album A Brief History of Love is a huge hit in the UK, and it is slowly but surely becoming more and more of a big hit here as well. Oh…and they’re obsessed with Elvis Presley so that makes me like them even more.

The Big Pink are swinging through the 7th Street Entry doors on November 25th, so make sure you go check them out! You’ll be bummed if you don’t. It’s on Thanksgiving Eve so you don’t work. No excuses! Sorry for nagging, but seriously…

The Big Pink – Too Young to Love

The Big Pink – Dominos

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Buy A Brief History of Love

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