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The Key Studio Sessions: Pinkwash

While we were setting up microphones and amplifiers in the XPN studio, I chatted with Pinkwash singer-guitarist Joey Doubek about shooting video of the band’s performance. “Oh, that’d be great!” he said. “Because y’know, I think our uncompromising live show is where we really shine.” We laughed — his statement was certainly tongue-in-cheek, a bit of fun poked at some music writing phraseology that gets applied to the heavy Philly duo again and again.

But there’s repetition for a reason. D.C. natives and longtime friends Doubek and drummer Ashley Arnwine are indeed a force when they perform at shows. The power of complex rhythms and intricate riffs, performed at a racing sprint at the nexus of prog and punk; Doubek yelling into the mic in a Robert Plant falsetto before switching gears into headbanging, Arwine franticly darting her head in every which direction depending on which part of the kit she’s laying into…between all of that, it’s virtually impossible to watch Pinkwash play and feel unmoved.
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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Thin Lips, Pinkwash, Trophy Wife and more playing benefit festivals in April

Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Local bands are teaming up for a run of benefit festivals this spring, supporting organizations that are crucial to queer and POC communities. Electrifest: Radical Queer Empowered Healthcare and Wellness expands the fest model to include symposium-style discussions on April 8th and 9th at The Rotunda, while the 4th annual Get Better Fest supports the Trans Assistance Project, Youth Emergency Services, and Women Against Abuse on April 28th at Glittery Gallery, April 29th at the First Unitarian Church, and April 30th at PhilaMOCA.

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Pinkwash, Joie Kathos, DJ Diamond Kuts will play All Access: Philadelphia at Electric Factory on Saturday

Pinkwash | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Pinkwash | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

This Saturday, a handful of Philadelphia artists will take part in All Access, a nationwide series of events — concerts, poetry readings and discussion panels — centered around women’s reproductive rights.

The big event hits the stage of the Electric Factory on Saturday night: local punk duo Pinkwash joins rapper Joie Kathos and the famed DJ Diamond Kuts for a concert beginning at 6 p.m. Also on the bill is Bay Area rapper Rocky Rivera, Detroit singer-songwriter Tunde Olaniran and Baltimore MC Rye Rye. The all-ages event is free, but RSVP is required — you can do that here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinkwash at Everybody Hits, The Go-Gos at The Fillmore, Cheerleader at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash | photo by Amy June Breesman | courtesy of the artist

Pinkwash just released their debut full-length Collective Sigh off of Don Giovanni Records in May and tonight they play Everybody Hits. The event page for the evening suggests, “bang yer head and take out your aggression on some current political situations with a bat and a ball. The world is over and music is all we have left.” Tickets can only be purchased at the door so be sure to get there early to snag yours. More info on the event can be found on its Facebook page. Get familiar with “Longer Now” off Collective Sigh below. Continue reading →

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Pinkwash share low-fi, hi-color video for “Gumdrop”

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by Amy June Breesman | courtesy of the artist

Pinkwash just released their debut LP Collective Sigh on Don Giovanni Records, honing in on powerful hooks and heavy riffs that make it “one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records).” Now the duo has shared a video for “Gumdrop,” premiered earlier on the AV Club.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinkwash at LAVA Space, Laser Background at Ortlieb’s, Pkew Pkew Pkew at Deep Sea Hideout and more…

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist

After a series of cathartic, aggressive and gripping early releases, Philly power duo Pinkwash stepped up their game even more for their debut LP Collective Sigh, out today on Don Giovanni records. Everything that was awesome about the Your Cure Your Soil EP and the Cancer Money 7″ – the bare-knuckled riffage of Joey Doubek, the propulsive rhythms of Ashley Arwine, the interlocking and sort of proggy complexity – is totally intact. What’s new is a huge embrace of hookiness, making it one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records). Pinkwash headlines West Philly’s LAVA Space tonight before heading on a month-long tour; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Read the band’s recent interview with our John Morrison and listen to Collective Sigh in its entirety below.
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Unwrapping the post-punk complexity of West Philly’s Pinkwash

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by Amy June Breesman | courtesy of the artist

West Philly drum and guitar duo Pinkwash have spent the past three years crafting hypnotic punk ragers with muscular guitar parts wrapped in oddly-timed rhythms. Their first release, the magnificently tense yet explosive Your Cure Your Soil EP (Sister Polygon) was a brutal, outraged set of songs dealing with the death of singer / guitarist Joey Doubek’s mother from breast cancer.

After releasing the Cancer Money 7” and going on tour, the band returned to Philly to work on their first full length, Collective Sigh out this month on Don Giovanni Records.

We sat down with Joey and drummer Ashley Arwine to talk about touring, their new album and West Philly’s emerging post-punk scene. Continue reading →

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PINKWASH release “Metastatic,” their grinding, catchy new single

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

For just two people, Philly duo PINKWASH manage to make quite a bit of sound. Their newest track, “Metastatic,” off their soon-to-be-released debut Collective Sigh, is proof positive. Guitarist and singer Joey Doubek spins a grinding trancelike guitar riff that doesn’t really have a beginning or end. Meanwhile, drummer Ashley Arnwine peppers the track with crashing cymbals and unexpected snare hits. Continue reading →

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Pinkwash share newest Collective Sigh single, “Burning Too”

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

Philly stoner/math-punk duo Pinkwash release their debut album with Don Giovanni Records Collective Sigh on May 13th, and they’ve shared the album’s newest single, “Burning Too.”

“Burning Too” continues in the same vein of first single “Longer Now” with its inverted punk riffs and frequent time changes. Singer Joey Doubek howls and drummer Ashley Arnwine pounds, and together they sound like Japandroids minus the booze plus hallucinogenics. Continue reading →

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PINKWASH announce debut full-length album, share first single “Longer Now”

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

Punk duo PINKWASH, made up of Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine, have shared “Longer Now”, the first single from their debut LP Collective Sigh, available on Don Giovanni Records in May.

On “Longer Now” the band channels both the garage punk ferocity of Queens Of The Stone Age and the prog-rock energy of The Mars Volta. Big guitar riffs and pounding drums mingle with a heavy noise backlash, creating a powerful combination for PINKWASH. Continue reading →