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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PINKWASH at Everybody Hits, Cherry at Boot & Saddle, Bryant Eugene Vazquez at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

West Philly punk rock duo PINKWASH are making some of the loudest, most rage-worthy tunes in the city right now, and they’ll bring their energetic and heavy sound to Everybody Hits tonight for a show with WAND, who are touring support of their recently-released new album Plum, and Darto. PINKWASH’s last release was their debut LP Collective Sigh in 2016, and they recorded a Key Studio Session earlier this year, which you can listen to below. Since guitarist / vocalist Joey Doubek has been busy on tour drumming for Downtown Boys and drummer Ashley Arnwine has been doing the same with Waxahatchee, getting the two bandmates in the same place at once has been rare this year — so don’t miss it. Find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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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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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 →

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Screaming Females sounded stadium-ready at Union Transfer on Saturday

Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Saturday night, New Jersey’s Screaming Females ended their four week tour at Union Transfer with a set demonstrating that in their tenth year, they deserve all the good things coming to them. Focusing heavily on their new album, Rose Mountain, the songs translated well from basement show fare to something dare-I-say stadium ready. That might be a scary thought to some punk fans, but seeing Marissa Paternoster shredding for the masses rather than some dude from Walk the Moon is way more satisfying if you ask me. Continue reading →