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The early history of experimental duo PINKISH BLACK is as mournful and tumultuous as the band’s music. The Fort Worth, Texas band originally formed in 2005 as a three-piece doom/jazz project known as The Great Tyrant, but The Great Tyrant never got the chance to release any music. In February 2010, midway through a battle with technical problems, the band’s bassist Tommy Atkins tragically committed suicide, bringing the album’s recording and production processes to a halt.

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After Atkins’s passing, remaining members Jon Teague and Daron Beck set out to redefine current conceptions of heavy music with an unorthodox and forward-thinking synth-driven approach, furthering the work they had started with The Great Tyrant. The band, now a duo, changed their name to PINKISH BLACK in 2010, and released their self-titled debut that same year on Handmade Birds. Pinkish Black was critically acclaimed, as was the band’s 2013 follow-up on Century Media, Razed to the Ground. In its review of the former, Pitchfork called PINKISH BLACK “a band that exudes promise,” while Stereogum called the latter album “an absolute stunner.”

Since Razed to The Ground, PINKISH BLACK have solidified both their confidence and their direction. They signed to Relapse in December 2014, and have steadily refined their songwriting and style over the course of the last two years. Though usually associated most closely with the metal scene, PINKISH BLACK have demonstrated an unflinching capacity to dip their toes in all sorts of disparate musical markets, from doom metal and industrial to post-punk and no-wave.

October 2015 saw the release of PINKISH BLACK’s newest opus, Bottom of the Morning, a 7-track dark music journey that runs the full gamut of influences. PINKISH BLACK have touched on in the past as well as many new experimentations added to their palette. From the gothic, horror-movie-esque organ intro of opener “Brown Rainbow” to the wistful, fuzzed-out conclusion of final track “The Master Is Away,” Bottom of the Morning is simultaneously dark and catchy, dissonant and melodic, smothering audiences with heavy layers of distorted, repressive gloom that still end up as earworms despite their pessimism. It’s as if Scott Walker and John Carpenter were having a bad acid trip with the Melvins, or else as if someone dipped PINKISH BLACK’s ambling, psyched-out space-rock influences in a vat of molten iron. Recorded at Echo Lab Studios in Argyle, Texas by Matthew Barnhart and mastered by James Plotkin (Cave In, Electric Wizard), Bottom of the Morning solidifies PINKISH BLACK‘s reputation one of the most interesting and far-thinking experimental duos currently around.

PINKISH BLACK are:

Daron Beck – Vocals, Synths, Keyboards
John Teague – Drums, Synths

ARTIST UPDATES
  • PINKISH BLACK: Enter Studio to Record New Album; Announce Spring 2018 Tour Dates with Royal Thunder Texas duo PINKISH BLACK have entered the studio to record their fourth full-length album and follow-up to 2015’s Bottom of the Morning. The new album entitled Concept Unification is being recorded at Cloudland Recording Studio in Fort Worth, TX and will be released later in 2018. Stay tuned for further information in the near future. Additionally, ...
  • SXSW 2017: Relapse Artist Peformance Schedule Select Relapse artists will perform at SXSW 2017 throughout the entire week! See all confirmed day-by-day showcases and performances below. Full festivals details available at sxsw.com. Thursday, March 16th 9:30 PM – Ecstatic Vision – MetalSucks Official Showcase (Grizzly Hall w/ Darkest Hour/Tombs/Rivers of Nihil – 2015 E Riverside Dr #4) 11:55 PM – S U R V I ...
  • Roadburn Festival 2017 Announces New Wave Of Bands null_13_12_2016_14_56_58_860 Roadburn Festival 2017 has announced a new wave of band’s including Relapse artists/alumni: Bongzilla Integrity Disfear True Widow King Woman Pinkish Black Lycus Previously Announced: Inter Arma Unearthly Trance More information and tickets: http://www.roadburn.com/roadburn-2017/tickets/
  • PINKISH BLACK Announce Headlining West Coast Tour Texan gothic/experimental post-punk duo PINKISH BLACK have announced a new headlining tour this coming August! The dates will see the band performing throughout the West Coast and US Southwest for two weeks kicking off August 20. Check out a full itinerary below. PINKISH BLACK continue to tour in support of their third full-length album, Bottom of the Morning, which was released via Relapse ...
  • PINKISH BLACK Announce Tour Dates With Ghost & Chelsea Wolfe Experimental post-punk duo PINKISH BLACK have announced a new run of US tour dates supporting drone/experimental songwriter Chelsea Wolfe (in Texas) and heavy metal occultists Ghost (for two weeks this May). The dates will see the band performing throughout the South and Midwest, and will kick off on May 8. A full itinerary can be found ...
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