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Stream: Prog-punk duo Pinkwash’s full-length debut Collective Sigh

on May 06, 2016, 4:10pm

It’s impossible to write about Pinkwash while listening to Pinkwash. (We just discovered this the hard way.) Hell, it’s hard to even think while listening to this Philadelphia prog-punk duo, so forcefully do they command every last shred of your attention. Comprised of longtime buds Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine, who collaborated previously in DC’s Mass Movement of the Moth and punk duo Ingrid, Pinkwash is the sound of two musicians lashing out with everything they’ve got, with no hope of achieving anything beyond their own righteous fury.

But the duo’s full-length debut, Collective Sigh, is more than just sound and fury. There’s also a pulsing orb of grief radiating outward from the band’s center, owing to Doubek’s experience of being the primary caregiver to a mother who died of breast cancer in 2009. Each of the 10 songs on Pinkwash’s debut is a vessel for that grief, and none evinces any semblance of acceptance. From the screeching noise that announces opening track “No Real Witness” to the thundering riffs that stretch across “Metastatic” to the creeping bass of “Sigh”, these guys make clear that they will not go gently into that good night. There are some things in life that simple can’t be helped or fought, but Pinkwash takes an alternate approach: Beat them down until they bleed.

“To me, Collective Sigh is a record about coping,” Doubek says. “Coping with loss, with pain, and with bodily existence. The Sigh is coping in short form. It’s the space in between grasping difficulty and moving forward. Pain is universal, so this is my reminder to not become numb to the world around me.”

Collective Sigh will be released on May 13th via Don Giovanni Records. Pre-order it here and stream the full album below.

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pinkwash collective sigh stream don giovanni Stream: Prog punk duo Pinkwash’s full length debut Collective Sigh

Pinkwash 2016 Tour Dates:
05/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lava Space
05/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
05/15 – Providence, RI @ Lang’s Bowlarama
05/16 – Boston, MA @ Zuzu
05/17 – Easthampton, MA @ Flywheel
05/18 – Ithaca, NY @ The Loft at The Chanticleer
05/19 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
05/20 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
05/21 – Michigan City, IN @ Carbonroom
05/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Foam
05/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ Comet
05/24 – Nashville, TN @ Pussy Palace
05/25 – Birmingham, AL @ Mudshack
05/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
05/29 – Athens, GA @ The Globe
05/30 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern
05/31 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
06/01 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
06/02 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
06/03 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

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