by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Pinkish Black

Texas dark noise two-piece Pinkish Black are streaming their new album Bottom of the Morning, which is out October 30 on Relapse.

Despite being on Relapse, this really isn't metal in any traditional sense. What it shares with metal is an unrelenting aesthetic of eeriness and darkness, but there's more than a little goth and post-punk presence in this music too. And even if it's dark, some of it's quite catchy -- maybe even fun. Pinkish Black have often been compared to film-scorers like Goblin, John Carpenter, or even Tangerine Dream, and that is pretty much right on the money with Bottom of the Morning. ("Burn My Body" in particular is just really calling out to be put in a horror movie.) This is all to say that the darkness here seems very knowing, as filtered through a fun and eclectic series of influences. Listen below.

The same day it comes out, their former band The Great Tyrant (which featured the late Tommy Wayne) are giving a long-awaited release to their second album. You can stream that here and read the interview we did with them about it on Invisible Oranges here.

Pinkish Black are also heading out on tour with their likeminded Pittsburgh-based labelmates Zombi, which will hit NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on November 11. Tickets for that show are still available.

Zombi also put out a new album recently. It's called Shape Shift and it's also an eerie slice of synth music that wouldn't be out of place in a John Carpenter movie. But it's cleaner, more repetitive, more about atmospherics than the focus on songwriting that you hear on the Pinkish Black record.

Stream that, with the Pinkish Black record and full list of tour dates, below...


Pinkish Black -- 2015 Tour Dates
Nov 05 The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL*
Nov 06 The Loving Touch Ferndale, MI*
Nov 07 The Hard Luck Toronto, Canada*
Nov 08 Bar Le Ritz PDB Montreal, Canada*
Nov 09 Middle East - Upstairs Cambridge, MA*
Nov 10 Columbus Theatre Providence, RI*
Nov 11 St. Vitus Brooklyn, NY*
Nov 12 Boot & Saddle Philadelphia, PA*
Nov 13 Floristee Baltimore, MD*
Nov 14 Cattivo Pittsburgh, PA*
Nov 15 Stange Matter Richmond, VA*
Nov 16 Slim's Raleigh, NC
Nov 17 529 Atlanta, GA
Nov 18 Spring St. Firehouse Birmingham, AL
Nov 19 East Room Nashville, TN
Nov 20 Vino's Little Rock, AR
Dec 12 Texas Theatre Dallas, TX

* - w/ Zombi

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