Happy To Be Here – 4.28.12
Pink Lightning â€“ Happy To Be Here â€“ Supino Pizzeria RecordsÂ
Proper title for a proper debut â€“ dig inďż˝
The opening song shoulders you right into it, abruptly, bracing, you feel like youâ€™ve fallen into the middle of something already in progress as the vocals, a mad quaver to their squawk, poke you in the chest, like listen here, Mister, almost testing you to see if youâ€™ll swing back…
This music stirs the pot, it spills beans and it loosens ties; it dances with all its limbs and is ever-leaning at 45 degree angles. This is weird, charming, honking, strutting dance-rock and Â it cuts up your rug and it always wants to dip you; its feet are having a fit and by the end of it you find youâ€™re dancing on the ceiling. Wheezy buzzsaw blurs and keyed-up yowls, tumbling grooves and snaky shimmies, Pink Lightningâ€™s debut is a work out, either swelling to fitful crescendos, whirling downward into a still-yet-edgy coolness, churning out this psyche-fuzzed jazz vibe, the drums are knocking you around, let yourself tumble into the pinball machine.
Thereâ€™s no way a recording can capture the caution-to-the-wind energy, the sweaty rile that this band can pack â€“ Mere recordings of bands that can be barrels-of-fireball-juggling-monkeys in live form can inevitably come off as â€“straight forwardâ€“sounding by comparison. They bottle enough of that lightning, though. This local quintets charm with their tightly locked, shimmy-able grooves and keen management of unwieldy tempo shifts.
That buoyant bass, grinning at you, keeps your feet lifting from the fire of those gnarly, pedal-wrung guitars and the accordion enriches everything into an invigorating disorientation â€“ what began as post-punk swelled into tribal disco and kartwheeled into some unholy marriage of funk and space-rock. But the brass and the banjo splashed in too, under agit/anthemic vocals, fuzzed through circuit-bent vocal fx, this poetic carnival barker leading the charge. Whereâ€™s it going? All the way up the wall, to the ceilingâ€¦and back down again. Here, happy to be here.
Happy To Be Here – Release show – 4.28.12 – @ Old Miami – with Mexican Knives / Beekeepers / Robin Parrent / “…several surprise(s)”