Pinkshinyultrablast at Backseat Mafia

Lets introduce the band that is Pinkshinyultrablast,  Igor on bass, Lyubov with  vocals, Sergey on drums, Rustam providing synths and electronics and Roman on guitars. From Saint-Petersburg in Russia. This is their debut album entitled ‘everything else Matters’

If you were ducking in and out of Indie clubs in the 80′s and 90′s this will send shivers up your spine. Those nights of dancing under beams of the club lights, eyes closed spinning around or gazing down at your shoes while rhythmically swaying back and forth are encapsulated here. While their sound champions the likes of Lush and Ride it’s crossover into areas of electronic music bring a fresh and vibrant feel that’s up to date.

‘Wish we were’ is the first track on the album and sets it all in motion, whirling vocals echo on a bed of held synth notes to be then greeted with warm processed beats. An electronic bass line begins and you wonder what’s in store as the music gains momentum in its build. A guitar riff  cuts in and we’re off. Crashing drums, reverberating guitars and the hauntingly beautiful  floating vocals says one thing, welcome to Pinkshinyultrablast.

‘Holy forest’ follows and is the standout track for me, infectious guitar licks,  angelic vocals and soaring melodies give an emotional ride. Its a wind in your hair, driving down the freeway with not a care in the world Indie anthem.

Throughout the album the blend of transitions from heavy to light in the arrangements play well together and the vocals are used more as an instrument of emotion than the main focus which works to great effect. Pinkshinyultrablast say they wanted to bring some life back to the Indie scene, well I think they may have just done that,  and a little bit more. A debut well worth tracking down