Chicago quartet Pink Avalanche share the first track from their forthcoming album today via Brooklyn Vegan. The powerful melodic crunch of "In Empty Spaces" is available to hear/share HERE. (Soundcloud HERE.)
Pink Avalanche take to the road in November supporting not one, but TWO bands featuring former members of 90s indie rock darlings Unwound: Survival Knife and Hungry Ghost. See complete dates below.
The title of Pink Avalanche’s sophomore album The Luminous Heart of Nowhere might evoke a sense of an ethereal void, but its music is firmly rooted in midwestern underground rock. The band’s driving, bold melodic sound hearkens to that of myriad midwestern noisemakers like Rodan, Arcwelder and Naked Raygun. That’s not to suggest Pink Avalanche has any sort of retro vibe, but rather that their music clearly captures the essence of their surroundings.
Oddly enough, guitarist/vocalist Che Arthur (ex-Atombombpocketknife) is rarely home. Working as a highly sought-after live sound engineer for Bob Mould, Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, Silversun Pickups and more, he spends much of his time on the road. But, as Pink Avalanche reunites Arthur with drummer Adam Reach (The Poison Arrows) - the two of whom had previously played together in the Chicago/Alabama trio Universal Life and Accident, as well as on Arthur’s solo albums - it’s clearly somewhat of a musical homecoming.
The band began as an in-studio writing project between the pair, tracking basic versions of song as they wrote them. An album quickly began to take shape, and Arthur and Reach began to realize it was time to become a full band. Enter guitarist Kortland Chase (ex-Chatty Cathy) and bassist Pete Croke (Tight Phantomz, Brokeback), their friends and equally seasoned musicians in the Chicago scene.
From that point, Pink Avalanche took its name from a rare variety of lily flowers and released their debut album Wraiths in late May 2013. Many local and regional stints later, the band entered the studio with Arthur engineering in early 2014 to record The Luminous Heart of Nowhere, an album sure to establish Pink Avalanche as heirs to a revitalized era of heartland post-punk.
The Luminous Heart of Nowhere will be available everywhere on LP and download on November 18th, 2014 via Past/Futures Records.
PINK AVALANCHE LIVE:
11/14 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/15 Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder's Brewery *
11/16 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness *
11/17 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
11/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot and Saddle *
11/19 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
11/20 Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
11/21 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met *
11/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar * w/ Obits
* w/ Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost
Artist: Pink Avalanche
Album: The Luminous Heart of Nowhere
Label: Past/Futures Records
Release Date: November 18th, 2014
01) Chalk and Crimson
03) You Lost Me
05) Silver Tongue
06) Trapped In Amber
08) In Empty Spaces (STREAM)
10) Orbiter Amaranth
11) Breathe Deep
12) Carbon Blank
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