It’s a great time to be a Pinkish Blu fan, with the indie outfit from Adelaide not only announcing brand new music in single Backward, but a slew of live shows kicking off this March.
Pinkish Blu have been keeping busy with music even during COVID, releasing their debut EP ‘there’s no such thing as good people’ in May, further courting praise for singles Red Hot Moon and Calm Down. The release of this material served as the perfect foundation to bring them to a brand new year of creative opportunities. Along with a much-anticipated headline show in Adelaide in March, Pinkish Blu are hitting the road with Odette, playing venues in Queensland this May.
With their new track, the band dug deeper than before when it came to pulling off authentic, emotion-driving songwriting; resulting in their strongest release yet.
Backward is a track that has been part of the Pinkish Blu catalogue – in demo form, anyway – for some time, with the band revisiting the track last year. Its final form here brings feelings of nostalgia and a bittersweet melancholy together, wrapped up and presented with Pinkish Blu’s now-trademark alt-pop bent.
Though the single has changed a lot from its original form, the band stands strongly behind Backward noting it’s the most emotional and honest they’ve opened themselves up to being on record to date.
“During COVID we felt nostalgic and were looking back on our old demos and found ‘Backward’, actually, four different versions of ‘Backward’. From what it was back then to what it is now is vastly different, but the core idea of the song has remained prevalent throughout. …Sonically we’ve evolved to a sound we’re really comfortable with, which has given us the opportunity to be more open and wear our hearts on our sleeve.” Pinkish Blu, Brice Young
For its music video, Pinkish Blu brought Backward to the movies, filming performance footage at the Gawler Cinemas. Thinking about the idea of the process of reflection like scenes playing out during a film, the band pulled this central idea together with influences like Twin Peaks and Donnie Darko to produce the final cut.
“Reflecting on something you may have just gone through or went through a long time ago…when you reflect on things that hold strong emotional value, these moments can play out in your head like scenes from a movie. We hit up our local small town cinema and managed to convince them to let us film a music video there for a whole day.” Pinkish Blu, Ricky Lidell
Having supported the likes of The Rubens, Trophy Eyes and more, as well as performing on lucrative stages including BIGSOUND and Groovin The Moo in the last few years alone, Pinkish Blu have steadily become one of South Australia’s most promising acts.
“It’s a glistening indie tune that really focuses on the songwriting craft behind Pinkish Blu, doubling down on the pop-like mannerisms from their past work to the point where it really takes centre stage on Backward, amongst flourishing guitars and dancing percussion.”
“Carrying so much emotion and vulnerability within such a musically diverse tracklist, every song is instantly catchy.”
“Take ‘80s synth pop grooves, add sharp alt-rock guitar lines, airy vocals and bittersweet romanticised lyrics, swirl it around a sad banger funnel and you get Adelaide four-piece Pinkish Blu.”
“…another hot one from these Adelaide bros who always deliver the goods.”
Triple J, Nick Findlay (‘Red Hot Moon’, 2020)
“Such a divine track. It’s got that power to slow things down and stop everything just for a moment.”
Triple J, Claire Mooney (‘Red Hot Moon’, 2020)
PINKISH BLU TOUR DATES
Saturday March 6th Lion Arts Factory Adelaide
with Elsy Wameyo, Divebar Youth
Friday May 14th Lion Arts Factory Adelaide
Friday May 21st The Triffid Brisbane
Saturday May 22nd The Northern Byron Bay
Sunday May 23rd HOTA Gold Coast
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