After well received sets at Coachella and a sold out Bowery Ballroom show in NYC, The Big Pink played a very intimate gig at Nur Khan’s ‘Electric Room’ on Tuesday night. The packed and ultrahip crowd of models and scenesters danced happily to the electropop/shoegaze songs created by the talented Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell.
I actually met the band the night before at the After Party for their Bowery Ballroom show, which I photographed for the Grandlife website. They were both very sweet and asked me to come along and photograph their performance at a private club gig.
This show was part of the legendary Nur Khan Electric Sessions presented by DeLeon Teqila, which famously closed out this years NYC Fashion Week with a gig by Guns’n’Roses at the Hiro Ballroom. The Electric Room opened last September underneath the Dream Hotel and only holds one hundred people. It has proved to be a hit with the cool scene of NYC. Which always a good thing.
Starting with ‘Stay Gold’, which was the lead single from their recently released second album ‘Future This’, The Big Pink (which is normally a duo but expands to a four piece for their live shows) moved smartly through to ‘Velvet’ and ‘Jump Music’ before bringing out current single ‘Hit The Ground (Superman)’.
The opening of ‘Give It Up’ samples the horn section from the awesome ‘I’m Going To Tear Your Playhouse Down’ by the ‘70’s soul superstar Ann Peebles, which was her answer to ‘Love’s Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down’ by Chuck Brooks. The vocal line reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what. It could be Gorillaz. It could be something else. Nonetheless, it sounds v cool. And any band that digs deep enough to sample Ann Peebles is showing some kind of cool influences on their sleeve. And talking of sleeves reminds me, they covered ‘These Arms Of Mine’ by the mighty Otis Redding on the 12” re-release of their second single, Velvet. This band has roots. Deep ones.
‘Rubbernecking’ was followed by their biggest single to date, ‘Dominos’, which had the audience singing along to the extremely catchy chorus. They closed out the show with the very Duran Duranesque ‘Lose Your Mind’ (even though it samples Siouxsie & The Banshees ‘Happy House’).
This band takes influences from soul, post punk and contemporary electronica, mixes them all up and makes a sound very much their own. Go check them out. They are worth it.