Pinkshinyultrablast is a shoegaze/dream pop band from St. Petersburg, Russia. I stumbled upon their debut EP today when I was looking around for some new and different shoegaze stuff, and I know nothing about this band.
It’s a common and stupid misconception about Russians that they all listen to bad techno and weird black metal. It may or may not be true that the majority of Russians listen to stuff like that, but it’s always refreshing to find something that runs contrary to the stereotype.
They list some influences that come as no surprise: My Bloody Valentine, Ride, lovesliescrushing, Astrobrite. I’m surprised that they don’t list Smashing Pumpkins as an influence. While the songs on Happy Songs for Happy Zombies certainly have a shoegaze-y feel, and a bit of an ether-infused dream pop feel, they also have a bit of a grungy side. Something akin to the very early days of the Pumpkins. The beginning of today’s song, for example, sounds like the members of Pinkshinyultrablast spent a lot of time listening to Gish.
This is that song.
I love the miles and miles of delay, especially on the vocals. And heavy flanging! There’s something you don’t hear very much any more. Sometimes it sounds like an attempt to evoke mid-1990s nostalgia for the likes of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Swervedriver. Sometimes it makes a song sound awful, and sometimes the use of that flange effect enhances the song. In this case, I kind of like it. Kind of.
There’s a little break at almost exactly the halfway point of the song. The right channel cuts out completely while there’s just a change of pace in the left channel. I’m big fan of throwing the change-up in the middle of the song, but I just can’t figure why they cut out the right channel.
You can stream and buy your own digital copy of Happy Songs for Happy Zombies from the bandcamp page. Today’s song is available there as a free download.