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Album Review

Pinkwash – Collective Sigh

Pinkwash - Collective Sigh

A full throttle statement of fuzz fuelled punk.

Label: Don Giovanni Records
Released: 13th May 2016

Rating: ★★★

Pinkwash are named after a term coined to describe companies that capitalise on the suffering of those with breast cancer – a fusion of “pink” and “whitewash”. It’s an issue close to the band, stemming from vocalist/guitarist Joey Doubek’s experience with being the primary caregiver to his mother, who passed away from the disease. As a result, his band’s expressive mathy prog punk is frustrating and disjointed, paralleling its political and personal statement. Doubek’s afflicted vocals wail and drown in the booming music, that is simple but so enclosing.

From spacey, whirring opening track ‘No Real Witness’, to the Placebo-like alternative grunge vibes of ‘Space Dust’, Pinkwash’s debut is a full throttle statement of fuzz-fuelled punk that’ll distort your ears and mind. Though at times repetitive, there’s no denying that ‘Collective Sigh’ was recorded upon a dark emotion that even the most experienced musicians can struggle to tap into. Pinkwash have created a refreshing and cathartic declaration of political punk. Jasleen Dhindsa