Live review by Anna GM (of The Pettibones)
If there’s one thing I love, its gritty rock and roll, and I love it even more when it’s played by three badass girls in pastel colours.
It’s been a while since I’ve ventured down the basement stairs of my favourite Manchester venue Soup kitchen, andI was especially eager to see LA three-piece girl band Pinky Pinky for the first time. The memories I have of Soup Kitchen are of an undeniably sweaty smell, but tonight smells surprisingly pleasant. I was a bit shocked at the sparse crowd gathered in the exposed brick wall basement, as I knew Pinky Pinky had been stirring quite a buzz on the LA rock scene – perhaps as headliner band The Nude Party had a surprisingly older demographic to what I was used to seeing in soup kitchen, and maybe to not have heard what a riot these girls have been making.
Drummer and singer Anastasia Sanchez, bassist Eva Chambers, and guitarist Isabelle Fields tread on stage rather reservedly, all three of them dressed in pastel colours and understated clothes. Anyone in the street would assume these three girls were your ordinary Manchester student, but they’d be wrong.
Sanchez introduces the band, and without haste counts in the first song. As a drummer who sometimes forgets how to breathe when I play, I am immediately taken aback by her ability to make drumming and singing so effortless and flawless at the same time.
These girls clearly don’t care about labels, and their music certainly doesn’t need a genre to pigeonhole them in to, as to me every song they play has a different vibe, and I love it.
It’s easy to tell these three are from LA, with their chilled vibe and almost shoegaze-esque stage presence from Chambers and Fields. I’m not sure whether Fields is about to cry or is just really into the music, either way I couldn’t care less as I am much more distracted by her killer guitar riffs that blend so perfectly with Chambers’ twirling bass, again making it look so easy.
I can feel as more and more people come downstairs that the crowd are getting ever more intrigued by Pinky Pinky, listening eagerly now. As Sanchez goes to count in the next song, she can’t quite place the tempo, but is quickly backed up by Fields, proving how together and aware the band are as a whole, despite being so young and importantly how close they are as friends.
As they begin ‘Ram Jam’- a more ballsy number, the now larger crowd start moving, bobbing and filming the song and I can feel people starting to really appreciate what these three are all about.
With a simple “goodbye, we’re Pinky Pinky,” they’re off the stage before I know it, a set much too short for a band with such diverse music. My first time seeing these three badass girls will certainly not be my last, and am excited for them to experience Manchester’s dot to dot festival this weekend where I know the crowd will be much more suited for these LA rockers. At such a young age, it is clear they have a lot ahead of them and I am eager to hear what they’ve got next.
Pinky Pinky’s UK tour continues:
24th May – Dot to Dot Festival, MANCHESTER
25th May – Dot to Dot Festival, BRISTOL
26th May – Dot to Dot Festival, NOTTINGHAM