Tras la publicación de Youth is Wasted y Peripheral vision, ambos del 2010, Neil Brogan, el batería de Girl Names toma en Sea Pinks el micro y las guitarras y editó este pasado 2011 este Dead Sea.
Sea Pinks son una banda que, personalmente, opino que recuerda bastante a su banda “matriz”, Girl Names: Frescura surfera, Jangle-Pop, trazas de Garaje, algo de Folk-Pop y desde luego economía de registros y de medios. Demasiado lineales sus temas, demasiadas semejanzas sonoras en todos los cortes, entre los que emocionalmente me quedo con Fountain Thesserae, Heir apparent, Spiral jetty… Demasiada economía de instrumentos, en cualquier caso, pueden dar lugar a un cierto empacho sonoro, como ocurre con este álbum, en el que me da la sensación de con un par de temas haberlos escuchado todos. Cierto abuso de guitarras chillantes y demasiados tonos agudos para mi gusto.
“Sea Pinks are a three piece from Belfast, UK formed in 2010. Singer and guitarist Neil Brogan began to write and record songs as a side project from his other band Girls Names (in which he is the drummer) and put out a cassette album Youth is Wasted, (featuring the single “Japanese Knotweed”) in September 2010 on his own label, CF/Records (releases by High Places, Mt. Eerie, Lucky Dragons, Cloud Nothings). When he started playing live, Brogan recruited the other two members of Girls Names, Claire Miskimmin (drums) and Cathal Cully (Bass), and the three piece have since played a number of shows in Belfast, Dublin and London supporting the likes of Nodzzz, The Mantles (who voted Sea Pinks their favourite support band on their recent european tour), Let’s Wrestle, and WarPaint.
Having garnered great reviews for Youth is Wasted (eg: “A masterclass in melancholic lo-fi pop” – Vice) the band went on to record their first studio EP as a three piece Peripheral Vision, released in January 2011 on 12” vinyl also on CF/ Records. Like the tape, the EP quickly sold out in a matter of weeks. Now, the band return with their second full length album Dead Seas which includes 10 brand new songs as well as Peripheral Vision for those who missed it the first time.
The first song to be taken from the new album is “Fountain Tesserae”, also the opening track of the album and a good indication of the development in sound from the tape-hiss surf pop of “Youth is Wasted” to the murkier waters of “Dead Seas”. While still being rooted aesthetically in 60s garage and 80s indiepop the new songs, as the album title suggests, explore ideas around decay and renewal (both emotional and physical) as embodied by the imagery of the sea and water in general. “Fountain Tesserae”, a “not entirely serious but not entirely unserious” song about a girl who (quite possibly on acid) jumps into a fountain while mistaking a mosaic tile pattern for diamonds, and cracks her head open, is the jumping off point” (highwiredaze.com)