The Big Pink played Bowery Ballroom, 12/3
The Big Pink took the stage at Bowery Ballroom as a 4-piece (guitar, synth/sampler, bass and drums) and proceeded to wail through a set a noisy-electro-rock. They worked through most of their debut album, A Brief History of Love, and threw in a well-placed, folky cover of Otis Redding’s ‘These Arms of Mine.’
Not only was the music impressive but the show was visually successful as well. The lights, designed by the band themselves, were heavy on backlit strobes, but also featured moving lights and were done simply, yet cleverly enough to keep the look dynamic all night. While the bassist was violently headbanging thru much of the set, the bad-ass female drummer, Akiko Matsuura, dominated all night and added soaring back-up vocals. To close the set, she held the bass guitar up to her mics for feedback and then trashed her drums and cymbals. OK, no encore, but worth it.