I Walked A Mile To See Plastic Pinks, And It Was Worth Every Step [PHOTOS+REVIEW] REVIEW+PHOTOS: PLASTIC PINKS @ SXSW 3/18/17
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For every artist we decided to catch at SXSW, we decided to review each performance with our own version of “Five Ws and One H” answering the questions: 1) Who are they, 2) What kind of music do they play, 3) When did they play, 4) Where are they from, 5) Why did we decide to catch them play and 6), How was their performance.
WHO: Plastic Pinks are June Summer (Vocals), Augie Pink (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Rod Woolf (Lead Guitar/Back Vocals), Dane Giordano (Bass/Back Vocals) and Trevor Mustoe (Drums/Back Vocals).
WHAT: Rock & roll straight from the garage with a dab of psych rock.
WHEN: 3/18/17 at Hotel Vegas for Burger Records Burgermania VI.
WHERE: Miami, Florida.
WHY: I had no idea who Plastic Pinks were prior to SXSW. When I started doing band research, I found myself consistently logging in to Soundcloud to listen this band’s playlist.
Visceral and dirty, it was rock and roll that made me want to bump into a few people and start a pit. I noted each SXSW performance this band had lined up … this was the one I could fit into my schedule.
HOW: The last Florida based rock band to really really get me pumped up was a band named Big In Georgia (they’ll do spot gigs every so often, but for these purposes are basically on a permanent hiatus) that released some demos back in the mid-90s. Plastic Pinks are my new Big In Georgia.
After five days at SXSW, I was pretty much a shell of a man. My feet were killing me, I hadn’t gotten nearly enough sleep (and I hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol or smoked any doobie during my entire time in Austin) and after walking a mile in the sun with my forty pounds of camera gear strapped around my body, I was contemplating my every SXSW decision. 5 minute into Plastic Pinks set, I knew that I had made a good choice.
Look, if music icons like Iggy Pop are putting Plastic Pinks on their radio playlist, odds are you won’t be disappointed, and I wasn’t. Their performance brought their music to life, and watching them dig deep into their compositions made it that much more enjoyable. Their front-man, June Summer, made sure that those in the room got to be a part of the show …. literally. He jumped into audience to mix it up as his band ripped through instrumental breaks (see video below), and he even took it a step further by taking his performance to the venue’s bar top. The only thing missing was a stage dive from the bar.
This band’s got something, and it’s something good. They embody a kind of youthful rock ethos that seems lacking in a lot of newer stuff that’s been coming out, and I think that as long as they keep that energy up, they’ll be earning more and more fans along the way. I caught a second wind that carried me through the rest of the day with their gig, and that speaks volumes as to how bad ass I thought they were.
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— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) April 15, 2017
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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