Pink and Brown – Demo Tape

Pink and Brown
Demo Tape

Lumen and Pink and Brown are almost day and night. Both share at least one common member but take different approaches to intense rock. Although, a case could be made for some similarities. Mainly, the crafty guitarwork, clearly the best feature for both bands. The rhythms, mixed loudly on these demo tapes, are also very strong with at times amazing drumming. But the styles, now that’s where the differences come in.
First, Lumen. This three-song demo tape is amazing stuff. It’s all instrumental, long, drawn-out, powerful yet not driving or fast songs. The structure is excellent, and the guitars, as I mentioned are fantastic. The guitars are mostly acoustic and at times sound heavily influenced by classical training. Think Tristeza with a less of the studio polish and a bit more dedication to rocking without sounding orchestrated. The first track, “Toils of the Circadia” is a long track that flows without being overly repetitive. It changes structures throughout, with the drum work providing an almost math-rock rhythm. And this song features at least three false endings, diminishing perfectly and then exploding again. This is by far the best track, and it’s also a beautifully complex instrumental rock song. “Puzzles” is a slower song, a little less mathy on the rhythm, but the bass and guitar mix and complement each other nicely on this more introspective song. It also has some neat, moody string effects. “4 Guitars” is apparently just what it says: four guitars, playing seperately but together, beautiful and complex. This demonstrates the sheer talent of the guitar players in this band, and I can’t wait to hear more from Lumen.
Pink and Brown, however, are the other side of the gambit. This is, I guess you could say, noise rock. Loud, chaotic, intense. The vocals sound as if they’re being shouted through a toy megaphone through a filtered mic, no chance at understanding them but providing a backdrop to these riotous songs. I suppose that makes the vocals another instrument in themselves. Apparently, Pink and Brown is just two people, which is all the more impressive seeing the sheer amount of sound this band puts out. They share the drummer, Jeffrey Rosenberg, with Lumen, and it’s easy to see the complex rhythms, here a little more pronounced and loud and pounding. These songs are made even more chaotic by mixing the drums far to the front, almost blasting into your head. The squealing/screaming vocals on “Twoclickscommunicator” sound like the band is torturing a cat. The guitars, fast and frantic, are paramount on “I’m Tired, He’s Dead.” Well drums are forefront on “Meter Reader,” guitars take the front on “Te Suis Nasty.” Fans of screaming hardcore and noise-core would love this band. I think it shows a lot of promise, but the style of Lumen clicks more with me.