APRIL 2, 2021
WRITTEN BY LOU WATSON AND LEXI ABARCA
PINKSHIFT TAKES THE WORLD BY STORM WITH THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW SINGLE "MARS" AND DEBUT EP 'SACCHARINE'
Get ready for lift off as Punkaganda favorite and critically acclaimed “shit-stirrers” Pinkshift blow us away with their newest single “Mars” as the finishing track to their debut EP “Saccharine.”
Pinkshift is a fem-fronted rock band sweeping the Baltimore music scene with flying colors. With writing inspired by 90s grunge and 2000s pop-punk, the band walks the lines between riot grrl, punk rock, and post-hardcore. Melting together different musical and cultural roots by a common love for angsty rock, the band embraces their diverse backgrounds to create an authentic and dynamic sound. The band has easily become one of our favorites since the start of Punkaganda, and with the release of “Mars,” we can tell they're about to explode through everyone else’s speakers.
Dropping their first single “On Thin Ice” near the beginning of the pandemic, and taking the world by storm with their following singles “i’m gonna tell my therapist on you”, “Rainwalk”, and “Toro”, It’s only fitting to close out their EP with Mars. This track is a great reminder that through all of the chaos and uncertainty of 2020, there’s a rainbow after every storm. You can see the transformation from one end of the ‘dreary to hopeful’ scale to the other, with lyrics such as “You light a cigarette or two, to watch my lungs turn black and blue” to “I think the stars are closer from up here”
“The lyrics of the song are about the beginnings of something shiny and new. Ironically this was the song that really pulled us together to start this band - it’s full of optimism and hope for a brighter future. It feels fitting to put a spin on our original demo this year for the same message with a touch of angst”
- ASHRITA KUMAR, PINKSHIFT
Mars begins with a faint instrumental prelude, and quickly builds up to the rapid punk rock chords and rhythms we’re familiar with from this group of delinquents but bigger and bolder than ever before. This track is reminiscent of sounds from The Used and also earlier Paramore, specifically their album “Riot!.” But, From the clashing of the drums, the sick shreds of the guitar, and the grunge heroism emit from the vocals, Pinkshift always manages to develop fine-tuned and fresh unique sounds within every single.
From a fan perspective, being able to watch Pinkshift flourish into something incredibly beautiful has been an amazing experience that we will cherish forever. Pinkshift truly has something special, and we just know that they are going to go far. Known for their ambitious vocal styling and wicked instrumental patterns, Pinkshift has taken the DIY scene by storm, and are continuing to cause an uproar. Just with the little amount of time in between the release of “Rainwalk” to “Mars,” Pinkshift has shown their rapid development of modulation. It’s not everyday you see a band as dynamic and powerful as them, and the remastered version of “Mars” just shows how dynamic the band can be. As shows make a much needed return, we hope to absolutely lose our shit in the pit to “Mars” and of course the rest of Pinkshift’s discography. See you there!
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