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Pink Nasty
Pink Nasty
(self-released)
www.pinknasty.net


Pink Nasty leans on the gritty rock end of the spectrum like The Strokes on her self-titled CD. Produced by Black Nasty, the songs are reminiscent of Asbury Park's halcyon days in the '70s when the raw rock fare of Warren Zevon, Southside Johnny, and The Pretenders entertained crowds. Forty years later, the music is nothing new but it's likeable with accents of dance punk and country Western in the rhythmic patterns. Pink Nasty's vocals have a clarion pitch that is gentle on the ears and softens the heavy vibrating tones of guitarist Austin Jenkins so the songs have a sweetness to them.

"Split The Diff" combines the grit of '70s rock with the groomed motifs of modern rock, while more punk inspired tracks like "Eating Nerds" and "Sandstorm Temper" are pumped up with thrusting beats. The coasting tempo of "Nag Nag Nag" cushions the introspective tone of the lyrics as Pink Nasty reflects, "What I wouldn't give to be on his mind", coloring the track in glistening guitar chords and intervals of howling effects. "The Pink Album" boasts a '50s heartland rock rumble, whereas "Towne East Square" has country Western trimmings that emphasize Jenkins' guitar flange. The mellow wisps of "Eye Would Pay U" are tenderly grooved with Pink Nasty's vocals and the harmony vocals of James Petrall, but the most modern rock sounding track on the album is "Sex Kinda Smells" with dance punk beats that tread the line of power pop.

Pink Nasty's album does not offer music that is new. In fact, it might feel like the music has been done many times before by other artists. Still, Pink Nasty shows reverence for gritty hard rock tunage that might take some fans back to Asbury Park circa the '70s.

-Susan Frances

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