Pink and Brown
Shame Fantasy II


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
December 15th, 2007 | 6 replies | 3,754 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Clattery two man noise rock at its most primal.

Pink plays guitar and sings through a telephone mouthpiece. Brown plays drums like a beast. Put them together and you have Pink and Brown, perhaps the most spastic costumed noise rock group this side of Lightning Bolt. Pink (John Dwyer from Coachwhips, The Ohsees and The Hospitals) and Brown (Jeff Rosenberg from The Jews and Lavender Diamond) are sometimes frenetic and chaotic, sometimes sludgy and catchy in their stylings, but never do they stray from their goal of being as nasty and abrasive as possible.

Shame Fantasy II compiles the group's entire catalogue of recorded material (in reverse chronological order) onto one 45-minute cd, which includes one full length (Final Foods, a split with Death Drug and five previously unreleased recordings. Just one of Shame Fantasy II's 22 tracks makes it to the 3-minute mark and the majority of them are under the 2-minute mark. Newer tracks such as "Black Pearl" and "Sheriff Jessum" show a Melt Banana-esque catchy side to the band and older tracks such as "The Tunnel" and "Enter Officer, Exit Wound" show brief moments of calm interspersed with sections of complete cacophony, but the formula for each track is essentially the same. Whether Pink and Brown are playing fast, technical pieces (such as "Union Bomb") akin to The Locust or more catchy, groove-oriented tunes such as "Messy Bessy, Get Undressy" (a little more akin to Dwyer's own Coachwhips), the goal always seems to be to squeeze the most noise possible out of the band's instruments, all while having a huge amount of fun.

Though Shame Fantasy II may not be as wacky as the recordings of contemporaries such as Lightning Bolt, nor as cohesive, it nonetheless provides a powerful slab of noise rock at its most primal. The newest tracks seem to show the band at the top of their game and if anything, Shame Fantasy II is an entirely enjoyable compilation from a strikingly consistent group who were far too short-lived.

Recommended Tracks
Sheriff Jessum
Enter Officer, Exit Wound
The Tunnel



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Mahavidya
December 16th 2007



99 Comments


Great band.

Zebra
Moderator
December 16th 2007



2647 Comments


I've never heard of these guys but I liked almost every band that you mentioned in the review. I'll definitely look into this.

Mahavidya
December 16th 2007



99 Comments


There's a whole live show of theirs on YouTube, I think.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 16th 2007



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I basically picked this up as an impulse buy after Zappa mentioned Coachwhips in the forums and I searched for them on ebay and found this. It's really just a lot of fun.

Neoteric
December 16th 2007



3243 Comments


Will listen to this soon.

any14doomsday
December 18th 2007



679 Comments


This sounds really cool, Im def gonna check it out



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