PINKSHINYULTRABLAST
Happy Songs For Happy Zombies


3.5
great


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Happy, but not ecstatic.

There isn't too much to know about PINKSHINYULTRABLAST; the band is named after an album released by shoegaze "supergroup" Astrobite, and released their début effort in 2009. They are Russian and they offer everything one would expect from gaze. This release is the same old song that has been sung dozens of times; boy/girl meets shoe-gaze, shoe-gaze carries them away on some clouds, they are sufficiently hazed out. That's not an attempt to pull any punches at Happy Songs, it's the way the genre should (largely) operate. This it succeeds at. The opening track Blaster showcases a summery barrier of guitar commotion that sits between the prominently mixed drum work, and some very creamy female vocals. This is the highlight track of the endeavour, its upbeat tempo and cheerful abrasion is much preferable to the other tracks, well, upbeat tempos and cheerful abrasion. The other songs flit by agreeably, but lack the above and beyond “oomph” of the opener. The vocalist is undeniable, yet the tracks don't quite manage to reach the threshold of fantastical, with the first blasts of Ode To Godzilla and Deerland sounding strikingly similar. The former being the longest track, utilizing the most of guitar noise and diversity with a solo, some other tassels and flair just before the EP's curtain drops. Unfortunately, the record leaves the listener feeling like it could have been more, even right after it took them to cloud city.

More shoeglance than shoegaze, this EP clocks in at a mere 14 minutes. It's a pretty easy thing to say that you can take that time out of your day and check this album out. It may sit a few steps away from being essential, residing in a genre over-ridden with quality albums, but it is a worthwhile journey nonetheless. Oh, and by that I mean the opener is essential, and the other ten minutes are alright too.



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Azn.
February 11th 2014


5618 Comments


"More shoeglance than shoegaze"

automatic pos

Curse.
February 11th 2014


8037 Comments


Happy Songs For Happy Ghosts

sniper
February 11th 2014


19077 Comments


lol shoeglance

omnipanzer
February 11th 2014


21709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is definitely the best review of this album on this site.

Rhyme
February 11th 2014


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"DIS REVIEW DEDICATED TO SPUTNIK USER RHYME {+="



yay thx spooky ur the best =]



only thing tho:



"This is succeeds at."



i don't think this is a full sentence as you may have forgotten a few words. otherwise, it's a great review pos'd

ShadowRemains
February 11th 2014


22114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome ep

eternium
February 11th 2014


16352 Comments


It's really good for what it is. Wish they would do more.

Rhyme
February 11th 2014


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet



by the way i found a free download of this on some other bandcamp for anyone interested in dl'ing



http://oddboxrecords.bandcamp.com/album/happy-songs-for-happy-zombies

Keyblade
February 27th 2014


16030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't realize this had a review holy shit. Awesome EP

Rhyme
June 17th 2014


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dunno if you guys heard but these guys released a new song a couple of weeks ago



https://soundcloud.com/pinkshinyultrablast/umi

Keyblade
June 17th 2014


16030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, awesome

ShadowRemains
June 17th 2014


22114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah this band rules

Killerhit
June 17th 2014


5509 Comments


good shit

ShadowRemains
November 22nd 2014


22114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

debut full length coming in jan 2015 i believe



http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/24/pinkshinyultrablast-new-band-of-the-week-no-28

Rhyme
January 18th 2015


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just listened to the new album and it's so so so much better than this



honestly has some of the best production on a shoegaze album that i've ever heard

TalonsOfFire
January 18th 2015


12220 Comments


wtf is this

Ryus
January 18th 2015


7792 Comments


good music

Digging: Joe Henderson - Inner Urge

sixdegrees
January 18th 2015


18478 Comments


holy shit I had no idea that there was a new album out


Digging: Goropsy - Mac and Cheese

Rhyme
January 18th 2015


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seriously it's one of the best things ever, well worth the six years of waiting for something new



everything i expected except ten times better

Ryus
January 18th 2015


7792 Comments


where can i listen?



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