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, it is still nothing to rant and rave about, even if it does show the band's potential.

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


5615 Comments


"More shoeglance than shoegaze"

automatic pos

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2014


8019 Comments


Happy Songs For Happy Ghosts

sniper
February 11th 2014


19080 Comments


lol shoeglance

omnipanzer
February 11th 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

Rhyme
February 11th 2014


1139 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

Digging: Whirr/Nothing - Split

ShadowRemains
February 11th 2014


21289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome ep

eternium
February 11th 2014


16338 Comments


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

Rhyme
February 11th 2014


1139 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


15197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

Digging: Insides - Euphoria

Rhyme
June 17th 2014


1139 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


15197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, awesome

ShadowRemains
June 17th 2014


21289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah this band rules

Killerhit
June 17th 2014


5254 Comments


good shit



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