When Winter Storm Gail hit the tri-state area in mid-December, people joked with me that the storm would surely bring with it some Pink Snow — because it shared my name, and everyone knows how much I love anything pink. Well, surprise (or not) — while exploring the neighborhood on the morning after the storm, I actually encountered Pink Snow!
The mysterious pink slush (which is what it had become by this point in the day) was found at the intersection of Avenue B and 9th Street, adjacent to a highly-trafficked bodega. I have no idea where the pink color came from, but I am glad I was lucky enough to document it before it melted and swirled down into the sewer and out to sea!
All things considered, I am easy to please. Musically, it does not take a lot of bells and whistles to blow my mind. Sometimes all a band needs to do to impress me with its video is to rock hard and throw in some flashing, colored lights, and I’m good. So, I like this band, Youth Worship, and its video for the song “Pink Snow” — which, I admit, the title is what initially piqued my interest. Youth Worship, it is said, was born out of guitarist James Hanna’s desire to play a bunch of power chords through a Marshall stack. Mission accomplished.
To provide a little back story, James started a band called Asobi Seksu back in 2001. He was able to convince Asobi drummer Larry Gorman (Glassjaw, Orange 9mm) to join him in forming Youth Worship, and with the addition of second guitarist Will Donnelly, the NYC-based power trio played their first show in the winter of 2014.
To make an easy comparison, “Pink Snow” reminds me favorably of Deep Purple’s classic ’70s track “Space Truckin,” a song from my youth. I am not sure if it has anything to do with actual pink snow, or if that is some kind of euphemism for drugs, but when a song kicks this much ass, who gives a shit? “Pink Snow” can be found on the group’s recently released, self-titled debut EP (out now on Self Harm Records), but the band just finished recording their first LP (produced and engineered by James) — which features special guest appearances by members of the Japanese noise-rock band Boris, so you know it is going to be pretty crazy. Enjoy!
Some lady named Stevie Famulari who lives in Fargo, ND sprayed the snow banks in her front yard with pink paint. How rad! You can read all about it at this link, but it appears you have to register for the site first.