Shocking Pinks return with a new song, prepare new EP and LP
Nick Harte, the heart and soul of Shocking Pinks, a project from New Zealand, announced about plans to release new music. The last we heard from Shocking Pinks, was in 2007, when self-titled album was released.
First thing you should do now, is to listen to new Shocking Pinks track on Under The Radar website. Entitled Double Vision Version, the song is taken from project’s upcoming EP Guilt Mirrors. In the interview with UTR, Nick Harte revealed that the EP will consist of 5 songs, with Not Gambling, Take Me Home, Glass Slippers and one other song being featured on it besides 8-minute Double Vision Version.
Writing new music has been very stressful for Nick. He lived and recorded in his hometown Christchurch in New Zealand which suffered a lot from strong earthquakes from 2010 to 2012. But Nick just blacked out windows, went to buy some food at 4-5am, and wrote 386 tracks! This is what he told UTR about his extreme experience:
“I was in Christchurch when the earthquake hit and I lived very unhealthily after that. I decided to stay in the place I was living in which was unfortunately in the centre of the city – I ended up getting evacuated and the place I was in doesn’t exist anymore, but it was a nice place to record. Anyway, I was recording my new album – the one that will come out after Guilt Mirrors – and I was there recording throughout all of the earthquakes – the 7., the 6., and the 5., – so quite a few have earthquake noises in the background. I blacked out all the windows and stay up for like five days at a time and didn’t sleep, which is very stupid and very unhealthy, but I was just so focused on recording as much as I could: it was my escapism from what was happening around me. I ended up with 386 tracks and I’ve wound it down to…well…I’ve got eight CDs with me at the moment and for the album I’m going to have to ween it down again to a reasonable length. Even the idea of a standard 45 minute album so it can be released on vinyl scares me because I would like to release sort of 75 minutes of music at least. Some songs are 20 minutes long.”
He continues: “I had no idea whether it was day or night – well of course I did, I’d go to the shops and get food, but I’d usually go at 4 in the morning. I remember once I went down at about that time and a 5. earthquake happened and I was walking in the middle of the road and a crack formed in front of me. But by that point I was so used to it I thought “ah, what the fuck” and went onto the footpath and kept walking to the shop, and the shop was completely damaged, but I got a pie or whatever else and went home again.”
Interesting fact, music Nick is writing is more influenced from films and books than other music.
Nick will team up with DFA Records again to release his upcoming records.
There are no exact dates for single, EP, LP releases, but EP will come out in the next couple of months, then Shocking Pinks will re-release debut album Dance the Dance Electric and then finish new album.