On October 21 Baltimore’s Pinkshift will release their debut album Love Me Forever.
Today they share a new taste of the album via the latest single “in a breath.” The band is known for crafting music that is equal parts pop-punk and 90’s era grunge, and the song – a tender ballad featuring Pinkshift’s Ashrita Kumar at the piano and on vocals – shows another side to them, exposing the powerful vulnerability that drives the band’s creativity behind their usual breakneck melodies. Written by Kumar in 2018 they say:
‘in a breath’ is from my heart. It’s a song I’ve held on to for years. it’s a dive into my core, my greatest hopes, desires, loneliness, traumas, and fears. It’s a song about feeling dissociated from my body and fighting to stay alive despite it. it explores the existence of an impossible reality, contemplates the existence of a god, and contemplates our capacity to love and be loved. It’s about guilt, shame, redemption, and acceptance.
The video for “in a breath” was directed by Sunny Singh (aka hate5six). Fresh off documenting the Rage Against the Machine Reunion, Singh’s first proper-music video is a change of pace from their popular YouTube channel which has gained acclaim documenting the hardcore-scene live. They say:
Capturing the authenticity of a live performance is what I’ve always been drawn to. It’s the space I’m most interested in exploring and refining. It’s also the reason why I’ve turned down every offer to do a choreographed and scripted music video. With ‘in a breath,’ I set out to create something that would allow me to render their live performance into something cinematically organic.
Ashrita’s talent as a vocalist and pianist radiates outward in this song, so I wanted to produce a visually minimalist piece that kept them at the center and instead drew its dynamics from manipulated camera motion. What emerged is an uncut, orbiting shot around them and the piano, the parallax creating a gravitational force between the viewer and Ashrita’s burning sincerity for 287 seconds.
On the heels of announcing the October 21 release of their debut album Love Me Forever, Pinkshift have confirmed an extensive headline tour of North America. The dates kick off in their hometown, Baltimore, MD, on October 20 and conclude on November 18 in Boston, MA.
Pinkshift are a heavy, vehemently unapologetic punk band whose songs rail against prejudice and oppression while also examining in great depth the human condition. The Baltimore-based trio – Ashrita Kumar (vocals, they/them), Paul Vallejo (guitar, he/him), Myron Houngbedji (drums, he/him) – have been making their mark both in the U.S. and across the pond since forming in 2018.
9/11 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground*
9/13 – Montreal , QC – La Sala Rossa*
9/14 – Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck*
9/29 – New Orleans, LA – Emo Nite New Orleans Vacation^
Pinkshift aren’t an apologetic band. In fact, they’re a heavy, vehemently unapologetic punk band whose songs rail against prejudice and oppression while also examining in great depth the human condition.
The Baltimore-based trio – Ashrita Kumar (vocals, they/them), Paul Vallejo (guitar, he/him), Myron Houngbedji (drums, he/him) – have been making their mark both in the U.S. and across the pond since forming in 2018, thanks to a string of critically acclaimed singles, and tours with the likes of PUP and Mannequin Pussy. They eschewed plans for medical school and chemical engineering to pursue music, deliver powerful messages, and show fellow POC artists that they can and should take up space in a predominantly white music scene, and the result is one of the most inventive bands in the punk scene today.
Today Pinkshift announce their long-awaited debut album Love Me Forever, out October 21st via Hopeless Records. The LP was recorded by Will Yip (Turnstile, Mannequin Pussy, The Wonder Years, Circa Survive, Tigers Jaw) and over the course of its’ 12 blistering songs, Love Me Forever completely unleashes the full force and fury of the band.
Following last month’s release of “nothing (in my head),” which exemplified the band’s agility as they walk the line between riot grrl, punk rock, and post-hardcore, Pinkshift share a new single today entitled “i’m not crying, you’re crying.” Featuring a rush of guitars and drums, accelerating into a frenzy of raw, ragged emotion, “i’m not crying, you’re crying” is a breakneck journey into the heart, soul and mind of a band that, clearly, have a lot to get off their chest, and who do so just as viscerally as they do emotionally.
“‘crying’ is the one song on the record that I didn’t start with a particular direction, just raw and unfiltered emotion,” explains Kumar. “As the first song on Love Me Forever, it kicks the record off with a panicked denial – an immediately attacking response to the question of “are you okay?” untrusting and doubtful of the intent and sincerity of that question.”