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The Big Pink @ El Rey Theatre 11/18/09

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The Big Pink is the kind of band you want to discover in a secret warehouse party downtown. The kind that requires a password to get in, could be broken up by the cops at any time, and the only reason you know about it is because you're neighbor's best friend knows a guy who knows a guy who's dating the drummer. Had they been an LA band, that's probably how they would be known. As it is, these Londoners played their first US gig ever at...The El Rey. Not exactly the right vibe, but that didn't stop them from creating their own atmosphere from scratch. When the curtains lifted we were hit with a wall of white smoke, flashing strobe lights and noise. I can only guess that they went on half an hour late, was because they spent all that time filling the stage with smoke.

Arriving on a tidal wave of hype from their native England, The Big Pink filled the El Rey with expectant fans and critics all ready to see if their live show was as good as their debut album A Brief History of Love which was released in September. And was it? Well, I guess the best answer to that question is sometimes.