Pin It

'Before Today,' Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti 

A terribly named band heavily borrowing from disco and ’80s pop occasionally makes a good song.

click to enlarge art15404.jpg

Not trying to be a jerky judgey-McJudgerton here, but I absolutely hate the name of this band. It sounds like a joke. A not-funny joke. Hate it.

With that out of the way, it’s important to see past the dumb name and recognize the several genuine flickers of greatness on Before Today, the umpteenth record by this Los Angeles freak-folk project. It’s a ship steered by Ariel Pink (first name real, last name not), a guy who leads this 1970s-derivate band in mimicking everyone from the Talking Heads to the Bee Gees — laying Weymouth-esque bass lines across the record and Barry Gibb-like vocals on “Round and Round” and “Beverly Kills.”

The band adds a little of its own flair (synths, more synths) here and there, creating a unique strangeness that I’ve only encountered when listening to a Gary Wilson or James Pants record. It seems normal, but then you realize that everyone in this band is really high.

DOWNLOAD: “Bright Lit Blue Skies”


Tags: ,

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Meet 
the Sun
  • Meet the Sun

    Karrie O'Neill is finally ready to take her music full time, complete with a brand-new album and upcoming tour
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Party like it's 1975
  • Party like it's 1975

    The latest British pop sensation invades Spokane
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Act Naturally
  • Act Naturally

    After a brain tumor, one local man's recovery was aided by listening to classic rock. This weekend, he gets to meet Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band
    • Oct 13, 2016
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls

RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls @ Regal Cinemas

Thu., Oct. 27 and Mon., Oct. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Leah Sottile

  • Imaginary Friends
  • Imaginary Friends

    The very real role that fantasy plays in our everyday lives
    • Aug 13, 2014
  • Expert Advice
  • Expert Advice

    Dab? Vape? Indica? Sativa? A few tips for beginners
    • Jul 9, 2014
  • In the Veginning
  • In the Veginning

    At the first Spokane VegFest, you'll get a bellyful, not an earful
    • Jun 18, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • The Kids Aren't Alright

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children can't quite strike the balance between whimsy and darkness
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

indigo girls

spokane symphony

Readers also liked…

  • Here On Earth
  • Here On Earth

    Local existential rockers B Radicals on their new album, current events and why they're not exactly hippies
    • May 6, 2015
  • Volume is Back!
  • Volume is Back!

    Volume 2015 Inlander Music Festival: Everything you need to know, and suggested lineups for every musical taste
    • May 20, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation