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Pink Mexico: Darkness is their sherbert

Friday 13th, April 2018 / 03:15
By Matty Hume 

Grunge fashionistas crush it at Costco. 
Photo by Arvelisse Ruby Bonilla Ramos

CALGARY – If you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like to toss Ty Segall, Mudhoney and Wavves in a deep fryer and plug an amp into whatever came out, the result would be Pink Mexico. The Robert Preston solo-project-gone-trio is making a stop in Calgary on their ‘Buck Weiland’ tour, named after the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. Why?

“Because we’re gonna go buck-Weiland on this tour, man!” Preston says.

“Scott Weiland’s my hero. He went buck-Weiland to the grave.”

Bassist Ian Everall and drummer Grady Walker now join Preston, who handles anthemic vocals and garage rock guitar duties. According to Everall, joining the Pink Mexico project was a no-brainer.

“Because we were already best buds and we all dress the same.”

Legend has it the coordinated trio met quite by accident while all standing in front of the same mirror at Costco. Noticing they were all rocking the same style, they took turns yelling ‘YOU PLAY THE SKINS?’ at one another. Forming a tight friendship and a touring garage-punk band was the only logical step forward.

The resultant Brooklyn trio, who bounced back to New York after a sojourn in sunny Los Angeles, California, now have two albums under their belts, with their most recent full-length cassette Fool (2016) being passed around on Burger Records. It’s easy to list their menu of sounds as falling somewhere between modern garage-rock and surf-influenced grunge, but Pink Mexico prefers to use their own qualifiers.

“I would describe it as grunge Kenny Loggins,” Preston says.

“We played in San Diego and there was a dude there and he was like, ‘Maaaan, you know what you sound like? Grunge Kenny Loggins, bro.’ I was like ‘That’s pretty fuckin’ amazing! I don’t really know what that means, but I’m gonna roll with that!’”

Rolling with the punches and finding a home within the beefy arms of Burger Records came naturally to the band, especially Everall, who originally hails from Edmonton, Alberta. Never one to miss an opportunity to showcase Pink Mexico’s flare for riding dirty down Sunset Boulevard, Walker vows to deliver a real whopper of a show when they hit his bandmate’s hometown.

“We crush-out. We’re a three-piece crusher.” 

Pink Mexico perform April 26 at 99ten (Edmonton) and on April 27 at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club (Calgary).  

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