The PINK STONES – ” Introducing… The Pink Stones “

Posted: April 23, 2021 in MUSIC

The Pink Stones deliver a full serving of Peach State picked country-rock from Athens, Georgia with the release of their debut album, “Introducing… The Pink Stones”, via the New West Records imprint Normaltown Records. Mixing elements of classic cosmic country, raucous rock’n’roll and fresh humour and heartaches, The Pink Stones are authoring a new chapter in the annals of Cosmic American Music.

The journey to the Pink Stones debut album began in 2015, when freshman college-student and then punk rocker Hunter Pinkston bought a special single by one of his favourite bands. “It was the song ‘Brass Buttons,’ Pinkston says. “One side was The Lemonheads and the other was Gram Parsons’ original version. I bought it because I was a Lemonheads fan, but I flipped it over and that was the one of the first times I’d heard Gram Parsons. I was like, ‘Oh shit! I didn’t know I liked country until right now.’”

Inspired by his discovery, Pinkston not only began tracking down and listening to Parsons’ catalogue, but took the well-travel music fan path of seeking out similar artists and influences. It was actually a landscape he’d seen before but paid little attention to.

“When I was a kid my mom liked country music but my dad was totally a rocker,” Pinkston says. “They would constantly be switching the radio. I was definitely with my dad and had discounted country forever. Then it caught up with me and I became pretty much obsessed with it.”

“The songs on the record are, I guess, the first batch of tunes that I started writing three years ago, when I started doing this group…” Hunter Pinkston.

Pinkston formed the band about four years ago, after taking a while to find the artists that would be the right fit. Before landing on the current group—Will Anderson, Logan Brammer, Adam Wayton, and Jack Colclough and Drive-By Truckers founder John NeffPinkston played with various artists during the search. Now, these six members, based in Athens, Georgia, have been playing together for a little over a year. 

The tracks on their debut album range from early written tunes to the more recent with Pinkston pulling together a few songs he had written while the band was still in the process of forming. 

“It’s funny that we called it Introducing…The Pink Stones, because we were trying to come up with some themed album title that would go with the songs. Then we kind of realized that some of the songs aren’t exactly like the way we play and sound now because they’re older tunes,” explains Pinkston. 

“From breaking up to drinking and smoking, the songs on Introducing…The Pink Stones take the listener on a unique adventure. The latest single, ‘Love Me Hardly,’ a favourite of Pinkston, is among those that guarantee a good time to anyone who sits back and listens to it. “

From breaking up to drinking and smoking, the songs on Introducing…The Pink Stones take the listener on a unique adventure. The latest single, “Love Me Hardly,” is among those that guarantee a good time to anyone who sits back and listens to it.  “It’s a rocker song so it’s fun to play for people. Everybody in the band gets to shine on that one; there’s no lack of performance from anyone. It kind of shows everybody’s talent a little, I feel like,” Pinkston says. 

The accompanying music video, features the guys performing on a stage set up, playing their instruments as they are perched in front of a classic red backdrop. Each band member has their talent showcased throughout the song and the video.

“Love Me Hardly,” along with the 9 other tracks on the album, match the band’s image with its country, pop and psychedelic sounds that leave you feeling entranced. 

Introducing… The Pink Stones is out NOW via Normaltown Records​:

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