Many, many albums were released throughout 2012, but one of the first ones I fell in love with was The Big Pink’s Future This. The Big Pink really gave listeners a new, clean and vibrant sound to love which simply couldn’t be ignored. So to see what the future holds for this band, we spoke to Robbie Furze to get the scoop on their next record, crazy concert moments and change!
AMBY: How is the next record coming along and how has the band progressed since the last one?
RF: The new record is feeling great, I feel I’ve returned to my noise days. I’ve been experimenting a lot with guitars again. I’ve been getting into open tunings and balancing harmonies and feedback. Layers of sonics. It’s still very beat driven but feels more influenced from British early 90ish dance with elements of modern programming. We learnt a lot from Future This and Brief History of Love one main thing is we won’t be working with a producer as closely as we did on “this future” I want to self produce the next one but have some added production from different people and friends I respect. I feel I know the sound of the big pink more than ever now and I love where it’s going.
AMBY: What are the three quintessential The Big Pink songs?
RF: Velvet, Jump Music, Too Young to Love.
AMBY: Who influences The Big Pink as musicians and songwriters?
RF: We have a lot of influences that we dip into depending on where our tastes are. It’s a combination of everything that turned me onto music when I was growing up I guess. Everything from Wu Tang to Stone Roses to Ministry.
AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen at one of your concerts?
RF: That’s hard as a lot of our shows have been pretty crazy when you tour as much as us it can get a bit wild. I guess when I punched this guy at a concert in Atlanta. I have mixed feelings about it, I guess, I felt pretty bad about it and wish that I had dealt with it in a better way. We were playing this show in this venue that had two concert rooms and there was this emo band playing at the same time as us. This guy was a fan of this band and for some reason had managed to get into our crowd. He was drunk and shouting shit and was being really aggressive to some girls in the crowd. The security couldn’t see him but it was all about to kick off as some of the Big Pink fans had had enough. I stopped the show and told him to come onto the stage and as he walked on I punched him. It looked worse than it was. You can see it on YouTube “the big pink sucker punch” I am sorry about it but it was a difficult situation.
AMBY: You released your latest album Future This earlier this year, what are your feelings about it now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?
RF: I love Future This it’s exactly the sort of record we wanted to make at that time. Every song I’m super proud of. It’s very hard to answer question like this as you are never truly happy with whatever you do. Ingrained paranoia is always present. Like I’ve never really been comfortable with my voice for instance but I just have to over look things like that. To be honest, at times I felt that “future this” lacked a little of the big pink essence. Maybe we refined our sound too much and it’s a little clean as a whole but the song writing is some of our best work.
AMBY: What’s on your iPod at the moment?
RF: Death Grips, Tommy Lee Sparta, Screamadelica.
AMBY: Stay Gold is a fantastic song, what is the story behind it?
RF: It’s a song about hope and staying positive. We quoted The Outsiders’ “stay gold, pony boy”.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
RF: Pretty Hate Machine, Nevermind, Music from Big Pink
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
RF: Kurt Cobain, we would have fun for a bit but then he might bring me down.
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
RF: I love my dog and I love hanging out with my friends and family.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012 so far?
RF: Pyshco– Tommy Lee Sparta.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Big Pink that nobody knows yet?
RF: The band is going to go through another change! For the better/best.
Lend an ear to The Big Pink’s track Stay Gold (one of our personal favourites), and also admire the wicked video that accompanies it! And of course, thank you Robbie, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout