Pinky Pinky have avoided every possible pitfall on their debut album Turkey Dinner. The three Los Angeles-based musicians channel a wide swath of influences to create charming rock’n’roll that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The album harks back to a time when we didn’t know too much about musicians themselves; the music was the glue that held together our relationship with an artist. Our imaginations filled in the blanks, not Google.
Named after a mythological monster that hunts young girls, writers are going to have a field day trying to connect the dots between the band name and their female-empowering lyrics. And maybe that was what Pinky Pinky intended, but nothing about their music implies such calculation. Rather, everything great about Turkey Dinner says they chose the name because it sounds pretty cool and has a slightly macabre undertone. As any band knows, finding a combination of letters and numbers that sounds ‘pretty cool’ to everyone in the room is harder than learning the guitar solo to Van Halen’s “Eruption”.
Influences are easy enough to spot on Turkey Dinner and you don’t need a music critic to point them out. Just spin the record and you’ll hear almost every style you can hyphen-marry to rock; from surf to psych to indie to pop to punk. It’s not forced either – Pinky Pinky shift gears effortlessly, like a high schooler who falls in love with someone new every semester. The whimsical ode to the hottest boy in school (“My Friend Sean”) doesn’t need a deeper meaning to be important. There’s a time and place for deeper meanings, but rock’n’roll shouldn’t forget it was built upon a foundation of teenagers wearing out the grooves of 45’s singing along to The Crystals and Elvis Presley.
Devoid of artifice, Pinky Pinky joins The Regrettes as a new breed of California rock’n’roll that isn’t beholden to any particular scene. Drummer-singer Anastasia Sanchez’s delivery often sounds like Fiona Apple fronting Sleater-Kinney which is as cool as it sounds. Too young to drown in a postmodern malaise, the refreshing lack of cynicism gives the lyrics a wide-eyed sparkle while Eva Chamber’s deceptively deft bass lines roll their eyes at anyone foolish enough to dismiss this as simple teenage garage rock. Turkey Dinner ultimately unfolds like a stack of unbelievably good singles someone found in an attic and slipped into a jukebox at a Tiki bar you never want to leave.
Release: 14th June 2019, Innovative Leisure