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Shocking Pinks

An always intimate-sounding blend of indie pop and electronics, Christchurch, New Zealand's Shocking Pinks are the project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Harte. Something of a wunderkind, Harte began playing piano at age six; took up bass, drums, and guitar by the time he was eight; and studied jazz and modern composition -- as well as saxophone, viola, violin, and cello -- at ten. When he was 13, Harte started recording his songs and also performed as the one-man Z, drawing comparisons to Brian Wilson in a New Zealand music publication. He also played in several other bands, including Pig Out, Solaa, Montessori, Laudanum, the Incisions, and the Brunettes (on whose When Ice Met Cream he played drums).

After returning from a six-month stay in London, Harte began working in earnest as the Shocking Pinks, a name inspired by Pretty in Pink's classic teen angst and Harte's desire to keep listeners guessing. Released in 2004, the Shocking Pinks' debut album, Dance the Dance Electric, featured a full-band lineup and introduced Harte's sound, which nodded to the spare, bittersweet sound of such classic New Zealand bands as the Clean and the Bats, My Bloody Valentine's avant pop, and dance-punk. The album earned strong reviews, including one from Pitchfork that drew the attention of indie dance label DFA. In the wake of this success, the Shocking Pinks signed to the legendary New Zealand imprint Flying Nun and released two albums in 2005, Mathematical Warfare and Infinity Land, which Harte wrote and performed on his own. DFA signed Harte and released a series of limited-edition singles, which included remixes by the Glimmers, Deerhunter, Eluvium, and Arkitype, before issuing Shocking Pinks, a remastered compilation of songs from Mathematical Warfare and Infinity Land, in fall 2007. The first word that Harte was working on new material arrived in 2012, when he revealed that he planned to release an EP, Guilt Mirrors, that was inspired by and recorded in part during the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. However, by its February 2014 release, Guilt Mirrors had expanded into a triple album encompassing dance, dream-pop and indie-folk as well as collaborations with Arkitype, Gemma Syme and Ashlin Frances Raymond. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Shocking Pinks

1. Wake Up

2. This Aching Deal

3. How Am I Not Myself?

4. Second Hand Girl

5. End Of The World

6. The Narrator

7. Yes! No!

8. Emily

9. Blonde Haired Girl

10. Victims

11. Girl On The Northern Line

12. I Want U Back

14. Jealousy

15. Cutout

16. 23

17. You Can Make Me Feel Bad

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Track List: Dance The Dance Electric

1. Lovehate

2. Peace Out

3. It's Hard To Breathe

4. Every1

5. Affection

6. In The Labyrinth

7. Efgh

8. Mirror

9. Ice

10. Dry Heat

11. Us Against The City

12. Nostalgia

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Track List: Guilt Mirrors

Disc 1

1. Gun Nest

2. Not Gambling

3. DoubleVisionVersion

4. Ten Years

5. My Best Friend

6. Soapsudds

7. Love Projection (Dedicated To Jerry Fuchs)

10. Swam

11. Therearenorivershere

12. Keep Dreaming

Disc 2

2. Motel

3. Hardfuck

4. (Take Me) Lower

6. Glass Slippers

7. Beyond Dreams

9. Get In There B**ch

Disc 3

1. A Million Times

2. Slightly Killed

3. Chorus Girls

4. Working Holiday

5. Looks Black Rain

6. B & B

7. Translation

8. Hospital Garden

9. Out Of Town Girl

10. Bliss

11. Eleven

12. Dance The Dance Electric

13. Black Looks Rain

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Track List: Not Gambling (Single)

1. Not Gambling

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I love this album everytime I hear it - a hit in my ((heart))
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I love this album
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I think this band has alot of prospect. If they ever get any major publicity they'd probably take off nicely in a similar way to LCD Soundsystem. I hape they do, too.

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