The Pinker Tones
The Pinker Tones
THE PINKER TONES
The Million Colour Revolution
“The Pinker Tones are conquering the world” –Rolling Stone
“Just brilliant...you don’t need to say any more than that” – KCRW, San Francisco
The official Catalan ambassadors for Cosmopolitan Cool, THE PINKER TONES, bring us the sound of one of the world’s hippest cities – Barcelona. Renowned for its style and eclecticism, the city has spawned a music culture which absorbs an abundance of influences and eras and turns them into something relevant, fresh and fun. Top of the playlist at the trendiest pop venues Razzmatazz and Mond Club, The Pinker Tones epitomize this scene, throwing everything they find (bar the kitchen sink) into the mix, yet somehow making it into a product which undeniably works. With no real intention of striving for cool status, The Pinker Tones somehow achieve it – in bucket loads!
Formed in 2001 through a series of chance meetings, The Pinker Tones are Professor Manso and Mr Furia, two semi-legendary figures on the Barcelona music scene who are the driving forces behind a renaissance in the city’s musical culture. Writers, remixers, producers, DJs and all round good guys, The Professor and Mr Furia are plotting world domination of the charts from their roof top studio (Pinker Land) in the heart of the city.
Their debut single, “Mais Pourquoi”, hit number one in the Spanish chart, attracting reviews comparing it favourably with Quincy Jones, Euro-disco, Air, Lemon Jelly and somewhat bizarrely “italo sixties cocktail lounge music for beat afficiandos”.
Since then the group have gone from strength to strength, attracting favourable reviews from The Washington Post, New York Times, El Pais, Rolling Stone, Indy Rock, La Vanguardia, FHM , amongst many many others. Their music has appeared on MTV, AOL, Yahoo, BBC Radio and a host of mainstream and alternative radio and TV channels right throughout the world. The band also have one of the biggest online followings of any independent group in the world with over 20,000 fans on MySpace, which resulted in their latest album The Million Colour Revolution debuting at the number 1 spot on emusic.com in the USA and taking up a healthy position in the iTunes Latin top 10.
Born of an inventor father and accordion-player mother, the young Manso was always destined for the world of showbusiness. He says that when his mother was pregnant with him, her husband would place the accordian on her stomach. With the movement of her breathing, the instrument would expand and contract creating strange sounds best described as 12-tone music. His father had the strange notion that the foetus began to train its ear this way…
Later Manso began to have classical piano lessons with Svetlana, a Russian teacher. But the young Manso was more interested in dancing to popular basque rhythms, or chasing the little ducks of Furita, or playing with his 7 african hamsters… Until one day, to the proud surprise of his parents, Manso decided to convert his small bedroom into a spectacular set of percussion instruments out of pots and pans from the kitchen, mop buckets and old junk found in a scrapyard. From that moment on the deafening noise that came out of his bedroom day and night led him to rapidly lose his reputation in the neighbourhood as a nice boy, and left neighbours at the end of their tether.
This continued for many years until one day his father invented the first homemade computer in history (of which unfortunately no proof survived) with pieces taken from a japanese television set and an old Olivetti typewriting machine. Just on seeing the device, the young Manso forgot about his promising future as a percussionist. He was hypnotized by the movements of the mouse and spent the next 20 years of his life hooked to it. The neighbours could finally breathe easy, at least for the moment, until he joins forces with Furia. And the rest, as they say, is history…
From a tender young age, Mr Furia knew he was going to be a great music artist. His parents say proudly that the young Furia had a special gift for music, and that before he even learnt to walk he could already play the sitar.
His first great passion was Tyrolean and Alphorn music, and the Zieh-Harmonika (an alpine diatonic accordion), but family pressure and personal motivation eventually led the young Furia towards more contemporary styles.
His next step was to move towards a style of music which due to a complex and incomprehensible mental mechanism reminded him of his beloved Tyrolean music: the Bossa Nova. Then he added Professor Manso to this brazilian-alpine mix and their mutual growing interest in electronic music and the ukelele. And the rest is history…