Ariel Pink in Stockholm, Sweden
|Birth name||Ariel Marcus Rosenberg|
|Born||June 24, 1978|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Psychedelic pop, noise pop, lo-fi, freak folk, avant-garde, indie rock, experimental|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion|
|Labels||Paw Tracks, Human Ear Music, UUAR, Manimal Vinyl, 4AD, Ballbearings Piñatas, JesusWarhol, Tiny Creatures|
|Associated acts||John Maus, R. Stevie Moore, coL, Lilys, Holy Shit, Girls, Puro Instinct, Atheif, Vas Deferens Organization|
|Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti|
|Past members||Jimi Hey
Ariel Pink was raised in the Beverlywood area of Los Angeles, attending Beverly Hills High School and later the California Institute of the Arts. In high school, Pink was a fan of such Gothic rock acts as Christian Death, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy, and The Cure (whom he cites as his favorite band). He started writing songs "around age 10" and has recorded over 500 songs on hundreds of cassette tapes since 1996.
Pink produces and plays almost all of his own music, and is noted for creating drum sounds using primarily his mouth, and sometimes his armpits. His home recording technique gives his music a very lo-fi sound. Pink's influences range from Michael Jackson to R. Stevie Moore—whom Pink calls a friend, mentor, and "father of home recording".
From 2000–2002, Pink collaborated with fellow Los Angeles recording artist coL, which resulted in each being featured on one another's albums. A side project by the two, was released by JesusWarhol Records in 2011; called Atheif. In the summer of 2003, Pink passed a CD-R on to Baltimore, Maryland based band Animal Collective after being introduced by mutual friend and occasional collaborator Jimi Hey (All Night Radio, Indian Jewelry, Beachwood Sparks, The Rapture) at one of their shows. Unbeknownst to Pink, Animal Collective had recently started their own record label, Paw Tracks. Animal Collective member Josh Dibb remembers:
|“||It sat on the floor of the van for a week or so [...]. Finally we played it and we were just like ‘Woah!’. Brian was, like, ‘I’m making it my goal in life to put this kid’s record out on our label’.||”|
Several weeks later they contacted him to sign him on Paw Tracks. Pink became the first musician on the label aside from the members of Animal Collective. The next year, the label reissued The Doldrums, an album which had been originally recorded in 1999. Since then, Paw Tracks (now co-owned by Carpark Records) has released two other reissues of Pink's previous recordings, Worn Copy and House Arrest.
Pink has gradually caught the attention of media sources around the United States as well as internationally. As most of his albums are self-made, many of them have never been heard by fans. Almost all of Pink's albums which have been commercially released come from his recently released "Haunted Graffiti" series and are thus the best known.
|“||People boo me everywhere...They don't even hide their contempt. I'm used to it now...Hey, I'm giving audiences the real thing...For better or worse, I'm out there, and those are the circumstances. People don't like it when it seems like you don't know what's happening, or I'm getting bummed out with certain aspects and I can't hide it. I think people feel that pain and just think it's bad.||”|
After initially playing shows with pre-recorded music, Pink later employed the efforts of Gary War, Dana Young, Robert Robinson Sore Eros), Tim Koh (White Magic), and John Maus while touring. In 2006, Pink formed a new band with keyboardist/guitarist/backing vocalist Kenny Gilmore, drummer/backing vocalist Stephen Papke (Simmons SDSV, SDS7, SDS8, SDS9 electronic drums), bassist Nicolas Amato, guitarist Nate Walton, and guitarist Vudi (American Music Club, Swans). On occasion, keyboardists Julia Holter, keyboardist Geneva Jacuzzi, and saxophonist Richard Sax Ross joined the band live. In 2007, the band toured with Gang Gang Dance and Jimi Hey returned as guitarist to replace Nate Walton. In 2008, Pink formed a new band with keyboardist/guitarist/backing vocalist Kenny Gilmore, drummer/vocalist/guitarist Jimi Hey, and guitarist Cole M.G.N. (Ethnik Klensr, The Samps, Nite Jewel), who became known as Haunted Graffiti. Drummer Aaron Sperske (Beachwood Sparks, Lilys) replaced Jimi Hey, and guitarist Joseph Kennedy has replaced Greif-Neill. Consistent touring with a fixed band lineup has led to a much more accessible and musically tighter show for concert goers.
In 2006, Pink's collaboration with Holy Shit front-man Matt Fishbeck led to the release of Stranded at Two Harbors.
In July, 2008, Haunted Graffiti toured with Chairlift. In March 2009, Haunted Graffiti toured the US with Cryptacize and in April 2009 with Vivian Girls; the tour culminated in a performance at Coachella.
In November 2009, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti was signed to 4AD records. He released a new mp3 single "Round and Round" in March 2010, marking a studio quality departure from his former lo-fi recordings. 4AD released it as a 7" single, backed with "Mistaken Wedding". A new album, Before Today, followed on June 8, 2010. Before Today was recognized by Pitchfork in their "Best New Music" category. The album includes some new versions of songs released on previous records, notably "L'Estat (acc. to the widow's maid)", "Round and Round" (formerly titled "Frontman/Hold On (I'm Calling)") and "Beverly Kills".
In December 2010, Pitchfork named "Round and Round" the number 1 song on their list of The Top 100 Tracks of 2010. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti were chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that they curated in May 2011.
- House Arrest / Lover Boy (2002)
- The Doldrums (2004)
- Worn Copy (2005)
- Ariel Rosenberg's Thrash and Burn: Pre (2006)
- Scared Famous (2007)
- Underground (2007)
- Odditties Sodomies Vol. 1 (2008)
- Before Today (2010) (#163 U.S.)
- Mature Themes (2012) (#136 U.S.)
- Niklas Records, Jakub Krawczynski (2011, August). "Vas Deferens Organization and Brad Laner: Transcontinental Conspiracy presskit". Retrieved 09 September 2012.
- Identity Theory interview
- Nero Magazine NERO n.05 May/June 2005
- Vice Magazine interview
- Junkmedia interview
- LA Weekly feature
- "ANIMAL COLLECTIVE "Sung Tongs" Fat Cat ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI "Worn Copy" Paw Tracks". The Washington Post.
- Tiny Mix Tapes tour news
- Dazed Digital article
- Left Hip Magazine interview
- "artworks for a living". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- "Cover Story: Ariel Pink | Features". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
- Uncut Magazine review
- Paw Tracks artist information
- Eesti Ekspress interview
- Discorder Magazine feature
- "L. A. Weekly: Features: Class of '05: Lost And Found". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- CMJ tour news
- › Scott Paddock (2009-09-09). "Stranded At Two Harbors: Holy Shit: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Bassist Tim Koh's website
- "4AD signs Ariel Pink". Music Week. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- "New Ariel Pink: "Round and Round" | News". Pitchfork. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- 4AD's "Round and Round" page
- 4AD "Before Today" Announcement
- "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- "Staff Lists: The Top 100 Tracks of 2010 | Features". Pitchfork. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- ATP: All Tomorrow's Parties
- "Review – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes". nymn.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012.