Pink and Brown

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Pink and Brown
Pink and Brown (photo by Larry Knudson)
Pink and Brown
(photo by Larry Knudson)
Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresAlternative rock
Punk rock
Noise rock
Art punk
Avant-garde rock
Years active19972003
LabelsLoad Records,
MembersJohn Dwyer (Pink)
Jeff Rosenberg (Brown)

Pink and Brown was a noise rock/punk rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1997 when the members moved west from their old home of Providence, Rhode Island. The band consisted of Pink (John Dwyer) and Brown (Jeff Rosenberg).[1][2] Pink played guitar and sang while Brown played drums. The band was influenced by the sounds and styles of bands such as Olneyville Sound System and Lightning Bolt.

The band's live shows (the first of which was at O'Brien's in Allston, Massachusetts) was a chaotic and frenetic performance from both members. The San Francisco Bay Guardian described their live sound as "Korean folk drumming gone punk". Both members would appear onstage in outlandish outfits that corresponded with their colorful pseudonyms.

The band broke up in 2003. On their message board they announced their disbanding simply: "Mommy and daddy still love you but they just can't stay married. We hope this doesn't put a damper on your childhood but we think you'll be just fine."

Dwyer went on to play with Coachwhips, Yikes! and The Hospitals. As of January 2022, he is playing with Osees.[3] Rosenberg is a past member of Young People and The Jews, and is currently one quarter of Lavender Diamond.[4] He also makes ambient guitar music under his own name.


  • Final Foods (ToYo) (2001)
  • Pink and Brown/Death Drug 12" Split (Load) (2002)
  • Shame Fantasy II (Load) (posthumous 2003)


  1. ^ Gluckin, Tzvi (October 23, 2017). "Oh Sees' John Dwyer: 21st Century Renaissance Man". Premier Guitar. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  2. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (July 2, 2003). "Pink and Brown: Shame Fantasy II". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  3. ^ Pearis, Bill (August 9, 2021). "OSEES expand tour, add two new L.A. dates; John Dwyer art show this month". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "Lavender Diamond: When We Say Beautiful, We Mean Wild!". L.A. Record. September 10, 2005. Retrieved October 14, 2021.

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