Riding on the strength of their latest ‘Tainted’ album, released in late 2021 via Orden Records, iconic post-punk outfit and darkwave pioneers Pink Turns Blue will embark on their TAINTED 2022 tour, which kicks off on September 2 in Seattle. To mark this occasion, the band will also release the ‘Tainted Tour 2022’ EP with four songs reflecting their emotional state in today’s world.
Formed in 1985 in the first generation of gothic rock and named after a Hüsker Dü song, today Pink Turns Blue is made up of Mic Jogwer (vocals, guitar), Paul Richter (drums) and Luca Sammuri (bass). Their debut album ‘If Two Worlds Kiss’ advanced the darkwave sub-genre while becoming a seminal post-punk album. Emerging from the fear and uncertainty of a divided Cold War Germany, they have since released a dozen full-length LPs.
The songs on the ‘Tainted’ LP relate to this world in its current disarray and the seemingly powerlessness of today’s youth to take over the world and change it for the better. But this album is also a call to never give up, to never lose faith or the understanding that making this world just a bit better every day is what makes our lives worth living.
“Since Covid, playing live has been either impossible or very difficult. Until lately, German musicians were not allowed to travel to the USA and Canada at all and many shows were either postponed indefinitely or cancelled due to legal or travel restrictions or bankruptcy for promoters. Other shows, including festivals, happened under very limited or difficult circumstances. Often, people bought tickets but didn’t dare show up because they feared for their health,” explains frontman Mic Jogwer.
“Since February 24 (actually my birthday), when Russia invaded Ukraine, things became even worse. Instead of slowly getting back to “normal” and trying to get our humanity’s shit together and to alleviate climate change and the consequential effects, now we have to cope with war and an energy, food and financial crisis (again) with the risk of losing the battle for equality, climate change, peace… you name it. So now the world is not only TAINTED but is in DISARRAY.”
With potent singles such as ‘Not Even Trying’, ‘You Still Mean Too Much To Me’, ‘There Must Be So Much More’ and ‘So Why Not Save The World’ address such themes as climate change, its effects, the reaction to it, the split within society, isolation, health risks and financial uncertainty. With all these themes addressed on the ‘Tainted’ album still very actual, the TAINTED 2022 tour will bring this music closer to home to music lovers from one coast to another.
The ‘Tainted’ LP is out now across digital platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify, as well as on CD and limited-edition vinyl, available via the band’s website. On September 2, the ‘Tainted Tour 2022’ EP will be released for the launch of the TAINTED 2022 tour. Tickets can be pre-ordered at https://pinkturnsblue.com/live-dates.