Monday, June 18, 2018
Features and More

Big Pink's new album 'Future This' sounds like breakout effort

One of the hottest pop acts in the U.K. sometimes pretends to be gay. Or maybe this duo of prankish dudes is gay pretending to be straight pretending to be gay. Whatever. The truth is that no one really cares about Big Pink's actual kinks and preferences because their electro-rock cuts are so bloody catchy.

So let 'em cuddle for the camera, as these dance-floor nerds with the suggestive name did when they showed up in 2009. As long as Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell keep uncorking smart, refreshing albums like the new Future This — produced in part by Paul Epworth, who helmed Adele's Rolling in the Deep — they could pretend to be cross-dressing llama herders and no one would stop dancing to their technotic tunes.

It's a new year, which means we're about to meet and greet swarms of acts eager to break out a la 2011's LMFAO and Foster the People. The Big Pink is first up to be judged and loved, or left behind. These Londoners are all the buzz back home, and now the U.S. version of iTunes is hyping the band's sophomore album, Future This, which was released stateside on Tuesday.

Despite lifting their name from 1968 Band album Music From Big Pink — a crunchy roots-rock classic — Furze and Cordell prefer head-spinning synths and icy exteriors. They share a label, 4AD, with Bon Iver and St. Vincent, and that makes sense. They're all plugged into the same quirky electrical outlet.

Big Pink's vocals, however, are significantly warmer than their beats 'n' bleeps, especially on sneaky single Hit the Ground (Superman). "Can you catch me when I drop?" Furze sings amidst paisley swirls.

Like a wallflowery Coldplay, Furze and Cordell have a knack for crowd-pleasing gestures. Stay Gold starts robotic, but its bonfire chorus is not unlike the belted earnestness of early U2 ("Forgive your lovers, but don't forget their names"). Give It Up is a brash charmer a la the blue-eyed soul of '80s ABC. And Rubbernecking is a last-call shout that, steely industrial hum aside, is not unlike Rihanna's Cheers (Drink to That).

There's no telling if the Big Pink will break in the U.S., too. Honestly, there aren't a lot of bands with the same twisted business model. They're shape-shifting rule-breakers bold enough to predict they'll soon sell out Madison Square Garden. Who's to say they won't? Gay, straight, pranksters, popsters: If the Big Pink doesn't make it in America, it won't be because they're dull.

Sean Daly can be reached at [email protected]

Comments
Restaurant review: Chile Verde is serving up very solid tacos in an unlikely spot

Restaurant review: Chile Verde is serving up very solid tacos in an unlikely spot

ST. PETERSBURGThere are a lot of decommissioned gas stations across the country. Some have been reinvented, cleverly made over as upscale restaurants. There’s Big Star in Chicago, Elaia & Olio in St. Louis, Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, Va., even Bi...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Taste test: Chocolate chip cookies

Taste test: Chocolate chip cookies

When we started seeing ads for Nestle Toll House cookies already baked and prepackaged, I knew it was time for our tasters to get involved. They are cookie lovers, and one even has his own cookiemaking business. We found the Nestle brand and had hope...
Published: 06/18/18
Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first of sev...
Published: 06/15/18
With over 40 years between the birth of my two daughters, I am two different fathers

With over 40 years between the birth of my two daughters, I am two different fathers

Still shaken by Bobby Kennedy’s assassination six days earlier, I sat in the hospital waiting room mindlessly thumbing through a May 1968 Rolling Stone while my wife, Fran, gave birth to our daughter Elle. As was customary, when everyone had been fre...
Published: 06/15/18
Puerto Vallarta is a dreamy Mexican getaway within reach

Puerto Vallarta is a dreamy Mexican getaway within reach

LOREN ELLIOTT • Times CorrespondentPUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICOThe third-floor balcony attached to our rented apartment served as a peaceful refuge above Puerto Vallarta’s bustling central district streets. Below us, taxis honked, people crowded bus ...
Published: 06/15/18
How Tampa's Cole and Marmalade got famous, beat cancer and helped save more cats

How Tampa's Cole and Marmalade got famous, beat cancer and helped save more cats

Here's how to make your cat famous on the internet, according to the owners of some famous felines.
Published: 06/15/18
Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first of sev...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/16/18
High-tech nighttime lagoon show coming to Universal Orlando this summer

High-tech nighttime lagoon show coming to Universal Orlando this summer

A gliding, wraith-like figure of a Dementor from the Harry Potter films enters Central Park, and the exteriors of the surrounding buildings immediately are covered in a layer of ice, a sign of their power to drain happiness out of the air around them...
Published: 06/14/18
Why this ballet dancer is skipping college in favor of her own St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory

Why this ballet dancer is skipping college in favor of her own St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory

GULFPORT — Brianna Melton is as serious a ballet student as they come.By her junior year at St. Petersburg High’s International Baccalaureate program, she had already spent four summers training with ballet companies across the country and had narrow...
Published: 06/14/18
Frito and Cheeto: How rescued seahorses found webcam fame

Frito and Cheeto: How rescued seahorses found webcam fame

Smile for the camera, Frito. The world is watching, and you have a story to tell. The tiny seahorse came to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Sunday with fishing line wrapped around her neck. By Wednesday, she became the CMA’s newest internet ...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18