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Imagine creating a sound so original that you have to invent your own genre to describe it. The minds behind Newcastle’s The Old Pink House have carefully distilled their music style into an overarching genre of ‘cosmic pop’, and it’s a move vocalist Christopher Brown is passionate about. “I hate when I read bands describing their music as some kind of list of genres, like indie-pop-rock-alternative, or whatever. I wanted to really find a concise phrase that immediately tells you what we are. I think our music is unafraid of its own campness, and so I think the phrase ‘cosmic pop’ really gets to the purity of what our sound is.”  

The quartet have garnered a significant following in the North East and are beginning to go beyond the region. They’ve got themselves airtime on national radio as well as securing support slots with a whole host of impressive names, all in the short eighteen months since their formation. “We’ve opened for Anteros a few times, which is always fun, as we get on so well with them. In terms of big moments, opening for Little Comets at the O2 Academy was crazy, as some of the first ever gigs we saw were there, and Little Comets were a big band for us when we were younger.”

I think our music is unafraid of its own campness, and so I think the phrase ‘cosmic pop’ really gets to the purity of what our sound is

The Old Pink House’s debut EP, Expectations, is out this month, and it’s a solid culmination of over a year of trials and tribulations: “Max and I were in a band who dropped a few tunes online and picked up some blog support, but sort of fell apart for various reasons before we even played any shows. I was pretty devastated by it, but after I pulled myself together, I just hid myself away for like six months writing and demoing in my bedroom. I went fully self-indulgent with the initial demos, and so when I got Max involved it took some time to work out how to play them live. Harry and James came into our orbit through circumstance, and once those components were in place it became more of a band and less of a gluttonous home demo project.”

Once The Old Pink House had come together, the music started flowing quickly. Songs like Jaded and Expectations are sensational melodic pop songs, with plenty of dreamy and cosmic vibes. No wonder they’re looking forward to putting this out: “It’s really exciting. To be releasing a five track body of work, as opposed to just single track after single track, is an opportunity to flex our muscles creatively. It’s something that seems to be dying out; albums are becoming less and less of the gold standard in the current industry climate.”

Despite having just finished their first record, The Old Pink House already have their eyes on the future. “We’re already recording our next EP. It’s much more diverse and experimental than what we’ve done before. We’re also planning some UK dates later in the year.” The Old Pink House may still be a fledgling band, but they’ve got the commitment and the originality to develop their exciting sound even further.

The Old Pink House play The Cluny, Newcastle to mark the release of Expectations on Saturday 18th August.


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