Che A.H. Arthur – guitar, vocal
Kortland Chase – guitar
Pete Croke – bass
Adam Reach – drums
The title of Chicago quartet Pink Avalanche’s sophomore album The Luminous Heart of Nowhere might evoke a sense of an ethereal void, but its music is firmly rooted in midwestern underground rock. The band’s driving, bold melodic sound hearkens to that of myriad midwestern noisemakers like Rodan, Arcwelder and Naked Raygun. That’s not to suggest Pink Avalanche has any sort of retro vibe, but rather that their music clearly captures the essence of their surroundings.
Oddly enough, guitarist/vocalist Che Arthur (ex-Atombombpocketknife) is rarely home. Working as a highly sought-after live sound engineer for Bob Mould, Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, Silversun Pickups and more, he spends much of his time on the road. But, as Pink Avalanche reunites Arthur with drummer Adam Reach (The Poison Arrows) — the two of whom had previously played together in the Chicago/Alabama trio Universal Life and Accident, as well as on Arthur’s solo albums — it’s clearly somewhat of a musical homecoming.
The band began as an in-studio writing project between the pair, tracking basic versions of songs as they wrote them. An album quickly began to take shape, and Arthur and Reach began to realize it was time to become a full band. Enter guitarist Kortland Chase (As Hell, Chatty Cathy) and bassist Pete Croke (Tight Phantomz, Brokeback, Exit Verse), their friends and equally seasoned musicians in the Chicago scene.
From that point, Pink Avalanche took its name from a rare variety of lily flowers and released their debut album Wraiths in late May 2013. Many local and regional stints later, the band entered the studio with Arthur engineering in early 2014 to record The Luminous Heart of Nowhere, an album sure to establish Pink Avalanche as heirs to a revitalized era of heartland post-punk.
The Luminous Heart of Nowhere is available everywhere on LP and download via Past/Futures Records.