It's been nearly four years since Cleaning the Mirror came out, and in that time Kevin Failure's production has been slow but steady, a half-dozen sin

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It's been nearly four years since Cleaning the Mirror came out, and in that time Kevin Failure's production has been slow but steady, a half-dozen singles and EPs, each of them a concise statement, each of them different from the last. Put those postcard missives together and you can chart an atlas of depression, of a guy's struggles with a darkness that threatens to swallow him up every day. Or you can map Failure's travels around the globe, from Wisconsin and Ohio, through Melbourne and Santiago de Chile, and finally to New York City, places where Failure has been both catalyst and receptor to a global scene's underground energies. The evidence of those four years, and then some, are inscribed in the six songs of Shit in the Garden, the new Pink Reason LP and Failure's best work to date.

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Unlike the myriad bands dumping product into a ceaseless internet datastream, Pink Reason demands and repays scrutiny. Try and dissect it like an owl pellet and you'll give up in frustration: it won't disintegrate into a million parts, into a vomitous bundle of "influences," effects, and references. It holds together, it resists description, analysis, generic classification. It writhes away and gives you the slip, only to blossom in your memory when you least expect it. Listen to these six songs and you'll hear weeks, months, even years of labor and experience compressed into five- and six-minute songs. Great songs, songs that reveal themselves to you little by little and then close up again, songs that will probably stay with you for the rest of your life. Pink Reason rewards that attention and dedication because Failure doesn’t repeat himself, and because, like all the best punk records, each release feels like a hard-earned victory over indifference, depression, and self-destructive rage.

Now that the dust is settling and the commercial concerns of a thousand "lo-fi" projects have vacated the underground for a better life in the dorm rooms of America, the influence of Cleaning the Mirror on the past half-decade is clear. Failure is still here, using the cheapest technology imaginable to create rich, enveloping psychological environments, to give voice to a restless inner life, his music blooming like sunflowers amid the debris.

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Festivals:

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Chaos In Tejas

Austin, Texas

May 15th-17th 2008

w/ Roky Erickson (of the 13th Floor Elevators)

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Kraak Festival

Brussels, Belgium

March 1st 2008

w/ Silver Apples, Bardo Pond, Cherry Blossoms, Clockcleaner and more

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International Tours:

Europe/Eastern Europe/Russia

June-September '11

Chile

January '10

Australia/New Zealand

September '09

France, Belgium, UK

February/March '08

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Interviews/Press:

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Vice - August 2009

NO ORDINARY LIFE
Kevin Failure Makes a Difference With Pink Reason

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Mountain Fold - Spring 2009

PINK REASON

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Vice - September 2008

SOVIET HERITAGE
Understanding Pink Reason

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Spin - June 2008

SH*TGAZE
Columbus, Ohio, gives lo-fi new, sorta gross name

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New Musical Express - February 2008

SO THERE'S THIS THING CALLED 'SHITGAZE'

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Selected Discography:

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Pink Reason - Shit In The Garden LP (Siltbreeze)

Street Date: May 17th, 2011

Reviews:
Tiny Mix Tapes
Exclaim.ca
Impose

Sixteen Years by pinkreason

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Pink Reason - Desperate Living EP (Almost Ready)

Released: January 2011

Reviews:
Agit Reader
KDVS - Art For Spastics
MaximumRocknRoll - Top Tens
MRR Radio

Song With No Name by pinkreason

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Pink Reason - Borrowed Time EP (Fashionable Idiots)

Released: June 2008

Reviews:
World of Wümme
Agit Reader
Collective Zine

Borrowed Time by pinkreason

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Pink Reason - Cleaning The Mirror LP/CD (Siltbreeze)

Released: April 2007

Reviews:
Pitchfork
Dusted
Tiny Mix Tapes

Up The Sleeve by pinkreason

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