Magic Bronson, Pink Skies
1322 South Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma, WA, 98402
This event is all ages
An approachable band from Southern California. Uses powers for good.
Times are tough, and Magic Bronson is nervous. The Los Angeles-born-and-based duo has spent its six years together soaking up what’s going on in the world, and they’re profoundly uneasy. Their response to most situations is to write a song, which is how the 2017 track “Nervous” sprang into life – and if you’re new to Magic Bronson, “Nervous” is a good place to start. The itchy lyric – “All the things that make you nervous/ Crooked cops and guilty verdicts/ Fires, floods, parking permits” – is countered by an absolute swirling corker of a synthpop melody, and its earworm properties are pretty spectacular.
Most Magic Bronson songs nail that same combination – stone-cold melody-making paired with lyrics that are provocative and sometimes trippy. What makes it special is that the duo - Matt Lieberman (bass, synths, most lyrics) and Michael Nicastro (vocals, synths, drum programming, production) - is constitutionally unable to write the same song twice. There’s a wry, slacker-cool and slightly stoned thread running through everything, but beyond that they never know quite what will come out of the pot once they’ve thrown in and stirred the ingredients. The only constants are fat bass, sumptuous choruses and lyrics that range from artful absurdism to plain old pure emotion, as expressed by two guys who’ve had a long day and need to vent.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Arieh Berl grew up playing in Punk and Indie bands around the Bay Area. While writing for his band, it became clear his new songs were meant for a completely different project. He wasn't writing punk or indie songs anymore, but a genre-bending mix of psychedelic rock, pop, R&B, 70’s, and chillwave. These sounds eventually manifested into the formation of Pink Skies in 2016. Heavily inspired by the outdoors, especially backpacking and surfing, Berl describes Pink Skies as Escapism Pop, noting his creations are “Pop songs shot through a laser and sent to the moon.” Though he had no intention of releasing his dusty, personal home recordings, the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer decided to finish and release the project after a creative retreat in the Berkeley Hills.
Pink Skies released his debut EP, “Does It Really Matter?’ on July 13, 2018, including the release of ‘I Don’t Wanna See You Cry’ through French record label Kitsune, followed by ‘Portland' on September 28, 2018. The band’s kaleidoscopic live set has had Pink Skies share the stage with acts such as Day Wave, boy pablo, Viceroy, TV Girl, and more. In 2018 he co-produced 6LACK’s ‘Seasons’ (ft. Khalid), ‘Sorry,’ and ‘Been A While,’ alongside Glass Animals and Fwdslxsh, as well as playing guitar on BOSCO’s 2017 project b.
He is currently working on his debut album, due out 2019.