Pioneering darkwave / post-punk outfit, Pink Turns Blue, are bringing their Tainted 2022 tour to Toronto on October 4, 2022 at The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), in support of their most recent Tainted and Tainted Tour 2022 4-song EP.

The band formed in 1985 in the first generation of Gothic rock, naming themselves after a Hüsker Dü song, Pink Turns to Blue. Emerging from the fear and uncertainty of a divided Cold War Germany, they’ve released a dozen full-length LPs since their debut If Two Worlds Kiss. The band consists of Mic Jogwer (vocals, guitar), Paul Richter (drums) and Luca Sammuri (bass).

The songs on the Tainted LP relate to this world in its current disarray and the seemingly powerlessness of today’s youth to take over the world and change it for the better. The album is also a call to never give up, to never lose faith or the understanding that making this world just a bit better every day is what makes our lives worth living.

“Since Covid, playing live has been either impossible or very difficult. Until lately, German musicians were not allowed to travel to the USA and Canada at all and many shows were either postponed indefinitely or cancelled due to legal or travel restrictions or bankruptcy for promoters. Other shows, including festivals, happened under very limited or difficult circumstances. Often, people bought tickets but didn’t dare show up because they feared for their health,” explains frontman Mic Jogwer.

Continuing, he states, “Since February 24 (actually my birthday), when Russia invaded Ukraine, things became even worse. Instead of slowly getting back to normal and trying to get our humanity’s shit together and to alleviate climate change and the consequential effects, now we have to cope with war and an energy, food and financial crisis (again) with the risk of losing the battle for equality, climate change, peace… you name it. So now the world is not only TAINTED but is in DISARRAY.”

With potent singles such as ‘Not Even Trying’, ‘You Still Mean Too Much To Me’, ‘There Must Be So Much More’ and ‘So Why Not Save The World’ addressing such dark themes as climate change and its effects and reaction to it, the split within society, isolation, health risks, and financial uncertainty. The TAINTED 2022 tour will bring this music closer to home for music lovers from one coast to another.

Tainted is released via Orden Records, and is available via digital platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify, as well as on physical CD and limited-edition vinyl via the band’s website.

Pink Turns Blue with Theo Vandenhoff

Oct 4, 2022 – The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. West, Toronto

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