Dais Records is proud to release the first ever official reissues from legendary German darkwave outfit Pink Turns Blue, both If Two Worlds Kiss and Meta are out today! Order them here. The band is also hitting the road in September for a full North American tour, find all info about the re-issues & tour dates below!

Founded in Cologne, Germany in 1985, Pink Turns Blue’s groundbreaking blend of atmospheric dark pop informed by European post-punk contemporaries and the buzzing punk dissonance of Hüsker Dü (the band is named after the Zen Arcade song) immediately tapped into a new canon of sound that was foundational to the emergence of darkwave. Available for the first time on vinyl in 30 years, Dais is excited to announce reissues of the first and second albums: If Two Worlds Kiss and Meta – remastered and cut by Josh Bonati.Despite the commitment to their craft and initial grassroots success, securing label support proved difficult as they refused to sing in German and their sober tone lacked the shimmer of pop and optimism that executives felt formulaic to success. Still, the band persisted with the duo of Elbern and Jogwer sharing vocal duties and song credits, each informing the other’s compositions until Elbern halved the song production and left the band in 1987. Continuing to perform and record as a three piece, the band eventually found roots with FunFactory!, an independent label based in Münster whose manager Axel Seitz shared the band’s appreciation of the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory vision, urging them to forego releasing singles and focus on a full-length.
What followed was 1987’s classic album If Two Worlds Kiss: a seminal offering to the canon of dark wave’s DNA – a liquid lesson in melody, mood, and pacing – each track continuously adding to the journey like a unique push pin on a map of melancholy. Defined by their dynamic song-writing, their debut added a new urgency and depth to guitar-driven gothic rock by allowing fast songs such as the lead single “Walking on Both Sides” to possess the same sullen punch and melancholy as slower anthems like “When the Hammer Comes Down”, which derives its power on the downbeat. More rhythmic variety is added through beat-driven dancefloor tracks with triumphant singalong choruses like “That Was You”, showing they could swing hard – as well as swirl…
A year later in 1988, informed by the band’s oscillating live synergy and bolstered by a boon of new equipment and texture, Pink Turns Blue’s sophomore album Meta was a conceptual leap predicated by the study of sound and exploration of its edges. With the same fervor that Joy Division mined deeper, darker, and less linear on Closer, Meta is a cohesive meditation on atmosphere and how every note and passage can traverse space individually and as part of a larger narrative. Singles “Touch the Skies” and “Your Master Is Calling” are the albums cornerstones; airy, steady, and driving tracks with a depth of melody and orchestration that sparked a shimmering new example of dark pop. The instrumental balance throughout the album creates a strobe light journey later echoed throughout gothic compatriots exploring minor keys and nocturnal themes.
Recorded by Jané Krizaj known for producing most of Laibach’s material, Meta’s sessions took place in a basement studio located below a stadium. Then a part of Yugoslavia, the studio located in Slovenia was affordable but lacked many modern recording amenities so the band’s mission was to smuggle valuable equipment through in exchange for recording time. Riding the excitement, cultural experience, and friendship of Laibach born on the road and further fostered throughout the vibrant Ljubljana music scene and Croatian coast, Meta’s feel is an musical manifestation of the beautiful confusion of exploring new and unfamiliar. 
Pink Turns Blue – If Two Worlds Kiss
Pink Turns Blue – Meta

Tour Dates

09/12 – Chicago, IL – Burlington Bar
09/13 – Oakland, CA – Near Dark Fest
09/14 – San Diego, CA – Space
09/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Part Time Punks –  Echoplex
09/19 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon / Funhouse
09/21 – Vancouver, BC –  Eastside Studios
09/22 – Portland, OR – Star Theatre
09/25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09/27 – San Antonio, TX – San La Muerte Fest –  Amp Room
09/28 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
09/29 – West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
10/01 – Baltimore, MD –  Metro Gallery
10/02 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
10/03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Lodge
10/04 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
10/05 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
10/06 – Richmond, VA – The Camel

Pink Turns Blue
If Two Worlds Kiss
Dais Records
August 9, 2019

1. I Coldly Stare Out
2. After All
3. Walking On Both Sides
4. State Of Mind
5. When It Rains
6. If Two Worlds Kiss
7. That Was You
8. Missing You
9. A Moment Sometimes
10. When The Hammer Comes Down

Limited edition vinyl is repackaged from the original art assets, in a 24 pt reverse board jacket housing a euro inner sleeve with lyrics. Including a bonus track, “A Moment Sometimes”, previously unavailable on the original release and exclusive the the Dais Records reissued vinyl edition.

Pink Turns Blue
Dais Records
August 9, 2019

1. The First
2. The Curse
3. Your Master Is Calling
4. Darkness
5. Cult Of The Beautiful
6. Celebration’s Day
7. Touch The Skies
8. Marcella
9. Faces Of The Gone

 Limited edition vinyl is repackaged from the original art assets, in a
24 pt reverse board jacket housing a euro inner sleeve with lyrics. 


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