a: Winona 7″
b1: Give Yerself Away
b2: Letting Go
71012 is back with this tasty gem from Pink Reason’s second single in 2008. A-side is a song called “Winona”, which is apparently the very first Pink Reason recording, of which The Woodist website has the story behind this song:
“During a show with hardcore punks Hatefuck, DeBroux and company traveled to Winona, Minnesota. After a five-hour drive to the town, wasted locals, angry punks and gnarled three-legged dogs greeted them by leading them into a commandeered park. Inside the park, DeBroux found “the ultimate punk rock experience” with townies huffing rubber glue and mohawk-brandishing kids starting fights with crusties. The show ended and the locals gave the band three dollars for their troubles. A few kids asked DeBroux and company to chip in the three dollars on a keg. Soon, the crowd dispersed and left the band with no money or place to stay. The band wound up sleeping on an island between Minnesota and Wisconsin and breaking up soon thereafter. He wrote the first Pink Reason song, “Winona,” about this experience.”
The b-sides are on a similar vein; “Give Yerself Away”, a dark and dreary number that features a keyboard riff that makes it sound like “I Wanna Be Your Dog” on barbiturates, and “Letting Go”, the final straw that will convince you to plunge and end it all. Damn, this little single is de-pressing as hell, aka business as usual.