The Big Pink

The Big Pink are an English electronic rock band from London, consisting of multi-instrumentalists Robertson "Robbie" Furze,[1] Lady Mary Charteris, Nicole Emery and Bradford Lee Conroy.[2][3][4] Initially a duo, they signed to independent record label 4AD in 2009 and won the NME Philip Hall Radar Award for best new act.[5] To date, they have released five singles, with their debut album A Brief History of Love released in September 2009[6] and its follow-up, Future This released in January 2012.

The Big Pink
Robbie Furze of The Big Pink performing at the Brixton Academy in London, 6 October 2009
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Years active2007–present
MembersRobbie Furze
Nicole Eva Emery
Bradford Lee Conroy
Lady Mary Charteris
Past membersMilo Cordell
Akiko Matsuura


Beginnings and early singles

Robertson "Robbie" Furze and Milo Cordell started working together as The Big Pink in 2008, taking their name from the debut album by The Band.[7] Furze used to play guitar for Alec Empire and run the record label Hate Channel with Cordell. Cordell (son of Denny Cordell and brother of Tarka Cordell) had also been releasing records through his own label Merok Records, which featured early noise rock releases by Klaxons, Titus Andronicus, and Crystal Castles.[8] After joining forces in mid-2007, the band issued their first single "Too Young to Love" on 7" vinyl in October 2008 on the House Anxiety label.[9] The single was limited to 500 copies worldwide,[9] and features a homoerotic photograph by Dennis Cooper as its cover. Similarly, a limited edition 12" single for "Too Young to Love" released only in Japan features more of Cooper's photography as its cover.

The Big Pink signed with British record label 4AD in February 2009.[10] On 25 February 2009, The Big Pink won the prestigious Philip Hall Radar Award for best new act at the NME Shockwave Awards.[5] The duo were presented the award by James Allan and Caroline McKay of Glasvegas, who had won the award in 2008. In April, 4AD issued the duo's first single for the label, "Velvet," which Pitchfork Media described as "undeniably immense, but it's a tribute to the Big Pink's skill and maturity that it still manages to sound intimate", and awarded the track a 7 out of 10 rating.[11] The single was again produced by the band and mixed by Alan Moulder. A 7-minute remix of "Velvet" by Gang Gang Dance followed as an online-streaming single.[12] The Big Pink provided a cover of "Lovesong" for The Cure tribute album Pictures of You: A Tribute to Godlike Geniuses The Cure, which was made available with the 25 February 2009 issue of NME.[13] Following the releases, the duo opened for TV on the Radio in Europe before embarking on their first headlining UK tour.[14] A second single on 4AD, the non-album track "Stop the World", was released as a limited edition 7" single on 29 June 2009.[15] It was co-produced with Paul Epworth.

A Brief History of Love

The Big Pink's debut album A Brief History of Love was released on 14 September 2009,[6][14] the fourth single "Dominos" having been released a week before.[16] The band produced the album themselves at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, and it was mixed by Rich Costey.[17] Cordell told BBC 6 Music that the album encompasses "every different aspect of love... The good, the bad, the boring, the exciting, the dreams, the nightmares, the whole thing."[18] Nationwide tours of Europe, Japan, and the United States occurred August through the end of 2009,[19] with dates in Australia[20] and a second North American tour set for spring 2010.[21] They also supported Muse on their UK arena tour in November,[22] and in turn, provided a remix of Muse's song "Undisclosed Desires," which was made available on the single released on 16 November 2009.[23] On 24 February 2010, "Dominos" won Best Track at the NME Awards.[24] The Big Pink appeared at the 2010 Coachella Festival in April[25][26] and once again opened for Muse at London's Wembley Stadium on 10 September 2010.[27]

Future This

In an interview with NME, Robbie Furze noted a strong hip-hop influence for the recording of the band's second album. However, he later retracted this statement regarding the band's musical direction in a further NME interview in October 2011 in which he wishes he hadn't made such a claim. He also stated that the band has approached Nick Launay and Dave Fridmann as possible producers, and added "I think we've got our heart set on Alan Moulder to mix it."[28] The first single "Stay Gold" came out in October 2011,[29] and was featured in SSX.

The band's second album Future This was released in January 2012.[30] One of the songs "Lose Your Mind" started with a sample of the single "Happy House" by Siouxsie and the Banshees to get a certain vibe.[31][32][33] The second single "Hit the Ground (Superman)" heavily sampled O Superman by Laurie Anderson.[33]

Empire Underground

In February 2013, Furze announced on the band's Facebook page that Cordell moved to New York permanently in order to focus on his label Merok Records and would no longer be an active member of The Big Pink. Despite this, production of a third album continued with various musicians and producers including The-Drum, Supreme Cuts, Van Rivers, John O'Mahoney and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow.[3]

On 26 January 2016 Big Pink released a video for the song "Hightimes" followed by a 4-song EP titled Empire Underground.[34][35]

The band are currently in the studio in Los Angeles, CA working on their third full-length record.


Current members

  • Robertson "Robbie" Furze – vocals, guitar, programming
  • Nicole Emery – bass guitar
  • Bradford Lee Conroy – drums
  • Lady Mary Charteris – vocals, programming

Former members

  • Milo Cordell[3] – programming, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals

Former additional personnel


Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions
2009 A Brief History of Love
  • Released: 14 September 2009
  • Label: 4AD (CAD 2916)
  • Formats: CD, 2LP, 2LP/12", DL
56 70 138
2012 Future This
  • Released: 16 January 2012
  • Label: 4AD (CAD 3201)
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL

Extended plays

  • This Is Our Time (Japan-only CD EP, 24 June 2009) (Beggars Japan WPCB-10115)
    1. "Velvet" – 4:17
    2. "Too Young to Love" – 4:18
    3. "Crystal Visions" – 3:56
    4. "An Introduction to Awareness" – 4:22
    5. "Velvet" (BDG Remix by Gang Gang Dance) – 6:50
    6. "Velvet" (Mount Kimbie Remix) – 3:12
    7. "Too Young to Love" (enhanced video)
    8. "Velvet" (enhanced video)
  • Empire Underground (4 March 2016) (B3SCI Records)[38]
    1. Hightimes
    2. Decoy
    3. Beautiful Criminal
    4. Empire Underground
    5. Hightimes (Elliphant Remix)
    6. Hightimes (Jamie Hince Remix)
    7. Beautiful Criminal (Kauf Remix)
    8. Beautiful Criminal (Aquilo Remix)


Year Title UK IRE
US Alt
2008 "Too Young to Love"[A] A Brief History of Love
2009 "Velvet"[A]
"Stop the World"[B]
"Dominos" 27 10 36
2010 "Velvet" (re-release)
"At War with the Sun" (promo only)
2011 "Stay Gold" Future This
2012 "Hit the Ground (Superman)"
2016 "Hightimes" Empire Underground
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  • A – Originally released as non-album tracks, but were later added to the debut album A Brief History of Love.
  • B – Non-album single; released as a bonus track on the UK digital download edition and the Japanese CD pressing of A Brief History of Love.


  • "Tapes" – !K7

Appearances on compilations


Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "Too Young to Love" Rob Hawkins
2009 "Velvet"
"Stop the World" John Nolan
"Dominos" Tim Saccenti
2010 "Tonight" Rob Hawkins
2011 "Stay Gold" Ollie Murray
"Hit the Ground (Superman)" Tim Brown
2012 "Give It Up"


  • "Dominos" was used for Xbox 360 adverts in September 2009.
  • "Dominos" was sampled in the song "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" by Nicki Minaj.
  • "Dominos" was featured on the TV series "T in the Park" in 2 episodes in 2010: "Highlights," and "Editors/La Roux"
  • "Dominos" was featured on the TV series "90210" in 2011 in the episode "Let The Games Begin."
  • "Dominos" was included in the soundtrack for the 2011 Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis movie "Friends With Benefits."
  • "Velvet" was covered by Swedish artist Lykke Li.
  • "Crystal Visions" was featured in the 2011 film Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried.
  • "Crystal Visions" was featured on the soundtrack for the 2010 film "Kaboom."
  • "Stay Gold" was included on the soundtrack to the 2012 snowboarding video game SSX.
  • "Stay Gold" was included on Skins (UK) Series 6.
  • "Hit the Ground (Superman)" was featured on the TV series "Gossip Girl" in 2012 in the episode "It Girl/Interrupted."
  • "Hit the Ground (Superman)" was included on the soundtrack to the 2012 football video game FIFA Street.
  • "1313" was included in the soundtrack for the 2012 video game Sleeping Dogs.


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