The last time I saw Brisbane experimental artist Cured Pink live he terrified me. It was at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in 2011, as part of Overground, an attempt to suggest that jazz as a forward thinking innovative genre didn’t die sometime in the late 70’s. Cured Pink performed in a duo with percussionist Will Guthrie and it was alternatively violent, absurd and dangerous. With Guthrie on kit, Pink began by throwing around a steel drum filled with rocks before whacking a microphone against his head really hard and doing a back flip. It was ludicrous and physical, at times almost musical, but then Pink pulled out a heavy iron chain and began hurling it around haphazardly, repeatedly slamming it down inches from a respectful audience seated cross-legged before him. I honestly thought someone was going to die. When Guthrie erupted into a flurry of break beats I was in near ecstasy. It was the perfect mix of ridiculousness and genius.
Cured Pink has since morphed into a 4 piece band, but new vinyl label Another Dark Age have gathered together some of his earlier solo material into the 3 track EP II Put Aside that drops at the end of this month. It runs the gamut from the surprisingly cohesive to chaotic madness, beginning with dark unsettled violent house music, where his raw depravity somehow ends up on the dancefloor, and ends in a terrifying trawl through murky power electrics, musique concrete and what sounds like a pig grunting, from live recordings gathered in Australia and Indonesia.