Q: Where did the name The Pinkerettes come from?
A: Tomasz the (father) translated two books by Steven Pinker, so when Filip (the son), a guitar player in the Coroecho band, inspired Tomasz to create music, Tomasz decided to kill two birds with one stone and write texts promoting Pinker's thought - hence The Pinkerettes. Thanks to this, it will be easier for us to answer the classic question "What do you want to convey with your music?" - that which can be found in Pinker's books and partly on our website (in a while).
Q: Do you have Pinker's approval?
Q: Where did the subname Orphaned by Genesis come from?
A: In his youth, Tomasz listened passionately to the Big Four: Genesis, Yes, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. When Richard Branson decided to kill progressive rock and bet on punk and New Wave, Tomasz fell into despair and almost stopped listening to music. The name Orphaned by Genesis arrogantly suggests that with the help of Filip and - above all! - Ignacy, Tomasz managed to make comparable music himself. On the other hand, associations with Genesis (Discounted Blessings and Liberal Anthem), Yes (Liberal Anthem from 3:09) and Pink Floyd (Marginal Music) did appear among the pre-release audience.
Q: Where did the sub-sub-name And Then There Were Two come from?
A: "And Then There Were Three" is the title of Genesis' ninth album after Steve Hacket's departure. We explain the rest elsewhere.
Q: Why are there no drums?
A: Tomasz decided that this way he would manage to fit more harmonic and tonal effects at the expense of rhythm. Filip, and especially Ignacy, an outstanding arranger, producer and keyboard player, were against it.
Q: Why does the brave angel jump off the pillar?
A: We do not accept the nineteenth-century method of interpretation along the line of "what did the poet mean?" - the poet here would be the excellent graphic artist Jagna Firek-Matuszewska, privately Ignacy's wife - but we suspect that the angel jumps down from the Heavens of Reason on the proscenium of mortal life in order to defend us against irrationalism, populism, demagogy, authoritarianism and the destruction of our civilization, and maybe even against a certain party (this a Polish in-joke).
Q: What is the the strange lettering of the band name?
A: This font designed by Jagna, which we called Pinkeryca (Pinkerric, in analogy to Cyrillic), refers to the name of the band Genesis on the covers of "Nursery Cryme" and "Foxtrot". The associations with Monty Python, which occured to the pre-release audience, are absolutely justified, because the designs of those covers were kept in a surreal spirit.
Q: What's with the notes on the back cover that have little brains instead of heads?
A: These are brainy notes. In our opinion, there is a brain in every note head and we only brought it to the fore to show that music can contain meanings of truly Pinkerian portent.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Q: What's next?
A: We will publish two or three more songs on the website, and when the music videos made by Jagna come up, we will gradually transfer the music to YouTube. On September 12, we will release a physical CD with all nine songs on Allegro and Bandcamp. We will also be sharing content related to Professor Pinker on the website.
Q: What does the title Discounted Blessings mean?
A: Blessings underestimated or bought at a discount (in the context of this song at Walmart).
Q: What has ungratefulness to do with Pinker?
A: Pinker writes that people used to go out on the streets to say thank you to the inventor of the polio vaccine, for example, but since then gratitude has faded away, which, according to Dante, could mean that we will end up in hell.
Q: Then why do the lyrics ask the listener to channel his or her gratitude towards retailers and logisticians?
A: Retail innovators and especially logisticians are largely unsung, although it is to them that we owe a great deal of our gratitude for the fact that we live in a near-paradise of comfort, unprecedented and unimaginable for most people from all times.
Q: Who the hell was Mrs Snowball?
A: She was the person who made the first ever online purchase.
Q: And Adamiecki?
A: He was a Pole who did a lot for the development of logistics. I think that should motivate you to check it online.
Q: Whose is the sparingly toothed mouth illustrating the terrible lament of the damned soul, one of the most poignant moments in the history of music?
A: I don't know how you know about the mouth since the video has not been published yet, but this is classified information anyway.
Q: What were the musical inspirations?
A: First of all, Verdi's Requiem, as well as the intro to "And Justice for All" by Metallica and a motif from Brückner.
Q: Does that mean that you routinely steal other people's music?
A: Prokofiev said that second-rate composers borrow and outstanding ones steal. Tomasz considers himself a second-rate composer at best, so he borrows (after all, he just confessed). But the source is often difficult or impossible to recognise.
Q: At Pinkerettes.pl the lyrics of Discounted Blessings are illustrated by a weird Dante (we guessed that because we are intelligent), and an exotic lady with a teacup. Who is she?
A: The anonymous lady illustrates the fact that thanks to modern merchants and logisticians we can drink any tea (or coffee, or Almdudler, or whatever we like) from any place in the world, that is we get the "harvest of every clime".
Q: Do we really have to pray to Sam Walton and Jeff Bezos to achieve salvation?
A: We would be more willing to pray to Bill Gates and many other benefactors of mankind, but we think that even the merits of people who are not necessarily the heroes in our books should be appreciated (we draw the line at Elon Musk).