And Finally

Ariel Pink talks drugs, gay marriage and “immature” new LP

By | Published on Monday 30 July 2012

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

No doubt you’re all fascinated by lo-fi character Ariel Pink, his band Haunted Graffiti, and their forthcoming new LP ‘Mature Themes’; which is why you might want to hear part of Ariel’s commentary on the album, plus his thoughts on society in general. If so, please read on. If not, maybe go and read about Justin Bieber.

Speaking in the new episode of Pitchfork Weekly, the appropriately pink-haired auteur says that ‘Mature Themes’, which is out via 4AD on 21 Aug, is “for mature audiences only, but there’s a lot of immaturity in this record”.

So that’s nice. But hey, what of Ariel’s views on gay marriage? “I’m very old fashioned, very traditional in my values. I don’t understand what all this gay marriage stuff is about, it really pisses me off. I don’t really even support marriage, per se”.

Still being all provocative/insane, he later philosophises: “I’m all for being a deviant, all for being a deviant, and being proud. Don’t pretend like you’re Betty Crocker. I love gays, by the way”.

And then: “I love paedophiles too, and I love necrophiliacs [sic], and all these other people. When do they get their marriage and orientation, when do they get to talk about their sexual repression and how society doesn’t accept them?”

And on drugs: “What if doing drugs killed you, but it saved other people’s lives? That would be a good reason to do them, I’d say, and I definitely believe in taking drugs to alleviate the pain and suffering of this miserable life”.

And last of all: “I’m just starting to get sick of myself talking”.

Us too, Ariel, us too. You can see the entire interview, plus a shopping trip with slender Brooklynites DIIV, here: