I really was not familiar with this band at all when it come across my desk but I am going through an open minded kind of phase right now so I thought why not give it a listen .The first song is called “ Vampires are Chasing Me “ a slow song with some industrial under pinning’s with some beautiful violin work and spoken word over the melody . I think I am in for a different kind of album . Up next is “ Dead Children “ an interesting song with some very unique drum rhythms and futuristic sound effects . This almost sounds like a modern opera because it seems to tell a story .The use of a chorus and orchestra instruments really takes the listener on unique path . “ Dead Adults “ begin with some beautiful instrumental work and the lyrics are wrapped around the melody like ever so much ivy covering a wall . Up next is “ Wasps” which starts off like a old 1950’s science fiction film .This has classical elements mixed with a rave type beat and melody with just enough angst to pack a punch ! “ The Fall of Rome “ is by far the most radio friendly song . Very much like a traditional rock song , with rises , peaks and valleys . I like this song a lot . “ Walls “ opens with something from a James Cameron type movie . This artist is really not easily defined or labeled . The quality of the work comes through however . “ Streets Fell Into My Window “ starts off as a modern Alice In Wonderland type intro with drum circle type drumming . “ Your Not One of Them “ will remind of an emo type song but that is just a label not a description . One of the heaviest songs on the record I like this number a lot and can see this on my IPOD play list . The next track is “ It Is As It Was “ I like guitar work on this song , a slight jazzy type drum line and the singing choir . The far east inspired “ Hong Kong “ lives up to it name with the into but the verse and chorus takes a different path . I am not a fan of the lyrics however but its art and who is to judge art . The dark and foreboding “ Deleted Romantic “ really comes thru to create a mental image of loneliness . Piano can be a powerful instrument and Red Paintings use it well in “ Rain “ during the opening lines . This band is unique and quite accomplished musicians . Slightly taken aback is “ The Revolution Is never Coming “ with its chilling violin, like a Russian folk tale telling of days gone by and the misery of man . The music is serious and somber . The band is the vision of artist Trash McSweeny ."After suffering a near-fatal seizure, visionary performer Trash McSweeney now sees colour in music and has set out to share with the world the ideas he has seen and felt. By taking to his guitar, piano and notebook, The Red Paintings were officially born upon the dawn of the new millennium..." as stated on the bands official website .http://theredpaintings.com/ I give this album four stars and it will be available from The End Records on Oct 1, 2013 I look forward to seeing this band live and what truly creative artist they are !
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