INTRODUCING: THE RED PAINTINGS / WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘WASPS’ HERE
Trash McSweeney sees colour in music. Ever since suffering a near-fatal seizure, Trash set out to share with the world a lifetime’s worth of ideas about what he has seen and felt. By taking to his guitar, piano, and notebook, The Red Paintings were born.
The Red Paintings combine performance art and music in a spectacular live show. Each show features unique visual projections along with human body and canvas painters who join them on stage to create artworks that reflect their music and energy.Their sound evokes child-like lullabies of the future, to biting, alternative rock numbers. They are sometimes compared to multi-faceted acts like Radiohead, Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire and their appeal reaches across baroque-pop steam-punks, metal-heads, indie-rock, prog and folk.
The band have played festivals such as Big Day Out, Great Escape and toured internationally with acts including art-rockers Dresden Dolls, neo-punks Mindless Self Indulgence, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and post-rockers Mogwai.
Their album ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ is due for release on 30th September through Graphite Records (LostAlone, Mojo Fury, InMe).
5 years in the making, this epic album was recorded and mixed with the late Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie) in world class studios around the globe. The album includes a 35 piece orchestra, a 22 piece choir, harp players, French horns, theremin and more.
The video for Wasps is a taster of things to come. A dark, edgy and twisted cinematic experience, packed with electronic flourishes, it is just a glimpse of what the album has to offer.
Bryan Carlstrom – Producer, Engineer (Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie):
“In my entire 30 year career I’ve not mixed such a diverse, colourful and emotionally dynamic album such as this, it’s like a 21st century War of the Worlds.”
Trash McSweeney – The Red Paintings:
‘’People create an album around a life, I created a life around an album.’’
“Like a thrilling manic descent on a violent helter-skelter ride it’s grandiose absinthe-soaked delirium never wavers.” 4/5 – Rolling Stone, Australia
“To say that experimental art rock band The Red Paintings have a flair for the dramatic is an understatement. The group, the brainchild of Trash McSweeney, is well known for their raucous, bizarre and engaging live performances so we were definitely looking forward to seeing their latest video for “Wasps.” The result is a dark, cinematic and slightly disturbing clip that is not dissimilar in spirit to work from NIN or 30 Seconds To Mars” – MTV, USA