Paint The Dark @ Camden Barfly
On Wednesday the 17th of April I went to go and check out up and coming band Paint the Dark. It was their second live performance and they packed 6 songs into a half hour set. The boys have only been together since late last year but have already recorded loads of material.
They have a great sound, and definitely got me in the mood for lazy summer afternoons. In my eyes their sound is bit like if the Beach boys met MGMT mixed in with a bit of London moodiness. Front man Ben has been involved in music for years, which is apparent through his natural on stage charisma. During the Performance Ben added to the catchy riffs even more through getting on the piano and singing his heart out, injecting a level of emotion into the music. I was totally engaged.
Overall Paint the Dark captivated their audience on Wednesday and are, definitely ones to watch!
After the show I managed to grab Ben for a few questions, here’s what he had to say:
So firstly what are the full names of all you guys and who plays what?
Ben Burrows: vocals, Rich Cooper: drums, Neil Tollitt: bass, synthesizers and vocals. Our good friend Adam Coney plays guitar at live shows.
I hear you have recorded an album already, will you be releasing tracks from the album on the website or have you got a soundcloud page as well?
We can’t wait for people to hear more. It’s quite a different sound. We have recorded an albums worth of material over the last 9 months and we’re writing and adding new songs all the time. We’ll be releasing Lariat as a single very soon and we’ll be putting much more out on soundcloud and elsewhere afterwards.
How would you describe your sound? and what could you compare it to if you had to?
I’ve found it difficult to describe. There’s elements to it that seem familiar but it’s tough to work out why. It’s driven by melody and drums. In terms of comparisons - we all see it differently. I’ve heard some people say XTC and others The Strokes on a dark day. It’s a question I need to figure out a straight forward answer to. I’ll keep trying….
Am I correct in saying that you have been together since late last year?
Nearly yeah, we were just writing and recording privately in our own secret bubble. It was a good place to be. Now we’ve found our direction I can’t wait for people to have a listen to the result so far.
and any big gigs planned for the summer?
Definitely. There’s more new songs to record in the studio. We are also talking to lots of people about playing some very exciting shows and festivals. The live show is already becoming a really important part of what we do.
Be sure to check out their website for more releases and upcoming shows.