Once upon a time in Paint

Scan021 Paint setlist

Once upon a time a long, long time ago – [postscript: from February 15, 2011]

Thought I would add some early notes from a Paint show. Not sure when this was. It was a good time nonetheless with this rendition of the sound.

Paint has gone through lots of revelations since, and is barreling ahead with a slew of shows comprising a month of Tuesdays this month of October 2013 at C’est What. Paint have been their own openers playing at 9:30 p.m. and then mingling with the crowd in an effort to chat and get to know each other early on. Spicing up and adding a laugh to the night has been a line-up of comedians taking a five minute turn on the stage. You never know what the world finds funny or sardonic. Getting to see Jenna Strautman doing double duty last Tuesday and getting double pay performing with her two bands of the moment Rotary Dial and that band Paint in both she plays bass with more prominent vocals and flute and presence in Rotary Dial.

At the moment, Paint are putting up a hell of a fight and making their presence more known to the world – a visual project on the go and new songs on the fly for the next ep.

From their website at http://www.paintband.com

Starting today, Paint has begun an IndieGogo campaign to raise funds for the following endeavours:

* The production and recording of Paint’s next EP (!);

* The production of a black-and-white narrative film to accompany the EP;

* Completion of the Capsulated DVD compilation of all 10 music videos from Where We Are Today plus bonus videos from Can You Hear Me? and special features; and

* Completion of the “Boomerang” music video, which is currently in post-production

Paint are the masters of hope: “Despite the seemingly equal platform of the internet, this is truly the most difficult time in history to be a musician. The market is so oversaturated with bedroom demos and this can discourage, overwhelm, and simply confuse audiences to the point of just tuning out. We’re just grateful that people keep coming back to see our shows. We’re varying our setlists and giving something different each time we walk on stage, as well as respecting our audience and their intelligence more than most “pop” acts do by challenging them with music that has some social and intellectual content, and inviting them be part of the experience of telling the band’s story. I think that’s why we’re going to survive.”

So what else can we say for the here and now: where we are today is help support the hardest working bunch of musictypes in this city and all manner of good things will boomerang back at you.




The Incomplete Enigma

The following is strictly an op-ed piece. There is no correlation to reality or fiction.

This is a story about rock and roll in the making or what we call The Incomplete Enigma.

Based upon a lifetime of experience in candid and casual conversations, it can be observed he is a man dressed in black on stage not because of style but because it helps him to blend into the murky miasma that is the rock and roll stage. The band itself has gone through the transformations that bands inevitable go through, stemming from one’s aspirations or demands or callings in life.

Cultivating the persona means making less of him obvious to the masses. It is the characterizaton on stage that cultivates the band, not the band. It is the observer that defines the idiom, the man in the band only delivers the package in little drips and lets the audience brew the rest. The man on stage is not the illusionist trying to fool the crowd. There is no disguising the myriads of influence of style and styles. Watch that man on the floorboards, watch him jump. It is of the moment. Playing the game, pah! They set their own rules and travel their route they set in their own packed car. Ambition is a pressure filled jam in a jar. Art is in eye of the poseur or the poster.  Whether it is the era of Bauhaus or the animated the poster beckons the observer to see the artist in front of the screen behind the paper and on the stage. The show must go on. The band travels in circles cultivating estimable colleagues and guests who become future cohorts for a night or even more, creating allies.  Delving down dark roads. Prophetically taking a path less chosen.

So why is this called the incomplete enigma. He is completely disingenuous when he says record labels do not matter.  Decrying injustice to others while his own wine cupboard goes barren,. Defying authoritarianism in a world meant to be democratic or compassionate. That thee path of independents and independence. goes out to the smatterings of the pseudo independents is of little significance. Staying true to the path no matter how long and winding. Lyrics drip with irony or self-evidential discovery and a touch of the positive. Effect change, change the world. The persona, with the person is no contrivance, it is the real deal. And that is the why of the Incomplete Enigma.

The show must go on.

Who? Where? C’est What? When? Why?




11 P.M.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

On the night before the stroke of midnight which would mark her birthday, The Anti-Queens launched a total sonic destruction showcase featuring their tunes and their new wares: brand new EP and t-shirts!

Hardened veterans now, all semblance of innocence and naiveté knocked out of them, they got down to the business of being  The Anti-Queens. They still are dedicated to fun on stage with a few goofy moments, but with the clock ticking on their NXNE 2013 platform [albeit small platform at the Bovine Sex Club] the full floor were presented with a hair-whipping, rocking good time, capped at midnight with beer and shots to mark the birthday of Emily.



PAINT @ NXNE 2013, a set on Flickr.

NXNE 2013
10 P.M.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

Another NXNE comes and goes.

Paint comes to the forefront at Magpie on a Sunday night to close the proceedings for another year.

The show at the Magpie reveals some new stellar changes to the band, including brand new bassist Jenna Strautman [from Dreadful Starlings] at her first NXNE. Talking about burying the lead. It was hot and sticky and rock and roll in the steambath that was the Magpie, [which was a bit of a shock given the coolness of the night air outside]. Certain old songs from the Paint repertoire emerged again from Can You Hear Me such as its lead track Don’t Blow Me Away, Strangers and the video song Madonna… To begin anew with new mates, sometimes you have to start at the beginning and relearn or learn the songs in the portfolio with a fresh ear. Through the transition that has been Paint it has been a pleasure and puzzle to see and meet the various new members of the band and guests along the way. The lead singer still needs a haircut. Where We Are Today is almost Where We Are yesterday as additional tunes comes in the perpetually changing repertoire. The band that wants to change the world. That is Paint. With a female bass player. There is a rock god out there.