Exclusive Full Album Stream: The Red Paintings, "The Revolution Is Never Coming"
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:09:22
It's "try before you buy time," dear readers! The revolution may never be coming, but The Red Paintings are.
ARTISTdirect has teamed up with those incomparable artisans in The Red Paintings to stream their ENTIRE new album The Revolution Is Never Coming. It's our listening party and YOU are invited. Let us check your name off the guest list.
"Some people create an album around a life. I created a life around an album," Trash McSweeney said about this Revolution.
And allow us to provide a little background info before you dive right in.
Known for their vibrant stage shows incorporating live art, human canvases, and theatrics, The Red Paintings are a multi-faceted, genre-spanning act with a lively and visionary approach. They've been compared to the likes of Radiohead, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Arcade Fire, The Red Paintings have shared stages touring with The Dresden Dolls, Mindless Self Indulgence, Saul Williams, The Posies, Mogwai and more.
So yeah, they're pretty fucking cool. That's why we're sharing their album with you! We know good music. Now you get to HEAR good music.
Stream the album on the band's Soundcloud HERE!
1. Vampires Are Chasing Me 3:26
2. Dead Children 5:23
3. Dead Adults 7:24
4. Wasps 4:05
5. The Fall of Rome 9:05
6. Walls 4:20
7. Streets Fell Into My Window 5:41
8. You’re Not One of Them 4:35
9. It Is As It Was 5:12
10. Hong Kong 8:50
11. Deleted Romantic 4:20
12. Rain 4:13
13. The Revolution Is Never... 8:32
The album is out today (October 1) so if you love what you heard, support the band and independent music and pick up a copy. [iTunes link]
See our exclusive Q&A below with frontman Trash McSweeney by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino
The album is downright epic...
It was a pain in the ass to create [Laughs]. I'm glad someone likes it. That means I made it for you!
Did you approach The Revolution Is Never Coming with one vision or vibe in mind?
It's a situation where the album took me where it wanted to go, and it spoke for itself. I just followed it. There was a strategy in place from the start, but the strategy got blown out of the water. It should've taken six months to make the record, but it took five years and ten times the amount of cash it should have. I did have a vision. It's a concept album I've wanted to create ever since I was a kid. It's not even about me thinking in terms of music but thinking about an idea and trying to say something as well as what mediums I'd put into the mixing bowl to say it. It creates that sort of artwork of meaning. For me, this is my Leonardo Da Vinci painting.
Those instrumental brush strokes remain especially vibrant.
If you're feeling that, you're grasping the exact concept and vision of what it was I wanted to create. After nine mixes, my body told me, "You've got it". I felt confident it was what I was trying to say. Production is really important. I wanted to make this record like one of the early Star Wars movies. I made my models. I didn't sleep and eat. I wanted to achieve this crazy vision.
Thematically, what was that?
Ultimately, I wanted people to have a record they could fall into like a journey—a la The Lord of the Rings. Most records nowadays feel like they were created in a weekend. It's such a throwaway world now. People's attention spans have blown away so drastically. Look at the web. You'll write a post. People forget it and move on to the next thing in five minutes. No one stays with something and gets to the bottom of what's being said. Hence the song, "Wasps", it asks, "What am I trying to say?" I wanted to make an album for people who care—the ones who have slowed down and know how to turn their smartphones off. They want to sit back and fall into something beautiful again.
How did that come about?
When I first came out with The Red Paintings, Arcade Fire hadn't come out yet. There weren't any bands really doing string sections in their live show. I wanted to be that band. I was using all of the elements I couldn't see in any other band and I created it. Then Arcade Fire came along, and I was like, "Ah, fuck!" [Laughs] They're so awesome. Funeral was such a great record. I felt defeated so I went in thinking, "I have to outdo Funeral". It's a battle out there. The other day our record label was telling me there are about 100,000 alternative releases coming out every year. You only hear about a small handful of them. What's going to make is stand out? It's the music. Either you grow or fan base or you suck.
What's the story behind the title track?
I think it's a kick in the ass to all things humans have invented from religion to bad food to treating animals disrespectfully right down to the way we treat each other. To me, politics is a complete waste of time in our era. I think we should completely wipe out the idea of politics and prime ministers. That song sums up all of those negatives and tries to create a positive, which is what this record is about. It's about making people realize they have choices. That's why it's called "The Revolution Is Never Coming", because it's a contradiction.
What's "The Fall of Rome" about?
It's about the antichrist and people believing in this figure that's going to come destroy the world and those who believe in Jesus will go to a special place and eat ice cream for the rest of their lives. That song says that idea is a crock of shit. I use the metaphor of "The Fall of Rome" because I believe what the Romans brought was an antichrist sort of message in and of itself. What they sprouted was amazing. The history is just phenomenal.
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's the coolest question anyone has ever asked me. I really love that you asked me that! It's such a fucking cool thing to ask an artist. I'm going to tie the album into E.T., A.I., Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet, and Melancholia for sure. Put those together, and you've got The Red Paintings.
What artists shaped you?
Good question again! When I was a kid, I wasn't listening to music. I was obsessed with art. I have this connection of looking at a painting and studying it as if I was listening to a soundtrack of someone's music. I would say early Smashing Pumpkins. I absolutely loved Siamese Dream. It changed my world. I love Björk, and The Dirty Three.
What track was your fave? Tell us how much you dug this album in the comments!