Austin’s off kilter art punk trio release a great new 7”, soon to be followed by their 3rd full length Clean Blood, Regular Acid and an October European tour.
Although unjustly more widely known for being the annual home of SXSW’s junk food sponsored stages, Austin, TX boasts a buzzing local scene of up-and-coming bands making fresh ripples in a mostly stagnant pool of copycats riding the retro wave. Among them are George Dishner, Cory Plump and Chris Stephenson; the two guitars, drums and no bass trio collectively known as Spray Paint.
Spray Paint is kind of like the creepy uncle of Parquet Courts, the one with a D.I.Y. taxidermy fetish, the one who takes long, solitary walks in the middle of the night with no explanation for where he’s been… Both bands have toured with Protomartyr, and all three seem bonded by the same lethargic, diazepam-popping malaise and agitated outlook on life.
If the ‘three B’s’ of Robyn Hitchcock are The Beatles, Beefheart, and Barrett, then Spray Paint’s sound is surely patented on their own ‘three D’s’; deadpan, damaged and dusty. Cussin’ conjures up stark landscapes of scrapyard piles perilously stacked like Jenga towers, or old abandoned warehouses overtaken by termites. Its dark and abrasive atonal clang is like being repeatedly stabbed by dirty shards of broken glass; its insistent, guttural chugging like the rusted out engine of a junk car condemned to be crushed. This probably makes Cussin’ seem pretty unpleasant, but paradoxically I’ve always found the purest beauty to be present in the ugliest of things. I also like swearing, and as foretold by the title, there are plenty of vitriolic four letter exclamations here to appease even the fussiest f-u-c-k fan.
Three Thumbs Up is a bizarre detuned tangle of fermenting rage filled with spooky stop-start metallic guitar spasms, skillfully revealing Spray Paint’s natural instincts for song-building momentum. It also features enough repetition to make The Fall proud, while never becoming sluggish, uninteresting or annoyingly excessive. The third and final tune, Ask My Old Roommate, Man, staggers with a similarly unsettling, wild-eyed paranoia. Spray Paint’s songs may start like an innocuous motor tic that suggests you need to lay off the late night caffeine binges, but soon suck you into a swirling tornado funnel of noise that will take the roof right off your house.
The Cussin’ 7” is full of eerie drones, noxious thumping and nervous head nodders, and if you can stomach one more descriptive metaphor, is as likely a soundtrack to David Lynch dancing with his pants full of angry bees as anything I’ve yet heard. If this seems like your thing, grab a copy of Cussin’ via Upset The Rhythm‘s webstore here, look out for the forthcoming album on Monofonus Press later in the month or catch Spray Paint on tour in the USA and Europe this fall (all dates listed below).
- 9/19 – Austin, Tx @ Hotel Vegas W/ghetto Ghouls, Marriage, Wes Coleman
- 9/20 – Mcallen, Tx @ Cine El Ray
- 9/21 – Houston, Tx @ Walters Downtown W/merchandise, Institute
- 9/22 – Norman, Ok @ The Opolis
- 9/23 – Kansas City, Mo @ Minibar
- 9/24 – Chicago, Il @ Empty Bottle W/running, Deaf Wish
- 9/25 – Detroit, Mi @ Pj’s Lager House W/k9 Sniffies
- 9/26 – Louisville, Ky @ Cropped Out
- 9/27 – Memphis, Tn @ Gonerfest 11
- 10/2 – Leeds @ Wharf Chambers
- 10/3 – Brighton @ The Prince Albert
- 10/4 – Brussels
- 10/5 – Hoorn @ Swaft
- 10/6 – Liege @ La Zone
- 10/8 – Hamburg @ Komit Musik Bar
- 10/10 – Stockholm
- 10/11 – Göteburg
- 10/12 – Berlin @ Bei Ruth
- 10/13 – Leipzig @ Klubraum Plagwitz W/xaxaxa
- 10/14 – Solingen @ Waldmeiset Club
- 10/15 – Tübingen @ Epplehaus
- 10/17 – Vienna @ Venster 99
- 10/19 – Padova
- 10/21 – Turin @ Asilo Occupato
- 10/22 – Rome @ Forte Fanfulla
- 10/23 – Genova @ L’altrove
- 10/24 – Lyon @ Grrrrrrnd Zero
- 10/25 – Bordeaux @ Le Capharnaüm
- 10/26 – Oviedo @ Lata De Zinc
- 10/27 – Madrid
- 10/28 – Barcelona @ Lupita Del Raval
- 10/30 – Paris @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
- 10/31 – London @ Dalston Victoria W/shit & Shine
- 11/1 – Southend-On-Sea, Uk @ The Railway Hotel
- 11/2 – Nottingham @ Jt Soar
- 11/7 – Reykjavik @ Iceland Airway
All words by Carrie Quartly, you can read more of her writing on the site here.