[Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk]
Austin treble-punks Spray Paint wrangle more of a racket out of two guitars and a drum kit than most bands do with twice the instruments. Their minimalist onslaught is one of restraint, confining their infectious riffing to two or three minutes at a go (save for the eight-plus-minute “Cory’s Theme” that I’ll venture to guess has yet to be performed live). They’ve got three albums under their belt—two for Sacramento’s S-S Records (one self-titled, the other Rodeo Songs) and their latest, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, on Austin’s Monofonus Press. Spray Paint must write ’em even faster than they play ’em because a fourth, titled Punters on a Barge, is due out June 1 on Homeless.
Spray Paint showed up looking slightly road-weary at Union Pool last week, supporting Pampers along with Monofunus label-mates Beech Creeps. Nonetheless they delivered an energetic set, playing tracks drawn from across their recorded output. Picking favorites is a losing proposition here, so excuse the list of songs that follows. “Spock Fingers,” “Pink Pus,” and “Squaw” all hail from their earliest 7″s on S-S, which are way OOP so you’ll have to monitor Discogs closely if you want to grip one of those. Off the S-S LPs, they play “Canadian Trash,” “Bring Dumpster Back,” “George’s Theme,” and “Ultimate Umpire.” From Clean Blood, Regular Acid it’s “Rest Versus Rust” and then they follow with a couple off the forthcoming Punters on a Barge, “Ian’s Theme” and an ode to baseball’s unsung middle relief pitchers, aptly titled “Middle Relief.”
I recorded this set in the same manner as the Beech Creeps set from the same night. The full assault of Spray Paint’s set is captured here. Enjoy!
Spray Paint will be touring Japan and Australia in May and June. Check their website for details.
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Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Soundboard (engineer: Leah) + AKG C480B/CK61 (FOB, LOC, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, Tape Exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)
01. Bring Dumpster Back
02. Ultimate Umpire
03. Spock Fingers
05. Pink Pus
06. George’s Theme
07. Rest Versus Rust
08. Ian’s Theme
09. Middle Relief
10. Canadian Trash
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