Orchestral art rockers The Red Paintings are in the midst of an ambitious world tour in support of the release of their debut critically aclaimed album ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’.

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Orchestral art rockers The Red Paintings are in the midst of an ambitious world tour in support of the release of their debut critically aclaimed album ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’.

After suffering a near-fatal seizure, visionary performer Trash McSweeney now sees colour in music and has set out to share with the world the ideas he has seen and felt. By taking to his guitar, piano and notebook, The Red Paintings were officially born upon the dawn of the new millennium...

Based in London and Los Angeles – and having been fortunate enough to already tour much of the globe – The Red Paintings are a five-piece group (guitar, violin, cello, bass and drums) whose sound evokes everything from child-like lullabies of the future, to tearing, biting, alternative-rock numbers. Their appeal reaches baroque-pop steam-punks, metal-heads, indie-rock fanatics, and beyond. They incorporate multimedia performance art wherever possible and seek submissions from local artists who paint the band’s live energy onstage in real time. With costumes, conceptual stage shows, live painting and human canvases their performance combines sound and visuals to create an experience that stimulates the senses and minds of the audience. 

The Red Paintings also maintain a strong social consciousness, which is demonstrated in the messages throughout their music and stage shows. The band works closely alongside doctors and experts to help their fan base with the ongoing battle with youth suicide and they frequently collaborate with organisations within the animal rights community to help educate and raise awareness about animal cruelty.

The debut album ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ was 5 years in the making and features a 35-piece orchestra, 22-piece choir, harp players, French horn, Theremin and more across 13 tracks of biting, futuristic alternative rock. Recorded and mixed with the late Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie) in world-class studios around the globe, the band raised donations from fans all over the world to create their vision and have received critical acclaim for their creative vision and ambitious scope.

The band’s heavy touring schedule has been driven by the release of their debut album and latest singles/music videos ‘You’re Not One Of Them’ and ‘Wasps’.  Both singles have charted in UK, Europe, USA and Australia. 

*See below to view recent touring and a key selection of The Red Paintings’ latest press, radio, TV and film festival presence.

(For full past/present worldwide tour dates please visit

-- RECENT TOURING (2013 – 2015) --


• Nov 2015 – ‘Deleted Romantic’ Tour
• Aug/Sept 2014 – Residency in Corsica (FR)
• Feb/Mar 2014 – ‘Ancient Egypt’ Tour

• Oct 2015 – SOEN
• Sept 2015 – Die Krupps
• April 2015 – The Birthday Massacre
• May 2014 – InMe
• Nov/Dec 2013 – Mindless Self Indulgence
• May 2013 – The Pineapple Thief


• May/June 2015 – ‘It Is As It Was’ Tour
• Jan/Feb 2015 – ‘We Are On Our Own’ Tour
• Oct 2013 – ‘Wasps’ Tour
• Feb 2013 – ‘You’re Not One Of Them’ Tour
• April 2012 – ‘Chinese Whispers’ Tour

• Nov/Dec 2014 – The Birthday Massacre, New Years Day
• Dec 2013 – Spacehog
• July 2013 – ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
• April/May 2013 – Mindless Self Indulgence


• Aug 2015 – ‘It Is As It Was’ Tour
• June 2013 – ‘You’re Not One Of Them’ Tour

• Feb/Mar 2015 – MOGWAI
• May 2014 – Gary Numan
• Jan 2013 – 65daysofstatic


• Nov 2015 – ‘It Is As It Was’ Tour

• 2015 – Whitby Goth Weekend (UK)
• 2015 – Adelaide Festival (AUS)
• 2014 – Camden Nightmare Festival (UK)
• 2013 & 2014 – Rebellion (UK)
• 2013 – Y Not (UK)
• 2012 – Big Day Out (AUS)
• 2012 – The Great Escape (AUS)

• Amanda Palmer/The Dresden Dolls (UK, USA, AUS, NZ)
• Atari Teenage Riot (USA)
• The Posies (USA)
• Alien Ant Farm (USA)
• Saul Williams (AUS)
• Mindless Self Indulgence (UK, EU, USA, AUS)

(To view The Red Paintings' full press archive please visit

-- PRESS --

• 4/5 Rolling Stone Album Review (AUS)
• 10/10 & ‘Album of the Week’ Tone Deaf (AUS)
• ‘Album of the Week’ PBS Melbourne (AUS)
• 'Wasps' added to Air New Zealand in-flight radio
• ‘Wasps’ added to American Airlines in-flight radio
• ‘Top 50 Artists to Watch’ Big Cheese Magazine (UK)
• ‘Album of the Year’ Loud Mag (UK)
• Top 25 Albums of the Year’ Echoes and Dust Mag (UK)

 -- RADIO --

• ‘Wasps’ single peak #80 Alternative Chart (USA)
• ‘Wasps’ high rotation KFMA, WIIL, WARQ (USA)
• ‘Wasps’ debut at #26 FMQB Sub-Modern Singles Chart (USA)
• ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ album debut at #8 FMQB Specialty Chart (USA)
• ‘It Is As It Was’ debut at #8 FMQB Specialty Chart (USA)
• 'You're Not One Of Them' debut #40 FMQB Sub-Modern Chart (USA)

UK & EU:
• 'You're Not One Of Them' and ‘Streets Fell Into My Window’ spot play/added on BBC, Kerrang!, XFM and 100+ stations (UK & EU)
• 'You're Not One Of Them' in Top 100 on German college radio for 3 consecutive weeks (EU)

• 'You're Not One Of Them' spot play on Triple J (AUS)
• ‘Top 10 Most Requested’ on national community radio stations for 4 consecutive weeks (AUS)

-- TV --

• 'Wasps' video added to MTVu (USA)
• AXS TV – Live studio performance (USA)
• Journeys in store TV (music video and interview in 800 stores) (USA)
• 'You're Not One Of Them' video added to Channel V (AUS)
• 'You're Not One Of Them' video added to Loud and Kerrang! (UK)

MTVu – “dark, cinematic and slightly disturbing…similar in spirit to NIN or 30 Seconds To Mars.” (‘Wasps’ music video)


‘Wasps’ & ‘Streets Fell Into My Window’:

• Sydney International Fantasy Film Awards – 1st place for Best Short (AUS)
• Australian Movie Mania Awards – 1st place for Best Music Video (AUS)
• QLD Film Awards – 1st place for Best Short & Best Music Video (AUS)
• L.A. Film Festival – nominated and showcased (USA)
• Roswell International Film Festival – showcased (USA)
• West End Film Festival – nominated & showcased (AUS)
• ATOM International Film Festival – nominated & showcased (AUS)
• Isle of White International Film Festival – nominated & showcased (EU)


Bryan Carlstrom - Producer, Engineer (Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie):

“In my entire 30 year career I’ve not mixed such a diverse, colourful and emotionally dynamic album such as this, it’s like a 21st century War of the Worlds.”

Trash McSweeney - The Red Paintings:

“People create an album around a life, I created a life around an album.”


“There is nothing to fault in this extraordinary and long awaited long player and it will no doubt bring further international acclaim to the Australian band. 10/10.”
- Tone Deaf

“Like a thrilling manic descent on a violent helter-skelter ride its grandiose absinthe-soaked delirium never wavers.”
- Rolling Stone 4/5

“It takes a minute or two to compose yourself once this album finishes. You'll be left adrenalised, yet exhausted, but in no way ready to give up. Pretty sure I've just witnessed a great moment in music history.”
- Victim of Sound 5/5

“After five long years of hard work, McSweeney has succeeded in producing a record of epic proportions. Musically and thematically lush, The Revolution is Never Coming is a cohesive work of art. With every new listen, the record pulls you in deeper, working its way under your skin and into your bloodstream. How do they achieve this soul-nourishing reaction? Perhaps it’s the union of musicality and heart – a true labour of love. Oh, and the most impressive part? It’s their debut.”
- Space Ship News 10/10

“…This album is overwhelming and terrifying in all the right ways, it pushes you to the brink of isolation but there is a vague sense that just beyond your line of sight there is a safety net to catch you. There is a physical impact when listening to The Revolution Is Never Coming, something that is a rare occurrence in any music these days, let alone from a debut. The English language is lacking when it comes to describing this album; the best advice is just to sit back, strap yourself in and be prepared for one hell of a musical journey In true Red Paintings style, The Revolution Is Never Coming leaves the listener a bit shell shocked after the first play, and well…the second and third ones as well.” – Hhhhappy Music Blog 5/5

“The range of musical ideas on The Revolution is Never Coming is quite simply, staggering, and will have your head in a spin if you can stand the pace. From the delicate piano and strings of opener 'Vampires Are Chasing Me', to the crushing metal bawling of second track 'Dead Children', and the fairy-folk flitterings of 'Dead Adult's (noticing a pattern here?) the scope is mind boggling. Allow yourself to slide deep into the belly of the beast – it's quite the ride.” – AAA Backstage 10/10

“… The release is certainly not typical. It’s immediately dark, ethereal, and well, weird… I’ve certainly seen bands get up on stage with matching outfits, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone don a geisha outfit or sea creature/alien costumes. Anyone who has the guts to rock that is pretty awesome. I find myself really admiring their complete rejection of normality. There is something to be admired in doing things in your own unique way and The Revolution is Never Coming is certainly an example of that. In a musical world full of copycats, McSweeney and co should be applauded for their left of centre ways.”  – Adam Not Eve 5/5


"The Red Paintings is more than just a live show - it's an entire art exhibition. Seeing The Red Paintings live is an experience like no other. I can't even find the words to describe how I felt after seeing them. I will say this though, it was over all too soon..."
- Victim of Sound

"To describe and understand the experience of The Red Paintings show it’s important to understand the unusual part the whole theatre of the event serves. Rather than the theatre enhancing the listening experience, it’s the listening that enhances the artistic experience."
- This Is Not A Scene

"The Red Paintings are not just another pretentious art-rock band. Put simply, there is no one and nothing else out there like Trash McSweeney and his infinite imagination."
- Space Ship News

"You must, must go into a gig like this with an open mind. The fans (and there were a lot at Brisbane’s Hi Fi), are already in the loop as to what’s the go with The Red Paintings. But if you’re a recent listener such as myself, you’re in for quite a trip. Not only were the band geared up in strange kabuki costumes but they had unusual back-up dancers too. I’m not talking cute girls in glittery frocks. I spied a ninja armed with giant paintbrushes as well as two females. But that shouldn’t be the only thing you take away from this experience. The music is, easily, top notch. Even if you’re not a big fan of the unique mesh of art meets alternative rock, the musicality and intensity these guys bring to their performance is entertaining regardless."
- The AU Review

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