The Red Paintings - Metal Mouth - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 5/5

Metal Mouth - United Kingdom - September 21, 2013
""It’s amazing how certain instruments intertwine with each other on this record; they know their place and how special their sound is for each tune. Mixed with the vocals of McSweeney, it’s out of this world.

This band could definitely cause some sort of upheaval to the talent we see in the charts and on the music video screens."

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The Red Paintings - God Is In The TV - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album review - Score 4/5

God Is In The TV - United Kingdom - September 13, 2013
"After listening to The Revolution Is Never Coming, that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has featured heavily in recent Red Paintings’ productions comes as no little surprise. One listen and you are drawn into a fantastical world, one full of strange enchanted sounds. The recording is a modern musical fantasy that spreads its colossal wings across an entire experience of desire.

It swells with an amorphous pride, a post-apocalyptic blast of sheer science-fantasy stuffed to its extra-terrestrial gills with energy, innovation and excitement. Listen to The Revolution is Never Coming and feed your head."
4/5 stars

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The Red Paintings - Eyes From The Mosh Pit - the Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 5/5

Eyes From The Mosh Pit - United Kingdom - September 12, 2013
"It is more than just an album it is a living breathing cacophany of sound that takes you on an incredible journey through soft mellow strings and finger picked guitars to then turning the screw and upping the ante by 1,000. Chances are after this album you will probably need a few seconds. And some alcohol like me, to allow your brain to process just what actually happened.

It's bold and subtle, loud but quiet and it’s the most epic sounding piece of melodic noise I have ever heard. You owe it to yourself to listen to this album right now."

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The Red Paintings - Rockadia - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 5/5

Rockadia - United Kingdom - September 08, 2013
"The band who are renowned for their electric stage performances, have struck my musical bone, they’ve made me feel the rhythm. I’ve shocked myself, I’m not usually one for this type of music, but heck, I’m falling straight in head first, loved up. I also have the notion to dance around, for the first time in my often one-dimensional musical world.

The Red Paintings are an ‘art rock’ band that will make you chase down that feeling of self love, that feeling of hope and glory. You will erase the pain that has warped your mind for sometime, they’re the medication, the antidote, the potion that could help you through the barrage of hard times. All hardships will be on hold."

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The Red Paintings - Get Ready To Rock - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 10/10

Get Ready To Rock - United Kingdom - September 07, 2013
"Musically, The Revolution is impossible to pigeonhole – the power and passion of Muse at their best is in evidence, but the The Red Paintings encompass so much more it’s a one-off.  But one that’s an inexorably magnetic vortex.  It may be one man’s madness, or genius – a musical Tim Burton whose visions of geishas, sea creatures, and aliens is impossible to ignore.

He may only have an underground following now, but if you’re up for an ‘out of world’ experience, try The Revolution Is Never Coming.  The Revolution will reach these shores live in November/December (2013).  Be warned – you may never see life, or music, the same way again."

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The Red Paintings - Pittsburgh Music Magazine - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album review - - Score 5/5

Pittsburgh Music Magazine - United States - August 26, 2013
"The Revolution Is Never Coming, is a deep, dynamic force of an album that’s at once familiar and alien..."

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The Red Paintings - Project: Poppycock - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 10/10

Project: Poppycock - United States - August 25, 2013
"The ethereal strings lure you into feelings of moving gracefully across undisturbed dustings of swirling snowflakes. The dilcid, harmonic voices lure you closer like sirens upon the weathered shores of a far off land. UFO’s pulsate light in time with chimes while hanging effortlessly in the sky except for the chugging belches of exhaust, as if placed with great care at dusk to live as silhouettes against the fiery, emblazoned sky. You crest a hill to lay eyes upon a haphazardly constructed house in the distance. A maze of floors, rooms, all shapes of windows conjuring thoughts of Escher and Burton. As you step in slow motion across the snow-kissed plain to the funhouse estate ahead, the ground gives way and you land hard in a chugging funhouse of freaks of singing strained chords, costumed as aliens and sea creatures who laugh through snarls ducking in and out of the shadows cast by a singular light above you. In the shadows you glimpse human canvases being painted ravenously while a full orchestra plays dissonantly over the whole, surreal scene.

This is the first two tracks of The Red Paintings’ new album ‘The Revolution is Never Coming..."

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The Red Paintings - Rockinside - The Revolution Is never Coming Album Review - Score 9/10

Rockinside - Russia - August 11, 2013
The Red Paintings First Russian Review - English Translation:

"It creeps into your ears like warm wax and fills your entire being with emotion. This new and mysterious life exists in every corner of this album, in every second of the long songs and in every chord of the many instrumental interludes. But this "something" that is lurking behind this curtain of poems cannot be called either tender or friendly. The music thunders [roars], screams and writhes, and while the tempos of the songs constantly flare up and subside, they force the wandering path of the ornate melodies into a sudden end. Where will this lead the lost listener? I think certainly not into a fairytale land where we partake in a tea party with the White Rabbit, but more into the grim antithesis: where we hear screams and moans, to that place where there are wars and revolutions, into that nightmare where there are both adults and children who are long dead. But have no fear. You see our congenial guide McSweeney will lead us to this unfortunate end with complete clarity [no brain fog], and using deliberate [arranged] theatricality -- in some places breaking out into a scream or suddenly falling into a whisper and at times simply reciting verse or relinquishing his place to the chorus -- he will tell you about a world which he himself created."

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The Red Paintings - Adam Not Eve - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 10/10

Adam Not Eve - Australia - August 08, 2013
"Classified as orchestral art rock, I am preparing myself for some pretty experimental stuff. The release is certainly not typical. It’s immediately dark, ethereal, and well, weird. Opener “Vampires Are Chasing Me” has an almost other worldly, dreamlike vibe to it, and I’m not surprised to read on wiki that the band are known for their “confronting and intense themed performances” . 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."

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The Red Paintings - mtvU - Wasps Music Video Review

mtvU - United States - July 10, 2013
"To say that experimental art rock band The Red Paintings have a flair for the dramatic is an understatement. The group, the brainchild of Trash McSweeney, is well known for their raucous, bizarre and engaging live performances so we were definitely looking forward to seeing their latest video for “Wasps.” The result is a dark, cinematic and slightly disturbing clip that is not dissimilar in spirit to work from Nine Inch Nails or 30 second to mars."

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The Red Paintings - Space Ship News - Live Review

Perth, The Rosemont - June 28, 2013
"As THE RED PAINTING’S frontman Trash McSweeney screamed, ‘I’m not on drugs, I swear! I’m just fucked up…,’ topless girls with only body paint to protect their modesty writhed on either side of the stage; a once blank canvas was awash with colour, and local yokels waltzed through the crowd in glowing extra-terrestrial attire. On paper, a spectacle; in person, something akin to a religious experience. With frantic riffing, haunting strings, and a primal energy that can’t be faked, TRP are not just another pretentious art-rock band. McSweeney is the main attraction – he moves like an animal that’s freshly released from years of miserable captivity, with an uncontrived quirkiness that channels Jim Morrison. Put simply, there is no one and nothing else out there like Trash McSweeney and his infinite imagination"

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Reviews hitting this week for our recent AU shows. One from Perth, giving us some super duper love. We hope to see you all again soon.

"As THE RED PAINTING’S frontman Trash McSweeney screamed, ‘I’m not on drugs, I swear! I’m just fucked up…,’ topless girls with only body paint to protect their modesty writhed on either side of the stage; a once blank canvas was awash with colour, and local yokels waltzed through the crowd in glowing extra-terrestrial attire. On paper, a spectacle; in person, something akin to a religious experience. With frantic riffing, haunting strings, and a primal energy that can’t be faked, TRP are not just another pretentious art-rock band. McSweeney is the main attraction – he moves like an animal that’s freshly released from years of miserable captivity, with an uncontrived quirkiness that channels Jim Morrison. Put simply, there is no one and nothing else out there like Trash McSweeney and his infinite imagination"


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The Red Paintings - Time Off Magazine - Live Review

Brisbane Sydney, HIFI Bar - June 26, 2013
"TRP are seriously far too underrated as technically intricate players and as an encompassing live show - What else can one expect in honour of tonight’s headliners at The Hi-Fi than a parade of alt girls and guys in their best leathers-and-pleathers goth-emo garb, or whatever the hell it is these days. In fairness, there’s a good scattering of interested, curious and keen ho-hummers here to see one of the city’s most unsung live acts. That in itself is testament to the curiosity they’ve steadily piqued over the years, and with the merch desk spruiking dolls modelled on their leading man, it’s little wonder why....It’s been a criminally long time since we’ve seen Trash McSweeney and The Red Paintings dust off their costumes, but with their debut album finally on the shelf after five years in the making, all the stops have been pulled out for tonight’s theatrical spectacular. Insiders know a TRP gig is no ordinary night; it’s an event that gets silently drummed up to fever pitch and when it arrives no one is ever quite sure what to expect. A creepy atmospheric storm builds while two body-painted-black figures amble into place, soon followed by the old geisha vs Cossack figures of Trash and his four-piece. The lush violin and cello herald the pending onslaught of latest single You’re Not One Of Them. Despite a crapload of things going on around them – those black-clad figures are now being painted by some LED-lit creatures that have shuffled onstage while the others start tackling those mandatory blank canvases – it’s a precise and faultless performance. Charismatic as ever, McSweeney whips his troops into prog frenzy with Dead Adult and the Alice-themed Streets Fell Into My Window. While they’ve favoured mostly new stuff, a true oldie sneaks in the back door in the midst of the encore. Redneck gets a gracious whoop from those in the know in between the drawn-out The Revolution Is Never Coming. TRP are seriously far too underrated as technically intricate players and as an encompassing live show."

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The Red Paintings - Victim Of Sound - Live Review

Victom Of Sound - Sydney - HIFI Bar - June 25, 2013
"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 and I can't wait to escape with The Red Paintings again, and again, and again..."

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The Red Paintings - Vulture Magazine - Live Review

Vulture Music Magazine, Melbourne - June 23, 2013
".. This is a band that deserves more. More recognition, more fans, more album sales, more airplay.For the amount of imaginative input and obvious creative thoroughness, The Red Paintings are exceptional entertainment.The Red Paintings are multifaceted, ingenious and above all they are a creative force the catchall termed alternative local and overcrowded scene mostly lacks. If you have not heard of The Red Paintings yet, do yourself a favor and intensely Google that shizz. We do not think you’ll be disappointed when you find that the five piece, originally from Geelong, relocated to Brisbane and then dabbled with living in LA, have just returned to the motherland after a massive US tour supporting Mindless Self Indulgence.."

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The Red Paintings - hhhhappy - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 10/10

hhhhappy - Australia - June 05, 2013
"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."

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The Red Paintings - The Music - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 5/5

The Music - Australia - May 30, 2013
"It’s hard to not be sucked in by the melodic, mesmerizing arrangement of each song, with their haunting, evocative lyrics ranging from political to social themes, to personal discovery and development.

The Red Paintings and their debut album The Revolution Is Never Coming is phenomenal. There is no other word to describe the sheer majestic, dynamic, out of this world orchestral sound and nature of this Brisbane quintet."

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The Red Paintings - The Dwarf - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 9/10

The Dwarf - Australia - May 29, 2013
"As with all great concept albums, this one must be listened to from beginning to end (at least to make any sense out of it). Like the opening scene of a movie, ‘Vampires Are Chasing Me’ sets the pace of the album. The orchestral effect-driven track layers melody upon melody to produce a haunting introduction to the piece.

Midway through the release ‘Fall Of Rome’ shines like a beacon and is a masterpiece of song writing. The combination of orchestral dynamics, distorted rock and whaling vocals take the cinematic sound to a whole new level.

Just when you think you’ve made sense of the last 12 songs, the final and title track ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ turns around and stabs you in the face (or ear). It’s hard to explain what is going on with this release and there is so much here that my brain is fried by the end. Remember the feeling you got at the end of watching Donnie Darko?… Well it’s kind of like that, you know you just witnessed something awesome but I could never tell you what it was."

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The Red Paintings - AAA Backstage - The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - Score 10/10

AAA BAckstage - Australia - May 29, 2013
"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', to the crushing metal bawling of second track 'Dead Children', and the fairy-folk flitterings of 'Dead Adult' (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."

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The Red Paintings – The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - score 10/10 stars

Tonedeaf Music - May 24, 2013
The first two album reviews to roll out in the past 48hrs have given ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ 10 out of 10 stars, a perfect score. For an album that most thought was never going to see the light of day it may just have been all worth the hard work and the wait. Here is what TONEDEAF media have to say about the new release.

''There is nothing to fault in this extraordinary and long awaiting long player debut and it will no doubt bring further international acclaim to the Australian band.'' ...
 
''Taking elements from the full rainbow of rock from the 60s to the future and beyond, you’ll find The Beatles sitting alongside Karnivool, and Radiohead in a world where Seattle grunge, punk, neo-classical, prog, and many more genres live harmoniously...’’

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The Red Paintings – The Revolution Is Never Coming Album Review - score 10/10 stars

Zoo Magazine - May 22, 2013
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The Red Paintings - You're Not One Of Them

Beat Magazine - April 20, 2013
Geelong-born, LA-based quintet The Red Paintings have produced a scorching emo monster with You’re Not One Of Them, a string-heavy but racing post-rock extravaganza that will wreck the head of many a hormonal teenager. It is big and beastly and I think kind of brilliant – undoubtedly brilliant if blood-boiling angst is your preferred emotional key.

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The Red Paintings - Streets Fell Into My Window

Rolling Stone Magazine - February 01, 2013
Released as a taster for their forthcoming album, Australian based The Red Paintings have recently toured the UK and EU. ‘Streets Fell Into My Window’ could be described as an epic slice of alternative rock. Sounding like ‘Album Of The Year’ era Faith No More rocking out with Mew this track would feel comfortably at home on many of the mainstream American rock radio stations. The song is well polished and much time has obviously been spent on its mixing and mastering. If the album reaches a similar quality peak it could be a very enjoyable listen.Mark Whiffin
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