Painted Wives: With raw and serious tone

Painted Wives – New Medusa

Painted Wives are not modest and they describe themselves as “a doom diamond in the southern California rough”! Self-conscience are seldom wrong if the musical skills are big enough for a band. Painted Wives are more than skilled enough. Southern California’s Painted Wives attempt to inhabit the space between acts like High On Fire, Queens Of The Stone age, Gojira, and Alice In Chains. Painted Wives approach the sonic and literary mediums with a raw and serious tone, reaching out to tell the story of another place. Technical and melodic compositions are translated with brute force and brought to the live experience with purpose.

Los Angeles-based worshippers Painted Wives reemerge with their new album Truth & Consequences, the first track from their long-awaited sophomore LP New Medusa on Century Media Records. The product of a long and intense writing and recording span, New Medusa found the quartet working with Cave In/Mutoid Man frontman and guru Stephen Brodsky and producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Clutch) to take the next step in a sound that the OC Weekly praised, «Their doom riffs and vocals with a tint of stadium sounding ambience which is sure to win them a great deal of fans, whether they are metalheads or not». The track Truth & Consequences

New Medusa continues the inscrutable path Painted Wives began on their 2017 Century Media debut, Obsessed With The End, a remixed version of the band’s self-recorded and issued debut of the year before. Songs like the opener Cellular Eclipse straddle elements of rock, modern progressive rock, and doom metal topped with frontman Justin Suitor’s distinct and plaintive vocals. The band praises Brodsky in helping them nail their sound. «I was a fan of Steve Brodsky’s to begin with – all the way back to Cave In’s Until Your Heart Stops», says Suitor. «He helped us really hone our sound and get to the essence of what Painted Wives is all about.

Painted Wives, rounded out by drummer Derek Eglit, guitarist Jeff Lyman, bassist Justin Morales, and lyricist Ryan Williams spent a year conjuring New Medusa, which was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour). Along the way, songs were honed and twisted into a sound that invites comparisons to Alice In Chains, Mastodon and Black Sabbath, but emerges out of the riffy muck as something uniquely their own. «This feels like as much of a new start for us as a continuation of Obsessed With The End», says Suitor. «In the past, we labored over every part, every lyric and probably over-thought things. Once we hit our stride, it started taking on a life of its own».

Painted Wives ossified from the remains of Railroad To Alaska, a cult Orange County ensemble that straddled the extremes of heaviness and eclecticism. A musical downshift to heavier turf found Suitor & Co. rechristening the band Painted Wives and gigging around the OC.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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