raw synthetic explosion of sound.. feels like a Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd album, with some Fugazi floating about. Just a great experience start to finish, alt-punk-psychedelic mushy madness
Favorite track: Hidden Key.
ŌBLĒK is proud to issue The Sea of Pulp, the debut album from Detroit's PAINT THINNER, a band formed from the wreckage of the city's premier art-damaged heavies (Terrible Twos, Fontana, Frustrations, Human Eye).
Invariably, when a rough-hewn Detroit band gets press, there is an impetus to draw comparisons to their forebears in the MC5 or The Stooges. If that's the case, then PAINT THINNER would owe more to "We Will Fall" or the vamping of "Black To Comm" than they ever would to "Kick Out The Jams" or "Search & Destroy". Their music is what bubbles below the surface of the ordinary tensions we all face; their songs give a kind of context to these tensions, and in doing so they deftly convey emotion without oversimplification, supported by restless imagery and a downright melodic psychedelic dread.
Recorded at Key Club Recording Company with Bill Skibbe (Protomartyr, The Kills, Jack White) and mixed by Daniel Tomczak, The Sea of Pulp is the attestation of a group unafraid to shed (though perhaps not entirely) the comfortable "loud-and-fast" trappings of their prior efforts in order to shape something headier and more dynamic.
RIYL: Wire's 154, Brain Records' catalogue, Sonic Youth, Early Pink Floyd, Mission Of Burma
released February 15, 2019
Jeff Arcel - Bass
Zak Bratto - Drums
Colin Simon - Guitar/Vocals/Keys/Percussion
Paul Derochie - Guitar/Backing Vocals/Keys/Chimes
Engineered by Bill Skibbe at Key Club Recording Company, Benton Harbor, MI
Engineered and Mixed by Daniel Tomczak at Center For Pleasure Mechanics, Detroit, MI
Additional Engineering by Paint Thinner at Rust Belt Studios, Royal Oak, MI
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL