Innovative and intelligent neo indie quartet WASTE OF PAINT have confirmed the video for their heartbreakingly honest BAUDELAIRE WALTZ will be released on 29 November. With unflinching lyrics, nourished by colours which dance in the spaces between the hooks and the highs.
“We are not our thoughts, we are the grand observers of our thoughts,” explain Waste of Paint. “Our songs are narratives based on what we are feeling at the time. Sometimes it’s near suicidal despair; other times it’s anger at what is happening to the world. But every song – every line – means something, more often than not it has multiple meanings depending on which way you interpret the lyrics but that’s what we like.”
Indeed, the band is named after a lyric from one of the masters of this craft Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and, from its inception, has always been an arts project: “We just paint with sounds”. Formed in Hull, Waste of Paint is an ever-evolving door of creatives based around the duo of ADAM BRODIE and DAN SPOONER. Typically, Brodie is the wordsmith and Spooner the producer, although they co-write and produce everything together.
The duo is known to perform acoustically on occasion although it’s as a full band that the songs are written and recorded. Drummer JAMIE DEAN is a founder member and has an impeccable ability to mix power and technical brilliance to make truly wonderful canvasses that allow the rest of the band to shine. Bassist and multi-instrumentalist PAUL SARGESON completes the line-up and brings a warm groove to everything they do and, on occasion, adds a further vocal harmony to elevate the songs higher.
It’s difficult to put Waste of Paint into a box or give them a label. Equally, it’s hard to mistake them for anyone else. But, above all, they are impossible to ignore. These are complex songs to be gorged upon; designed and performed to tease a reaction from the listener.
Speaking about the forthcoming video, Adam Brodie – with typically stark and brutal honesty – explained: “I had to let go and ‘break down’ in front of camera … I had to bear my soul, I had to cry. And I did, a lot. It was the only way I could do justice to the words that had poured out of me when writing the song. I had to tell my truth”.