The Revolution Is Never Coming
Artist: The Red Paintings
Produced by: The End Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Some time ago, I was offered the opportunity to review the debut album of The Red Paintings, an orchestral art band featuring members from Australia, London and the United States. But somehow, I never seemed to get to The Revolution is Never Coming. And then I noticed it was still sitting in my cue. I decided to check it out.
The Red Paintings is a five piece band fronted by singer, songwriter and artist Trash McSweeney. An artist by trade, McSweeney wasn't getting anywhere with traditional painting and dreamed up a concept in which visual art could be conjoined with music to create a new art experience. That's how the band was born. Their sound is hard rock/metal, but features more than just drums, guitars and bass - violins, cellos, horns and more appear on their music. Concerts incorporate visual and musical art through costumes, live paintings and more.
The Revolution Is Never Coming was a five year project in which the band incorporated a thirty-five piece orchestra, a twenty-two member choir, harp players, French horns and more. Many of the tracks begin with a verbal intro, often times a reading from a book or from a movie. For example, the hard-rocking Wasps, a song about an alien invasion, begins with an excerpt from M. Night Shyamalan's Signs. My favorite use of this concept is in Streets Fell Into My Window in which we hear an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland and are meant to understand that this song is a twisted adaptation of the story.
Each and every track on this album is hard hitting and surprising in length. Most albums feature tracks that last about two or three minutes, but nothing on The Revolution Is Never Coming is shorter than four minutes, its longest, Fall of Rome, lasting a full eight minutes. The guitars and drums on that particular tracks are as hard hitting as you have ever heard performed by bands like Metallica or Nine Inch Nails and actually ends with a children's choir, quite an eerie touch.
There is nothing light about The Revolution Is Never Coming - there is no love story or soft about the track on this album. Everything is hard hitting rock with an amazing use of violins and orchestral accents. Though there are a couple of mixing issues on this album, they're easily ignored with the professional sound of the band. I could easily picture any one of these tunes playing on mainstream hard rock/indie stations or as background music to a fight scene in a post-apocalyptic film.
The Red Paintings have presented us with a collection of songs that will energize and amplify that inner voice that just wants to scream at the world sometimes. The Revolution Is Never Coming is an adrenaline pumping album that wows the listener from start to finish. I've listened to this album four times now and can't seem to get enough of it. But be forewarned - listening to this album in your car may affect your need for speed.