Paint, TMusic Life Magazine Article by Jim Barber, December 19, 2016

Paint on Display

by Joe Mac
January 10, 2017

"Toronto, we are Paint."

The bravado introduction of the band to a cinematic night ahead.

Connoiseurs of Paint will be familiar with their movie 11:11 [released late 2015 with its red carpet premiere at the Royal Cinema in Toronto].

That movie only served to further whet their taste for the big screen. Paint are no stranger to rendering musical visualization, hence the Reservoir Dog narrative "Boomerang" or the Where We Are Today multiple video project.

With the massive scale of U2 Rattle and Hum in mind, Paint took to bring their own concert to life in a club that was as familiar and intimate as home.The backroom of the Cameron was as densely packed as Sun Devil Stadium was for U2 in Rattle and Hum. A white overhand curtain behind the drum kit awaited the projections for the night while the Paint underground sign and the oversized letters that spelled out the name of the band decorated the rest of the stage.

Inveterate veterans of Vancouver and Toronto, Paint have made their mark with a larger than life be your own hero (the main singer did run for Mayor of Toronto after all) mentality that is reflected in the lyrics and live sound that has rumbling undertones of classic Manchester from yesteryear.

(dis)PLAY is an barrage and explosion of kinetic ideals and thoughts, transcending walls and barriers. Visuals from 11:11 behind the live soundtrack performance, newsclips and silent era movie clips counterpoint and superimpose over the loosely tight performance of the band bathed in the blue light.

Lyrics and moral of the story. Bonfire of the Vanities. The overall soundtrack tunes, whether they be autobiographical or apocryphal, memoirs or reflections can be funny, strident or when at their best pop edged. The cinematography pans and sweeps and reveals the cameras front of stage trying to keep up with the moody dynamics of the band [the only flaw in the concert scenes is the one or way too many back of the head shots of the photographer present front row.]

Sing it.

The original text of this article can be found at Midnight Matinee.

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