The latest album by Mad Painter, “Splashed,” is a true tribute to the melodic rock tradition of the 1970s. With 17 tracks spanning over an hour, the album showcases the band’s versatility and musical prowess. From the lead single, “Illusion,” to the upbeat “Highway Driver” and the emotional number “You Nearly Stole My Heart Away,” “Splashed” offers a rich tapestry of sound and emotions that will keep listeners engaged and entertained.
One of the standout tracks on the album is “Let Him Go,” a blues-infused rock song that highlights the band’s tight musicianship and Alex Gitlin’s songwriting skills. Another gem is “A Friend in France,” a song that blends blues rock with RnB influences and showcases Kenne Highland’s impeccable bass playing. “Rock and Roll Samurai” is another high point, a hard-hitting anthem that features Al Naha’s raging guitar tones and Al Hendry’s thunderous drumming. Our personal favourite has to be “Lie To Me” for its heartbreaking narrative and excellent use of harmonic overtones and chord substitutions. Not to mention the instrument solos that blend with each other to create a mesmerizing outro.
A fresh take on Melodic Rock
Throughout the album, Mad Painter pays homage to the classic rock sounds of bands like Uriah Heep, Mott the Hoople, and the Faces. However, they manage to create a sound that is uniquely their own. The production is clean and polished, yet retains a raw edge that adds to the album’s overall energy. The lush instrumentation under the canopy of 80’s organ sounds creates a soundscape that is off-beat and irresistible.
A special mention has to be made for the sound design of the entire album. It feels like every track has its own place throughout the record’s runtime. What is most impressive is the accurate representation of warm overdriven tape sounds that the mix reminds us of. Each and every instrument has its own place in the stereo field. In addition, the mix compression sounds pristine, with a superb dynamic range. The production is undoubtedly one of the best that indie rock has witnessed in recent times and tallies well with the artistic vision of the band.
A sense of adventure by the Mad Painter!
The new full-length studio effort by Mad Painter, is a perfect fit for any movie or TV series that features a nostalgic, 70s rock vibe. It would be a great addition to the soundtrack of a road movie that follows a group of middle-aged friends on a wild adventure, like “The World’s End” or “Last Flag Flying.” The album’s energy and infectious melodies would also be a great fit for any action-packed scene or montage in a movie or TV series about a rebellious hero who defies authority, like “Sons of Anarchy” or “The Punisher.”
One of the strengths of “Splashed” is the variety of songs on offer. The album never feels repetitive or stagnant, with each track offering something new and exciting. The band’s influences are evident throughout, but they manage to put their own spin on the classic rock sound. Overall, “Splashed” is a fantastic album that showcases Mad Painter’s musical talent and passion for rock and roll. Fans of classic rock and melodic rock will find plenty to love here. With its infectious melodies, articulate narratives, raw energy, and tight musicianship, “Splashed” is an album that will stand the test of time and cement Mad Painter as one of Boston’s best upcoming indie acts.
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