March 22, 2005
PAINT IT BLACK [I] PARADISE[/I] REVIEW
You’d think that if you were in your mid thirties and had just suffered a stroke you would want to take things easy for a while. Well that wasn’t the case for Paint it Black vocalist Dan Yemin. After under going medical treatment for his stroke a couple years back Yemin formed Paint it Black, a band that is much heavier, darker, and urgent than his former bands Lifetime and Kid Dynamite.
Paint it Black is a straight forward, bare bones hardcore punk band who musically combine the ferocity of Black Flag with the speed of 90s punk rock. Their first album was a non-stop explosion of aggression and fury, but for anyone not well versed in punk’s intricacies, the songs all ended up being a bit indistinguishable. I guess that should be expected from a band that has never written a song over two minutes long.
Luckily on Paradise Paint it Black has thrown in some variation to their pummeling onslaught of sound. The album opens with “Election Day,” a double time punk track full of vocalist Dan Yemin’s typical shouts, but halfway through drops into a strange noise rock breakdown, while songs like “Angel” and “Labor Day” move into more Kid Dynamite like melodic guitar territory, and other songs like “Exit Wounds” make use of the studio by adding flange to a drum fill.
Despite experimentation Paradise is not necessarily more palatable. Paint it Black is still more pissed off than a team of roid raging football players and the album may still illicit “All the songs sound the same,” comments. This may not be the best place to start for someone introducing themselves to the world of hardcore punk, as Paint it Black take the most raw of human emotions and throws them back at the listener without any filters or pretty packaging. At the same time this album shows Paint it Black’s attention to detail. They have mastered tight and concise song writing that is able to convey a complex argument while still giving hardcore kids something to dance to in under two minutes.
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