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Orchestral art rock group The Red Paintings have announced a massive 35-date tour of the UK and Europe, marking their first UK/European shows since supporting the Dresden Dolls on their sold-out theatre tour of 2007.

The innovative Australian band are well-known for their unique and theatrical live show, combining live body painting on stage with visual projections and their emotional, biting alternative rock. Having recently completed an intimate Australian club tour, these shows will feature a brand new stage show focusing on the band’s passion for the natural environment and animal conservation.

The Red Paintings rose to prominence when they were hand-picked by Amanda Palmer to support the Dresden Dolls on their sold out 2007 world tour. They have toured the US regularly over the past few years and have supported Mogwai, Mindless Self Indulgence, Atari Teenage Riot, Saul Williams and Alien Ant Farm, as well as performing at Great Escape, Big Day Out and Livid Festivals.

The Red Paintings will be showcasing songs from their album The Revolution Is Never Coming.

wp-Trash_Ynoot-copyTrash, tell me how the band has evolved over the last few years? 

We just came off a run of sold-out theatre shows in the US and UK.

Touring with such a large act like Mindless Self Indulgence in the US means opening up to a whole new fan base which is just amazing. We seem to be able to fit into so many different genres that it keeps us active inside many different scenes and circles of music and so many wonderful people.

How has the time in LA impacted on what you now present on stage?

I’ve learned so much from my journey creating this album the past

five years. We have also been touring the globe constantly so that of course helps in fine tuning one’s art. As for how it has impacted us – come see us live to find out!

How hard is it to find like-minded musicians? Is it imperative that TRP members have a sense of the avante guard? 

It has its moments, but I’m good at finding the right mix of souls quickly. It is usually important to me that members are vegetarian and open-minded – and then of course that they can play well!

Is it hard to market underground music – do you need to work more creatively all around? What freedoms does this give you?

Yes and no – if you are serious about your art and your art has substance and something to say, then buckle up for a long ride with little funds and constant problems. On the other hand, also be prepared to have the experiences of your life and see the world like no one else would be able to. I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I get to do what I want with The Red Paintings, but again, that takes a lot of hard work, commitment and relentless times.

What are the ambitious ideas or projects that TRP is working on at the 


Touring-wise we have scheduled tours across the globe until 2016. I’m about to shoot the fifth music video for this album which I daresay is one hell of an epic short film/music video and probably the most epic idea I’ve had yet. There is also our worldwide balloon launch into space to celebrate the album release. All the info is on our balloon launch Facebook page with updates on the test flights at more (www.facebook.com/theredpaintingsspaceballoonalbumlaunch). This being the 21st century I think you have to dig deep to get through to people, so we have a lot else going on too!

wp-The-Red-Painting_TrashWhy the human canvas on stage? Can you tell us about this? Do you get a lot of submissions?

To create a more personal art experience. We get new submissions all the time, through our artist and canvas page (www.facebook.com/TRPartistpage). I also reach out to artists myself who I personally admire. As for bodies, you’d be surprised how many people love to get their gear off and be painted live in front of an audience – it certainly makes our shows that much more random and exciting.

Tell me a little about The Revolution is Never Coming… is that an ironic title or have you been waiting too? 

I believe in revolutions and I’m sure there are plenty to come. But I also believe if people continue to think they can just sit back and just expect the world to positively change for them, then they may be in for a shock. Realise you have choices in life and create your own revolution.

What is something you want TRP never to do?

Eat animals.

What about your live show, you are kicking off at the Northern – what should we expect for the first show on the tour?

Everything! You will just have to come witness it and paint it to find out. We are still on the look out for artists and human canvasses to join our show, so if anyone reading this is keen, email us at [email protected]

The Red Paintings at the Hotel Great Northern on Saturday.




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