Painted Palms @ Rickshaw StopJan 20, 2014
The Painted Palm "Forever" album release show in San Francisco, CA was a liquid sound haven.
Show was good.
Just kidding, guys. I wouldn’t hold you out like that. The Painted Palm Release show was a liquid sound haven. If you got a chance to listen to the duo of Chris Prudhomme and Reese Donohue’s latest release Forever on Pitchfork the week before the release you knew a canopy of electronic creations, hints of nostalgia and a dancey back bone was coming your way. It is music to feel good to and you knew that, but what you didn’t expect was the live performance.
In the sold out release show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco was a happy muggy mess of show goers who were stoked to see Painted Palms perform. Opening the set Chris flew solo singing a slow song with watery vocals and droney melodic guitars clearing the pallet of the opening bands and serenading the crowd. A group of girls behind me saying, “this song is for the ladies”. Could be? It was not a song off the album I could recognize, but it did set the mood for the rest of the set, which was a thoughtful way to begin the evening. The band took the stage and opening with Canopy off of their EP from 2011. The journey began. Effortlessly the duo played through the songs on the album keeping the energy of the crowd high and so many people were dancing. It was crowed but it seemed no one cared we were all here to enjoy the music. These boys were bringing people together with the power of music. That’s pretty San Francisco of them. And after experiencing the show I definitely have to say Painted Palms is one of those bands you have to see live. The album is mixed with a pristine ear but the live energy is something to be experienced. Tracks like Spinning Signs sound have hints of The Beatles or Tame Impala, but the sound makes you want to enjoy the night like you are listening to their label mates STRFKR. Or Sleepwalking which reminds me of The Beach Boys but the beats gives a hip hop undertone (I was bobbing like I was listening to Lauren Hill) and the vocals plus the drone of guitars gives a feel of garage rock. To say the least it was a performance with a kick ass mix of nostalgia and remix that Painted Palms really makes their own. By the end of the set the crowd couldn’t help but want more. Playing an encore the band ended the night and it was a bummer they had to end their set.
If you get a chance to see them live I highly recommend attending the show. Also, check out an interview I did earlier this month with the band below!
Interview with Painted Palms