Fool on Fire
Press Contact: Graham Bell
Booking Agent: Japeth Mennes
November 15th, The Footlight, Brooklyn, NY
September 29th, 2018 The Footlight, Brooklyn, NY
July 3rd, 2018 Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY
June 15th, 2018 The Gutter, Brooklyn, NY
April 16th, 2018 Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY
March 5th, 2018 Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY
Jan 26th, 2018 Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY
Dec 22, 2017 The Gutter, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 5th, 2017 The Footlight, Brooklyn, NY
June 23rd, 2017 The Gateway, Brooklyn, NY
June 14th, 2017 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Originally formed by a group of visual artists, Dead Painters has evolved into a cohesive unit that draws upon both the mundane and miraculous of the everyday. Made up of Oliver Beardsley (percussion), TC Brownell (bass, vocals, keys), Marlene Bowles (guitar), and Japeth Mennes (vocals, guitar, bass), the band treads the line between moody melancholy and triumphant bouts of self-reflection. Together, they write songs about people like them who are trying to make sense of an increasingly fickle world. Mennes notes, “I think we all share an interest in writing songs that combine aspects of portraiture (of people we may or may not know personally) along with a dose of autobiography.” By leaving room for interpretation, Dead Painters more directly connects to their audience.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, the band’s members take full advantage of that thriving scene, contributing to various other projects and supporting fellow musicians like Wild Pink, Yazan, Plates of Cake, and Nathan Xander. Having played at venues like Baby’s All Right, Alphaville, and the now-defunct Silent Barn, Dead Painters is a consistent musical presence, and actively works to seek out like-minded artists. Their ability to vacillate between quietly introspective subtleties and bursts of energetic commotion helps to define a multilayered sound that is equal parts guitar-driven pop and thoughtful experimentalism.
Single: Fool on Fire
‘Fool on Fire’ is the first single from Dead Painters’ forthcoming sophomore record, ‘Endless Idle’. Based loosely around the Hal Hartley film “Henry Fool,” the song wakes like an early New York morning and quickly builds to a swell of nostalgic keys helped along with Mennes’ beseeching baritone. Building on events as oddly interconnected as navigating the streets of Queens and seeing ‘Henry Fool’ star Parker Posey on a bus, ‘Fool on Fire’ sets the tone for the album by crafting a lyrical and sonic narrative that builds on the band’s previous offerings. Recorded with Jason Meagher at Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York, this is Dead Painters’ first release on Rue Defense.
Single: Endless Idle
‘Endless Idle’ is the title-track and second single from Dead Painters’ sophomore full length. Inhabiting a moody space that is echoed throughout the album, the lyrics evoke wistful airs of days past and detail the search for inspiration in the midst of a bleak and unsavory moment in history. At the same time, the band harnesses a mid-tempo groove that pushes through the fog of uncertainty to create a yearning presence that strives to make light of the dark. Mennes remarks, “I think the song’s lyrics are about someone who I met as an adult and wishing I knew them when they were younger. It’s that desire to have more time and to understand them better.” Recorded with Jason Meagher at Black Dirt studios, Endless Idle and the record with which it shares its name depart from the band’s previous offerings to establish a delicate structure upon which this more mature work rests.