Thursday, February 7, 2019

Painthing Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sure! The band formed around 2014. We are a bunch of friends living in Warsaw. In the past we played in various bands and shared few gigs bills together but didn’t had the chance to play together
in one band. As our previous bands disbanded some time ago, the right opportunity has come to try
to make music together and time has shown that it was a great idea. We had a lot of fun making the

2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
On our debut album “Where Are You Now…?” you can expect old school doom metal played in the vein of English pioneers of the kind such as Anathema or My Dying Bride. All of us are doom enthusiasts so it was an obvious choice of style of our music on that record.

3.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2018 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
We have struggled with lineup changes during the first years and took our time to write the record the best way we could. As we weren’t rushed by any deadlines and wanted to have the best lineup it took us some time to achieve that goal.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the album?
First of all, the lyrics is relevant and inevitable part of the album. Music and lyrical parts combined together make this work completed. Regarding the topics – if I would say that they treat about life, death, fear, joy etc… I would say nothing. It doesn’t mean that they are so generic and vague that it’s impossible to identify the point, as it frequently happens in so called “doom metal poetry”. They are quite simple, but you may be touched by them in your very personal way, as they refer directly to emotions. This is why I strongly encourage you to read them by yourself and have your own interpretation

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Painthing'?
We use the music as painters use the paint to create their vision out of emotions. As the result you get the piece of art, filled with colors, structures, shapes…The complete composition takes you into your personal journey through your sensibility, feelings and reflections. Our music is our painting and because there’s lot of pain and sadness within, this word play – pain(ful)thing / painting brought us to PAINTHING.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The artwork was created by Michał “Xaay” Loranc. Michał is a great artist. And very experienced. Luckily, Darek and Michał have been friends since secondary school and it came naturally that we have chosen Michał to take care of cover and layout. The conception of cover was ours and Michał and Darek have been working on it to achieve the final result.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have played 6 shows so far mainly in Warsaw and it’s region. Our first show had a lot of energy and unknown vibe. It was quite a unique performance for us. To play those songs live for the first time and see the feedback of the audience. We played also a gig in Minsk Mazowiecki near Warsaw in a small venue which was really cool, the crowd responded really well that evening. As for our stage performance we are playing at our best, have fun and give the energy to the crowd to make the evening as unique as possible.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2019?
We are scheduling few dates but nothing is confirmed yet. Definitely we will hit the stage.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric doom and death metal?
The reaction so far has been really great. We are receiving a lot of positive messages and the press is good. So far the record is received really well which makes us more happy.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Currently only our bass player is involved in the band Thesis which plays more rock/post rock oriented music.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will still play doom, it’s in our veins. We are trying few ideas now and it sounds really doomish. No doubts on that. We will play more gigs for sure and try to bring Painthing on stages outside Warsaw.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and
also what are you listening to nowadays?
Tough question. We are listening to a lot of different music so in some way, voluntarily or not, our music must be influenced by what we are listening to. We really enjoy music so we are listening to all kinds of good music, from grindcore to progressive rock, pop or classical. It would be difficult to pick just few names.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Every day brings something interesting and inspiring. It makes the life a constant adventure.There are too many things to name them all.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for this interview and for giving a chance to bring Painthing to your readers.
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