The Old Paints rock hard, they jam a little country, they ebb toward the psychedelic sea. It all works, together, as a self-professed pure-pop, rock n’ roll, country-folk-jangle trio from right here in Birmingham, Alabama. Andy Harris, resident twang master on guitar and vocals, also crafts posters and zines for the band and other outlets, such as Birmingham Zine Fest. Drummer Breely Flower’s voice sounds like an angel who just discovered cigarettes, her percussion skills lifting her up and out of innocence. Breely recently won Girls Rock Birmingham‘s songwriting contest, earning studio time at Communicating Vessels and airtime on Birmingham Mountain Radio. Bassist Joel Nelson keeps it calm, cool and collected, playing on and off again with the band but hopefully settling in as a more permanent member.
The Old Paints get their title from what cowboys sometimes named their horse (“Old Paint”) in Country Western songs and movies of days past. Dialing into this persona, The Old Paints take you for a ride, carrying you into lonesome sunsets via gallop-worthy riffs and grooves.
Catch a cool breeze between your fingers and the reigns with the endlessly catchy “What Did Rock & Roll Ever Do For You, Anyway?” (produced by Sidewalk Film Festival’s Sidewalk Scramble) and the harmonious and self-possessed “Anything”. Watch them below, followed by 2015’s highly recommended This Machine. Their newest album, FunnySexyCool is set to release in late 2016.
Before they head out on tour, catch The Old Paints this Saturday, April 16 at Saturn Birmingham with Through the Sparks and Vulture Whale (3 bands, $3!), and a FREE show Thursday, April 21 with SUSTO, also at Saturn.
All the cool cowboys will be there.