History of Painters

History of Painters

 San Luis Obispo, California, USA

History of Painters is a hopeful, melodic band that is comprised of two songwriters who together strive to create genuine, heartfelt Alt./Folk music. Moved by artists such as Sigur Ros, Coldplay and Simon and Garfunkel, History of Painters produces a unique and uplifting outlook on life and love.


Josh Cody and I (Justin Hooper) have been friends for more years than we have been bandmates. We met in Choir at San Luis Obispo High our Senior year, and we bonded over the fact that we were both baritones who couldn't read music. After High School we formed a 5 piece band and started playing primarily in basements and living rooms, and after 2 years and a good number of band names later Josh and I decided to split off and create our own band. We are both self-taught musicians with different writing styles (both lyrically and musically), and for the past few years we have worked on combining our styles to create our own unique sound.

A few years ago we decided to record an album at a friends home studio, and after a couple of years of great studio experience we decided to take our project to a professional studio. Our first full length album, "The World is Greener", came out in Febuary 2011, and we just had our first EP "Only what the Spring Can Bring" released in November of the same year. Although Josh and I are the songwriters, we have an amazing supporting cast of musicians (cello, violins, female vocals, etc) who truly help us achieve our sound, and we couldn't do any of this without them.

We have many musical influences (with Sigur Ros and Simon and Garfunkel at the top of that list), and recently we have been compared to artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Coldplay. One thing that separates us from other bands is that we play live gigs with a red toy piano and a kick drum made out of a Samsonite suitcase.

As far as the band name is concerned, we decided on the the name History of Painters because at one point Josh and I had the wonderful job of being door-to-door paint salesmen. The 5 1/2 month long job built up our immunity toward rejection and hostile dogs, but it also helped Josh and I grow as friends and gave us some good stories. Also, the songs we write are very autobiographical, and every once and a while we like to throw a history song into the mix, hence the full band name History of Painters. Overall, the goal of our music is to uplift, bringing people hope and instilling joy in a genuine way. If people are able to see that when they listen to our songs then we have done our job.


We have a full length record out called "The World Is Greener..." and 5 song EP called "Only What the Spring Can Bring". We have tracks available for listening on Itunes, Youtube,Reverb Nation and Myspace and our song "95 Theses" airs on our local radio station 92.5 The Krush.