Eclectic socially-conscious folk-funk ensemble from Vancouver, B.C. whose debut album "Urban Folk Tales" trascends musical boudnaries with energy and fervour.


Formed in Vancouver in 2001 by singer-songwriter Fretless, PAINT quickly developed a mature, colourful and eclectic sound, merging Fretless' unique folk-funk blend with the rich classical stylings of cellist Tim Bartsch (Chantal Richard). Add into the mix the luscious harmonies of backup vocalists Karen O'Hearn and Annie Robichaud, the smooth jazz drumming of Alex McKechnie, a three-piece horn section, quirky percussion and layers of acoustic and electric guitars (with the addition of guitarist Henry Hsu), basses, pianos and strings, and you find yourself with one of the most innovative and exciting Canadian acts in recent memory, challenging the conventions of modern music by throwing of all of the paint at the canvas.

Meticulously recorded at Vogville Studios over a ten-month period (during which time the band took a self-imposed hiatus from its intimate and energetic live shows), PAINT's emotionally-charged debut L.P. "Urban Folk Tales" culminates musical and social diversity with community activism, carefully fusing elements of folk, funk, rock, hip-hop, reggae, ska and pop with passionate and insightful lyrical narratives around themes of prison abolition, women's and queer rights, race relations, religious persecution and historical treatises on world events. Written like a novel, "Urban Folk Tales" is a finely-crafted record that reads best from end to end, passing through the Motown-fueled grooves of White Sheep", the picturesque soundscapes of The Open Road", the exciting genre-blender "Girlie Boy", the gritty and beautiful "Madonna" and the gorgeous social commentary of "Rivers" en route an inspiring and enlightening musical journey.

Produced with a fervent live energy by Peacemaker Records co-founder and veteran reggae artist Shuggy Milligan (Love 'n' Life, Things 'n' Times, featuring Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare), and mixed to orchestral bliss by Caleb Stull, (Parlour Steps, Hinterland), "Urban Folk Tales" presents a lush image of the next wave of socially-conscious music; transcending boundaries with accessible artistic communication.

Independently released, "Urban Folk Tales" has elevated PAINT to top ten chart status on college radio across Canada and the United States, as well as critical acclaim in print media on online magazines. PAINT has shared the stage with the likes of the Electric Blues Euphoria, Parlour Steps, the Liquor Pigs and Tamara Nile. Busy composing songs for their next record, PAINT plans to support "Urban Folk Tales" with live performances and international touring.


"Urban Folk Tales" (Independent, May 2004)

Set List

Paint can play both acoustically and full-on rock, and for any desired length of time. 30-45 minute sets are typical. The band does not play any covers.