Red Paint
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Red Paint

Alameda, California, United States

Alameda, California, United States
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Red Paint offers refreshing takes on classic rock and new expressions of original material. In the classic two guitar, bass, and drums configuration of bands such as the Beatles, Red Paint are truly Purveyors of Acoustic Electric Americana®.

Members

Colin Close – lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Shaun Reed – lead guitar and vocals
Steve Schaefer – electric and acoustic bass and vocals
Tony Herrin – drums and percussion

See detailed bios on each musician below.

Band History

All four members studied at Starland Music School in Alameda, California. At first, Colin and Shaun worked with the same guitar teacher and started playing together. On September 12, 2006, Steve brought his upright bass to Shaun’s house and the three played together for the first time. When pleasant sounds resulted, they started rehearsing together weekly. Tony arrived by year’s end and the band was complete. Tony’s rehearsal space has been a huge boon, as the band can make as much noise as they want without disturbing anyone.

Of course, much thought went into a band name. The original moniker, Tin Whiskers, was cleverly high tech, but was already taken by a band in the Midwest, so in the Internet Age the four opted for the more down-to-earth Red Paint, which reflects their serious, yet informal approach to making music.

The band’s first public appearance, as Tin Whiskers, was at an Independence Day party on July 4, 2007 in Colin’s back yard, in front of relatives and friends. According to reviewer Michael Greenberg,
“…the band effortlessly charged through a well planned set of classic rock and light country. But this was no ordinary classic rock set…Lead guitarist Shaun Reid's relaxed yet enthusiastic lead playing … lit up the crowd. Colin displayed significant vocal chops, and kept up a playful interaction with the crowd. The bass/drum rhythm section aptly held the back line down….”

The band, as Red Paint, reprised their Independence Day concert in 2008. In December, along with Cathleen Hodgson on keyboards, Red Paint recorded six songs at Ex’pressions Center for New Media in Emeryville, California. Going forward, the group regularly records their rehearsal sessions to work on details, constantly improving their sound.

The band enjoys playing some songs from their influences, such as the Rolling Stones, Little Feat and the Beatles, but a significant group of songs is made up of original material brought to the band by Colin, and one by Steve. The band dynamic is a truly collaborative one in which the song you hear at the gig will sometimes be significantly different from what was first brought to the rehearsal space. You can expect many more original songs in the future.

Red Paint has been playing at local clubs and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Rooster’s Roadhouse, a walk for Muscular Sclerosis, the Access4Bikes Marin Mountain Bike Film Fest, Angela’s Restaurant, and others. They are available for your event, too. See www.myspace.com/musicisred for more details and song samples.

Origins and Influences

Colin grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his mother would loudly play the likes of Parliament, Stevie Wonder and the Brothers Johnson while cleaning the house. Colin, also loving to infiltrate his father’s record collection for hidden gems like Television, Blondie and The Talking Heads, found himself surrounded by one of the best libraries the 70’s had to offer. The 80’s brought him more diversity along with MTV and videos.

In the early 90s Colin sang for his first band, Mr. Picasso Head, and followed the paths set forth by Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The band enjoyed a modicum of success on the local college circuit, but eventually disbanded due to the tragic and slippery conundrum that is “guitar players.”

After the demise of Mr. Picasso Head, Colin kept up his vocal chops by singing in his truck to one Little Feat song after another until he bought his first guitar in 2004 and began writing songs. Shortly thereafter his paths crossed with another would-be band mate and they began working together with the intent to form a band. Thus the humble roots of Red Paint began to find fertile purchase in the soils of potential. The rise from there to here included the path crossing of a bass player, a drummer, a deepening of sound and a conviction to do better every time.

Currently, Colin is sporting a lovely red Alvarez acoustic/electric guitar, accessorized with a brown leather Fender guitar strap, run through a Fender Acoustasonic amplifier via a 16 foot tweed DiMarzio instrument cable. A plain blue electric Fender Stratocaster, that he has coupled with a blue nylon adjustable strap with tiki motif, rounds out his ensemble. He one day aspires to own a pedal with which to stomp.

Shaun grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania listening to his parents play the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan around the house. Shaun mined