The Joy of Painting
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The Joy of Painting

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Asterisk - 2012 - 7 songs - CD and Digital only
Lighten Up - 2012 - 3 songs - Vinyl and Digital only



The Joy of Painting is a garage-pop quintet from Nashville, Tennessee. Like the television show to which the band owes its namesake, their sound has been described as "accidentally grandiose and bursting with color and energy."

Their debut EP, Asterisk, was recorded live to tape using vintage instruments and microphones. The result was a brisk 23 minutes of infectious melodic hooks, gritty guitars, vibrant vocal harmonies and heavy grooves reminiscent of something Elvis Costello and The Clash might have come up with after watching old Saturday morning cartoons. Weezer-esque confessional songwriting bleeds through all seven tracks, ranging from the fervent post-punk energy of "Old Love" and "No Bones" to more delicate numbers like "The Bird" and "From the News".

The band followed up Asterisk with the even snappier Lighten Up in September of 2012. The band finds themselves refining and redefining their sound with big guitars and even bigger hooks. The release is a partnership with Detroit-based label, South Division Records. Lighten Up now available on vinyl and various digital outlets.

The Joy of Painting is currently writing, recording, performing, eating too much pizza, making dumb jokes and having entirely too much fun.

Press Highlights

"Accidentally grandiose and bursting with color and energy." -Murfreesboro Pulse

"[The Joy of Painting] make a busy, fun but lyrically wry garage-pop" - Nashville Scene

“[Exhibits] the same kind of keen pop craftsmanship as say, Vampire Weekend--if Vampire Weekend actually rocked--this is the kind of diamond-in-the-rough indie EP that works equally well on both a solo car ride, or at a summer party.” - The Inside Mag

"I hear a lot of Weezer in this is certainly some catchy pop, but it also has the fuel of post-punk." -No Country for New Nashville

"From Self to Kyle Andrews to Fun, [Nashville] has managed to produce a number of the best artists of the past few years. Go ahead and add Joy of Painting to that list, because their first EP is an artistically brilliant debut that will truly surprise you." -Obvious Pop

“I like the music this band plays” - Ear To The Ground Blog