The Painstakers

The Painstakers

BandFolkPop

Alt-folk? Alt-Acoustic pop? All three songwriters have very distinct songwriting styles and would cite some very similar and very different influences. But it all comes together somehow. We think, anyways.

Biography

The Painstakers are currently a four piece group of people who write songs, sing and play intruments to those very songs. Sometimes they play covers of other people's music. One thing that's very clear is that they very unclear about how to categorize their music genre. Mostly they use words and phrases like "alt-folk" or alt-acoustic-folk-pop" when they are pressured to come up with such a description.

All three songwriters, Cathering, Brad and Maddie have very distinct songwriting and vocal styles, which makes for a unique combination. Probably the best comparison to another group like this was Fleetwood Mac, where Stevie, Lindsay and Christine brought very individual style and influence to form a very unique sound. As far as the Painstakers are concerned, that's not a comparison to Fleetwood Mac (although that would be cool if someone compared us to them!) but you get the idea.

As far as how these four came together, you can trace Painstaker roots back into the early 80sm (Nineteen hundred eighties, that is) to Bellingham, Washington when they all attended Western Washington University and were in various band ensembles throughout those years. Brad and Al go back even further to the days pre-college growing up in South King County. You wouldn't really think it, but they are big fans of the Dead Kennedys, the Clash, the Who, the Replacements, the Beatles, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, Aimee Mann, Fleetwood Mac and the Kinks among popular artists of the last 45 years or so.

Discography

Not at this time. Currently recording our first CD together.
Painstaker member Brad Mahugh independently released "Laymen's Terms" in 2001 and "Souvenirs" in 1991.

Set List

I Always
Groovy Times (Clash cover)
Awkward Dance
Best Shot
Friends with Benefits
The New Rupert Pupkin
Mr. in the Meantime
Like You Care
Sluggerville
Hold On (T. Waits cover)
Wednesday Song
Why in the Road
Splittin' a Heart in Two
Something's Gotta Give