The Red Paintings

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The Red Paintings
OriginGeelong, Australia
GenresProgressive rock, art rock, symphonic rock, alternative metal
Years active2012–present
WebsiteOfficial website

The Red Paintings are an orchestral art rock band/collective originally formed in Geelong, Victoria, Australia now based in London and Los Angeles by lead vocalist and songwriter Trash McSweeney. McSweeney drives all the band's musical and staging concepts.

A five-piece group (guitar, violin, cello, bass and drums) whose sound evokes everything from child-like lullabies of the future, to tearing, biting, alternative-rock numbers. Their appeal reaches baroque-pop steam-punks, metal-heads, indie-rock fanatics, and beyond. They incorporate multimedia performance art and seek submissions from local painters who join the band on stage and reflect the energy on canvas and human body canvases in real time. The band's conceptual stage show combines sound and visuals to create an experience that stimulates the senses and minds of the audience.

The collective group is known to have a female revolving line-up across the globe. Touring line-up being Alix Kol (violin, Backing vocals); Ginny Eck (bass), Violet the Cannibal (drums) and Emma Baker (cello).

The band has a strong underground fanbase in Europe, Australia[1] and the United States, and their albums produced almost entirely on fan donations and pledge campaigns.[2] Their many costumes, props and street performances are often organised and produced with help from their large volunteer street teams. Though the band is known to work with well established costume designers in London and Los Angeles. They are also known for their vocal support of animal rights issues, and in particular, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[3]


The Revolution Is Never Coming and touring (2013 - present)[edit]

The Red Paintings' critically acclaimed debut album 'The Revolution Is Never Coming' propelled the band around the world. Following their success, the highly anticipated release of their second record is evident through the band's successful crowdfunding campaign labelled by Pledge-music's co-founder Jayce Varden as "one of the most innovative conceptual pledge campaigns ever".

The new album features a fierce rhythm section, grandiose orchestral arrangements and powerful choral accompaniments all recorded in world-class studios around the globe including East West Studios, Hollywood. Mixes by Alan Moulder (NIN, Smashing Pumpkins), Tom lorde-alge and Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Bloc Party). With the same angst and social consciousness reminiscent of the first album, the ambitious follow up record takes The Red Paintings to another level of composition, artistry and grit.

"They just don't make albums like this anymore" - Studio Manager (EastWest Studios, Hollywood).


  • "Deleted Romantic" (2017)
  • "It is as it was" (2016)
  • "Streets fell into my window (2015)
  • "You're not one of them (2014)
  • "Wasps" (2014)


  1. ^ Wylie Caird (March 2008). "The Red Paintings Forte Interview" (PDF). "Forte". Retrieved 29 June 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ "The Red Paintings". "BandNation". 2009. Archived from the original on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  3. ^ Darrah Le Montre (June 2009). "Whale Wars' Sea Shepherd Nets Anthony Kiedis and Rick Rubin's Support". "Hollywood Today". Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.

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