The Joy Of Painting-Lighten Up EP
Record Label: South Division Records
Release Date: September 25, 2012
The Joy Of Painting is a garage-pop five piece from Nashville, Tennessee that melds sweet surf-like melodies with a overwhelmingly sixties-esque vibe. Since the band’s inception in 2011, they have released a promising if somewhat rough around the edges debut EP in the form of “Asterisk”. What concerns us today, however is their new three track EP, Lighten Up.
How Is It?
Lighten Up sees The Joy Of Painting refining the sound established in their debut EP. They’ve shedded the rockabilly tinges, and replaced it with a full swing of sixties garage-pop. Each track is upbeat as they come; the lyrics are pretty positive and the music generally makes you want to click your fingers and drive to your local diner in your Mustang. The second track, “Good Mood” featuring The Kansas Bible Company Horns, is a highlight with an irresistibly infectious melody, handclaps, horns, and attractive vocals. It’s a track that’s makes the day feel that little bit better, whilst leaving a delightfully catchy chorus hanging around in the air. “Come Clean” isn’t quite as good as its predecessor but is every bit as catchy and has quite a roaring guitar line.
Overall, Lighten Up is a good EP. Whilst the EP isn’t quite long enough to provide a full grasp of where The Joy Of Painting are at as a band, it does provide a snapshot. A snapshot of a band that know how to write feelgood pop songs which call to mind an early version of The Black Keys. This is certainly a band that will be interesting to follow. Hopefully, the future will be bright for The Joy Of Painting.