Inspired by Picasso’s quote “action is the foundational key to all success”, Pablo’s Paintings began working together in early 2018, with no particular aim, other than to create an outlet for dormant ideas. Since then, they have developed a sound that taps into a rich history of melodic songwriting and developed a keen DIY work ethic, self-recording and producing all of their early output.
The band was an accident really,” lead singer Matt Allison told Far Out. “I got back from a bit of time living in New Zealand and stayed with Dom (Dominic Richmond) while I got myself back on course again. We started knocking around ideas I’d had for years but not had a band to do anything with and found that they fit well with some half-finished stuff Dom had put together previously.”
He added: “We ended up with a pretty big batch of songs in a short space of time. Dom’s a producer, so we thought we’d record a few just for ourselves and it just seemed to be working well, so we recruited Dom’s brother Jon (Jonathan Richmond) on bass and Peter (Peter Leach) on drums. Pablo’s was born.”
Allison, having worked on different musical projects in the past, explained their decision to use a Picasso quote for their name became a mantra for ‘cracking on and getting things done’. The band have taken the ever more popular DIY approach with everything they have produced so far, recording, mixing and releasing everything independently. “I think that’s given us something, a different sound,” the singer added. “All our tunes are melody focused I’d say, but we’re always trying to tap a kink into anything that’s sounding too straightforward.”
‘Paint’s Gone Dry’ is the first in a string of singles they have ready to go, which, in the bigger picture, could become their debut EP further down the line.
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