Paint Fumes have survived a decade of being in Paint Fumes. No small feat for a group that’s released three albums for two distinct and luminary labels (Slovenly and Get Hip Records), swaying their way between opposite ends of a sonic spectrum (garage and punk; old and new) on a no-fucks-given wrecking-ball pendulum.
Evolution occurred steadily from their earliest primitivism to more tuneful rockers. Road dogs when allowed to be, they toured exhaustively (including stints with legends King Khan & BBQ Show and Shannon & the Clams). Throughout, they racked up more hospital stays—not to mention near-death experiences— than advisable by even the most nihilistic breed of rock’n’roll life-or-deathers. And yet now, after all the years and rigmarole, they’ve never sounded this good.
This time, Paint Fumes bring their new single “Book of Love.” Listen to the song here:
Elijah Von Cramon talks about the song:
“’Book of Love’ is the song that really made this record come together. It was the first song I wrote that made me realize the direction I wanted to take with the new songs. It’s about finding love in a strange place and the wild feeling of something new in the unknown.”
Real Romancer, Paint Fumes’ 4th LP—and first for Dig! Records (U.S.) and Bachelor Records (EU)—is a whole new world of glam stompin; duel-guitar-with-added-bass hammerin’ sounds taken to anthemic heights previously unexplored by this born-too-loose group. If leader of the pack Elijah Von Cramon’s description of the band as “panic attack punk and power pop nightmares” rings true, this is Paint Fumes’ KBD-benzo treat-all for a 12 song long wet dream.
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