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My Life Story - KOKO, London, 28/11/2013

  by Dave Goodwin

published: 14 / 12 / 2013



My Life Story - KOKO, London, 28/11/2013

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Dave Goodwin watches offbeat Australian band the Red Paintings play a vibrant and colourful set in support to Mindless Self Indulgence at the KOKO in London


We had been caught up in some horrible traffic on the long trek down from the East Midlands to the KOKO in Camden. A rather fretful journey had ended with me picking up my photopass as the Red Paintings were just coming to the end of their first track. As I frantically readied my camera gear I had a quick look around to get an idea of the lighting and started grinning. I was grinning from ear to ear because i had just got a glimpse of one of my favourite venues in the country in all its splendour, and realised that what was happening on the stage was just as splendid as the venue itself. What a place to unleash Red Paintings on to the British public! All of a sudden the car journey was the last thing on my mind, and my attention had been compromised by the whole theatrical display that was in front of me. An Australian band, the Red Paintings were touring off the back of their debut album which amazingly has taken five years to make, such is the intricate and dedicated way lead singer Trash McSweeney has approached it. If the attention to detail in the album was noticeable, then the live set blew you apart. This was no ordinary show. It was a spectacle - A theatrical performance of epic proportions compared to what we usually see on the gig stage. This was something else. They take to the road again next year I am reliably informed, taking in venues across Britain. Be warned. Do not miss this. It is “Orchestral Art Rock” in all sorts of Cosmic dimensions. Working their way through the debut album 'Your Revolution is Never Coming' Trash and the rest of the band were surrounded by objects. On both sides of the heaving stage there were big white humanoid creatures being feverishly body painted by reversed-faced blacked-out little people. There were Oriental ladies playing violins, and little green men holding even littler green pickled men in jam jars and giant white ants with Chinese symbols painted on them. The stage was as frenetic as the crowd the Red Paintings were performing to. KOKO was loving it. I made my way up to the top once I had done in the pit, because I thought it would be a little less berserk up there but I was so wrong. They were going mental up there too. There was no respite. And it was great. Trash himself is beyond human. He suffered a near-fatal seizure once, and now sees colour in his music. By taking to his guitar, piano and notebook Trash has set out to share with the world what he has seen and felt, and in the process the Red Paintings were officially born upon the dawn of the new millennium. Here, however, he had morphed into this character that pounded and hammered his guitar with passionate anger, and at times in delicate sadness in his quest to make the world understand what he wanted them to take on board. Its a subject that is constantly being sung about, and discussed with vigour all over the globe. But Trash had got himself angry about it. And it showed here with his turbulent rantings and mesmerising presence. He had something to say. And he had a way to say it, and make people stand and take notice. Good luck to him.



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My Life Story - KOKO, London, 28/11/2013


My Life Story - KOKO, London, 28/11/2013


My Life Story - KOKO, London, 28/11/2013


My Life Story - KOKO, London, 28/11/2013



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