Introducing: PAINT, the solo project of Allah-Las’ Pedrum Siadatian
PAINT (guitarist/singer Pedrum Siadatian of Allah-Las), is making his mark with his first, self-titled solo record out November 2 on Mexican Summer. Today, PAINT releases the first cut from the record “Daily Gazette” with the video directed by Sam Kristofski (Connan Mockasin / Pond / The Babe Rainbow).
PAINT started by four-tracking his own strange, slow-growing ideas just after Allah-Las third album Calico Review (2016) – fed or led by a certain acid-bitter poetry (Gregory Corso andJohn Lennon) and the murky music of Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett. Siadatian found a producer and partner-in-grime in adept cinematic psychedelicist Frank Maston, who instinctively understood these songs would fall apart if scrubbed too roughly in the studio. Now PAINT’s self-titled debut LP has a happily paradoxical finished-but-not-finished-off feel, likeLou Reed and R. Stevie Moore and Julian Cope and Richard Hell, but just the songs that never came out.
Anyway, this is PAINT, the substance and the action – it drips, it runs, it changes colors. In between: not the desert but the dirt, not the night but the dark, not the sun but the heat and not the sea but the deep, and always the heartbeat blood-rush feel-it! momentum that makes all rock ‘n’ roll rock and roll.
Think of it this way: PAINT’s first album isn’t always clean, but it’s very very clear. Sometimes the mess is the message.
PAINT is out November 2 and available on LP, CD and digital formats.