Like plenty of bands nowadays, cousins Reese Donohue and Chris Prudhomme used e-mail to facilitate the songwriting process of their group Painted Palms. The Bay Area duo’s self-released debut EP, Canopy, was eventually discovered by Kevin Barnes, leading to a re-release via Secretly Canadian and subsequent tour dates with of Montreal, STRFKR, and Braids.
These days, the two write and record face-to-face, but that hasn’t changed their intriguing brand of “headphone pop”. For instance, grab your handy-dandy earbuds and listen to “Click”, the B-side of their forthcoming “Carousel” 7″. A pair of decent headphones will absorb the nuanced and intricately-layered tune, which blends cheery, slow-churning synths, hand-clapping percussion, and gallons of over-sized harmonies. The track’s true appeal, however, is found in the more subtle aspects, where ’60s and modern-day pop sensibilities merge and Prudhomme’s vocals that hint at a reservoir of stunted angst.
“Carousel” b/w “Click” will be available March 5th via Polyvinyl (check out the A-side here). Their debut LP is set for release sometime this year.
The band will be on tour this spring supporting The Ruby Suns. Consult the full schedule below.
Painted Palms 2013 Tour Dates:
02/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite *
02/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
02/15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *
02/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
02/17 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
02/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
02/20 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive *
02/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
02/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
02/23 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College *
02/24 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
02/26 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison *
02/27 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo *
02/28 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
03/01 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
03/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
03/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas *
03/05 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage *
03/06 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
03/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
03/09 – Austin, TX @ TBD *
03/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room *
03/13 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
* = w/ The Ruby Suns