It’s a bit early this year, but here is the powerpop / punkrock record of the year 2023!
The Paint Fumes are back for good! Take a sip and get high on their hooks and sing-a-longs.#Paint Fumes have survived a decade of being in Paint Fumes. No small feat for a group that's released 3 albums for 2 distinct luminary labels (Slovenly and Get Hip Records), and swayed their way between opposite ends of a sonic spectrum (garage and punk; old and new) on a nofucks-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 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!
Real Romancer, Paint Fumes' 4th LP—and first for Dig! Records (US) 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.
Expertly engineered, mixed, mastered and produced by
Dan Dixon at RCRD studios.
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“Savage pop that really smokes! Sounds like a delinquent
20/20.” -Christian Blunda, Mean Jeans
“Elijah's voice has never sounded better. Fuck yes to this
album.” -Stephanie Luke, The Coathangers
“Paint Fumes have moved up one decade; their early stuff
was very 70s-fucked-up-dirty-punk-rock this new record is
very Midwestern-80s-American-punk” -Jacky Cougar, Des Demonas
“How Paint Fumes manages to do it all, I don't know, but I
already have a few songs stuck in my head after a round of
listening. Absolutely killer.” -Natalie Carr, pop artist
A1. Book of Love
A2. Holding my Heart
A3. Starting Over
A5. Night Owl
B1. Missed a Step
B2. Callin’ Out
B3. Can’t Stand It
B4. My Dreams
B5. Bone City
B6. Still Lookin’