Interview with the Red Paintings,Trash McSweeney and Alix Kol ------at the Roxy
Must-See Band:The Red Paintings Orchestral Art Rock Band
08/09/2013 03:38:08 PM PDT
com/" target="_blank">the Roxy after the show in the parking lot. Still in full stage geisha regalia, LA.COM spoke with McSweeney outside the Roxy in West Hollywood.
The Red Paintings are an orchestral art rock band that express their musicality on the stage through different forms of art. From live art to Music to theatrics, this band has something for everyone to feed their creative veins, for the music obsessed, art obsessed to die hard visual junkies. You will likely not see a band like The Red Paintings anytime soon. The Red Paintings dramatic expression range from Lewis Carroll , "Alice In Wonderland" to Dr Seuss. LA.COM caught up with band members of the Red Paintings, Trash McSweeney and Alix Kol violinist------at
LA.COM : The Red Paintings did not have their full band, they still managed to play an impressive show.
McSweeney: The Stage Show can costs a bit of money when you have the whole band coming from Australia and what not. But me and Alix travel around the world when we have to do an acoustic set when we have to I guess. Otherwise it's a full band of cello, violin, drums, bass, we have 2 human canvases, and 4 painters on stage for The Red paintings show.
LA.COM : Can you introduce yourself?
Alix Kol : Alix Kol I'm the violinist for The Red paintings
LA.COM : For your show you're on the lookout for artists and human canvases to create with live on stage. Where did that idea begin?
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Trash McSweeney: I did visual arts in school and also have this condition called kinesthesia were you actually see music as color so it made sense to me to bring musical experience and art experience into one circle and mix it up and that became The Red Paintings. It was an idea that was transformed through my art background really. I just like people to express themselves. I think it's extremely important for people in this day and age to inspire themselves, don't wait for other people to inspire them. Let them find their own inspiration.
LA.COM : Do you dream music? Do you compose in your sleep?
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McSweeney:Yeah, I guess I'm always thinking about music, throughout the last few years I have been dreaming about film clips, creating them. The film clips (in the show) you see I have been directing and making them, their pretty crazy.
LA.COM : to Alix Kol (The Red Paintings violinist) And what inspires you?
Alix Kol: What inspires me?
LA.COM : Yes what inspires you to create your art performance, music performance?
Alix Kol (The Red Paintings violinist): Well I guess when I joined the Red Paintings, actually when Trash (McSweeney) approached me and said hey do you want to audition, do you want to come and play with us? I had never heard of the band before. Because I'm obviously all the way across the world, I'm from the UK. When I checked out the band I was like wow that is absolutely amazing, to create all that energy. When I watched their live videos was like I would really love to be a part of that. So literally within the Red Paintings, the Red Paintings inspired me because I wasn't there from the beginning . However I never actually saw a live show played so the first time I experienced a live show I was playing in the band.
And I saw all the painting going on around me and I was like oh my God,this absolutely amazing! It almost distracted me from what I was supposed to be doing which was playing. Because even I was blown away by the performance that I was taking part in, do you see what I mean?
Artist: Conrad Keely (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)
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So I guess within the band the artists inspire me, the paintings inspire me. The on stage energy, we really vibe off each other, all the members in the band. And I guess it's all musical, visual and every aspect is inspiring for me.
LA.COM : Some very interesting art has been created both on canvas and the human canvases at the Red Paintings show. I can see the energy from the show gets picked up from the music and painted into the art works.
LA.COM : What do you do with the paintings after the shows? And do you always have somebody that volunteers?
McSweeney:Yeah when we are not touring we are always trying to find local artists around the world, we've touring globally for the last 3 years. Local artists are struggling more than anything, and we try to get them onstage and try to create a name for them as well. The theory behind the band is to try to help the art community, not just do music. And that's what we have been able to do.
In regards to the art work they are actually in my house in Australia, I have a huge double story house and there are about 600 or 700 hundred paintings there. We don't really sell them, I mean some painting have been sold, but we don't usually because they are fragments of time and at the moment I want to keep them. I don't see any reason for commodity to buy them ,their very important to us, so we keep them.
LA.COM: That's awesome are both of you artists also? Either one of you an artist?
McSweeney: I come from original arts, I have a background in visual arts, But I did not form the band at school, I formed it after. Actually I dropped out after 2 years and I started this project. I didn't want to have teachers telling me how I should do things, I started finding I was controlled. And I started finding I wanting to do things that I didn't really understand . I wanted to take a different path and not be influenced by someone's else mind I guess.
LA.COM: MTV praised your latest video,"Wasps" from the new album "The Revolution Is Never Coming". Do you think exposure by MTV is what it once was?
McSweeney:That's a good question, but everybody knows, not really . At the same time You need as many platforms in the mainstream were as getting a lot people to get your music out there. Let me say in this day and age there is so many bands trying to do so many things. Its like which band is going to change the world? Which band is going to create a movement again, it's like everybody is on edge waiting for something new. And for a band like us its really cool because we can get into so many different platforms and create quite a unique and diverse fan base . And I think MTV will bring one part of that, and why not . We are also part of mainstream, but doing it the right way, not selling out.