Welcome back! I know, it's been a while - but it's all worth it! This marks the start of what I want Awake at Three to be: a collaborative platform for people to both discover and be discovered. And it's all very exciting!
SO. Let's not waste any more time! Today we feature The Old Paints, an award-winning band hailing from Alabama - notably winning the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their amazing single, "Girl". Taking sounds from Glam/Garage/Indie Rock, The Old Paints consist of drummer Breely Flower, (rainbow) guitarist Andy Harris and whatever non-deceased bass player they can get their hands on. They've played hundreds of shows across Alabama and toured across America, and are here to answer a few questions!
Why did you want to first form The Old Paints? And is there any meaning behind the name?
I think you should form a band to play music with other people because playing with other people is USUALLY more fun than playing alone. Both have their merits, but at the end of the day, bands are awesome. YES, there is meaning behind the name. A Paint is a breed of horse/pony. It's splotchy and covered with paint-like spots. Old, in this case, means reliable. We are the most reliable horse.
What’s it like living and playing in Alabama? (for our worldwide audience!)
Living in Alabama is a lot like living where you live, but with different stereotypes that you don't have to embrace if you don't wish. It's cheap, humid, and easy to tour to lots of different places from here.
Were there any artists that influenced your music?
Prince, Bowie, Ramones, Guided By Voices, Breeders, Gas Station Dogs
What inspired the lyrics to “Girl”?
It feels good to scream about my anger and outer space.
Do you have a particularly memorable live show?
Something happens almost every night to make it memorable. Venues we love are:
Marty's PM in Birmingham - it's like playing a two hour encore every time
The Royal American in Charleston, SC - the stage is on the bar
River Arts Market in Jacksonville, FL - cool outdoor amphitheater on the river
Test Pattern in WInston Salem, NC - RIP to one of the best dive bars in America
Alley Cat in Carrollton, GA - one of the best dive bars in America, still going strong, always a crowd of lunatics
Traveling to new cities where you don't know anyone is always a roll of the dice, especially when you factor in the potential for (all this has happened) exploding amps, lunatics jumping on stage, sketchy promoters and bands in a destination town, not always knowing where you're going to sleep, etc. A real adventure and not for the faint of heart!
Who’s idea was the music video for “What Did Rock & Roll Ever Do For You, Anyway?”? Was it as fun to film as it looked?
We signed up for this make a music video in 48 hours contest that a local film festival puts on. We were paired up with a film crew and that was totally their idea. It was quick, easy, and yes, fun.
If you could see any artist live, dead or alive, who would you see?
I regret not going to see Prince in his last concert in Atlanta the week before he died. I totally could have and stupidly said, "I'll catch him next time."
Why should people vote for you in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest?
WELL, the round of voting ended on April 30th, and we won! We're in the final round now where celeb judges such as Fergie, Flea, George Clinton, Lita Ford, and more decide who will win out of the 12 finalists. Stay tuned :)
You can find The Old Paints on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
And thank YOU for taking the time to read this - hopefully at least some of you liked this, and stick around for the next post!