The Black Paintings are a post-everything rhythm and blues group. After releasing ‘Milk and Honey’ in 2010, the band have been performing and recording an album written in central ethiopia. The eclectic music has captured audiences across many divides. The combination of pre-war vaudeville, blues and folk with modern textures creates a unique and powerful sound often pinned as industrial blues.
Frontman and song writer Lyall Moloney has a striking and individualistic approach to the art. After touring Europe with a classical choir singing in five languages and competing internationally on behalf of Australia, he returned to Australia and began to write for The Black Paintings. Teaming up with drummer Luke Dixon on account of their shared passion for artists with integrity by the likes of Tom Waits, Damon Albarn, and John Coltrane - a mirage of The Black Paintings began in what became the ‘Milk and Honey’ sessions of 2009.
The influence of West-African blues has been a recent influence for the musicians and is at the heart of their current project. “The crazed emotion with which Lyall sings his stories is a real credit to him as a front man” (thegunlab.wordpress.com). Moloney’s musical and poetic nirvana was nurtured during a recent four-month long stay in Central Africa, which proved to be a changing experience. The recorded songs will be included on the group’s up-and-coming album due late 2010.
Lyall Moloney - Vocals, Guitar
Luke Dixon - Drums
Jasper Sarkodee - Percussion, vocals
lukasz szczepanik - bass
Josh Geldart - Trumpet, vocals