Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Comedian and guitar shredder Dave Hill and extreme metal legend Chris Reifert of Autopsy / Death infamy have formed a band together.
Painted Doll is its name and they have signed with NYC-based independent label Tee Pee Records. The group’s self-titled début, recorded and mixed by Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, NJ, will see a February 16th release.
Painted Doll came to life when “a death metal guy and a power pop guy got hammered together at a Goblin concert in Texas.”
Soon after, the duo began trying to out-deep cut each other with the late ’60s / early ’70s Dutch and British psych-pop, before Chris suggested the two musicians form a band together, inspired by the music they’d been trading. What does Painted Doll sound like, you may ask? Let’s let the band do the talking…
Dave Hill states: “The Painted Doll record was a blast to make… Chris is a death metal legend from the Bay Area and I’m a guy from Cleveland who worships the Kinks. Throw in our mutual love for obscure Dutch bands from the seventies and you’ve got Painted Doll. We’re super psyched to be working with Tee Pee Records to unleash our stone cold jams on the masses.“
“After getting to know Dave and talking about psychedelic bands and stuff, it was clear that Painted Doll needed to happen,” adds Chris Reifert. “The powers of rock gave us our mission, which we gladly accepted. Now you can hear the visions that we had bouncing around in our heads. Foxes and rabbits, velvet and leather, smoldering rock and spacey psych…. what else do you need? Play it loud and proud, babies!“
You now have the opportunity to hear the culmination of this peculiar pairing, as Painted Doll has released their official video for the record’s lead track “Together Alone“. Check it out below.