Having first made his mark as a songwriter and guitarist for Los Angeles' Allah-Las, Pedrum
Siadatian has etched out a place of his own with his solo work as PAINT. What started as
modest 4-track experiments quickly took on a life of their own as Pedrum began distilling his
musical and lyrical inspirations into something both timeless and new. His miniature
menagerie of light-psych and proto-punk gems had outgrown their cassette cage and were
now ready to be heard.
PAINT's eponymous debut (Mexican Summer, 2018) appeared out of the ether, fully formed.
It was praised for its originality and drew favorable comparisons to the likes of Kevin Ayers,
Lou Reed and Julian Cope. The mess was the message and the decidedly mid-fi production
found Siadatian both honoring and eschewing tradition. The album was accompanied by
videos for the singles "Daily Gazette" and "Moldy Man," both directed by Sam Kristofski
(Connan Mockasin, Pond), with select performances in North America, UK, and Europe.
This year sees PAINT returning with the release of the ambitious Spiritual Vegas. While Ray
Davies-smirks and Kevin Ayers-wit abound, Siadatian's singular touch is unmistakable.
Joined once again by producer / engineer Frank Maston at the helm, Spiritual Vegas
features a rogue's gallery of players with performances by Jackson Macintosh (TOPS, Sheer
Agony) on bass and guitar, Nick Murray (White Fence, Oh Sees) on drums, and brothers-in-
Las Spencer Dunham and Matt Correia on bass and percussion respectively.
The production is a clear departure from PAINT's debut- with an increased clarity and tonal
variety, drawing inspiration from 80's/90's art-rock like The Meat Puppets and The Magnetic
The title Spiritual Vegas was inspired by a visit to Bali, Indonesia, where Siadatian was struck
by the juxtaposition of tourists seeking either Instagram enlightenment or Vegas-like
debauchery. Is there really a difference? Awakening comes in many forms and as Siadatian
intones on opener "Strange World," "the moment you find laughter's the key/ the sooner
you'll be free" -- a fortune cookie philosophy for both the record and the world at large.
PAINT 2: Spiritual Vegas will be released on Mexican Summer worldwide on June 12.