Jack Cooper do Mazes e James Hoare do Veronica Falls se juntaram após o Mazes abrir vários shows do Veronica Falls na Europa, e essa união já rendeu três belíssimos álbuns sob a alcunha de Ultimate Painting, com destaque especial ao último trabalho, "Dusk" lançado em Setembro.
Uma atmosfera retro permeia a sonoridade do Ultimate Painting, tudo soa analógico e a explicação é dada por James ao TBTCI, além de outras tantas peculiaridades do duo.
Sonoramente o Ultimate Painting me remete diretamente a saudosa Flying Nun, as conexões com The Chills me impressionam extremamente, uma doce candura orna com um certo ar nostálgico e melancólico tornando-se a cada audição mais e mais viciante.
Resumindo a música do Ultimate Painting em uma única palavra, eu diria, belo.
***** Interview with Ultimate Painting *****
Ultimate painting started after jack and I toured together, his band mazes opened for my band Veronica falls on a 2/3 week tour of Europe.
We knew each other vaguely, I once lent jack the money to get a bus home. But we hadn't ever really spoken much. Once we were on tour we got along really well and I was immediately impressed with his songs, knowledge of the music and personality. Towards the end of the tour we started talking about doing some recording together and a couple of months laster started working in my home studio and unknowingly the band was formed.
Q: Who are your influences?
The Beatles, the velvet underground, stereolab, yo la tengo, buddy holly, Ritchie Valens, gene Clark, Tom jobim the list could go on
Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The white album
None Beatles top 5 (choosing albums by only one artists each)
The velvet underground self titled 3rd album
Highway 61 revisited (bob Dylan)
Younger than yesterday (the byrds)
Wild honey (the beach boys)
Chelsea girl (nico)
Q. How do you feel playing live?
I enjoy it a lot. I don't like practicing at all and I like to save up the enjoyment for playing live.
Q. How do you describe Ultimate Painting sounds?
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
The three records have been recorded at my home studio in Stoke newington, London. All my equipment is analog, mostly from the 60's/70's, And is subsequently constantly being repaired/serviced by my friend Peter.
We record on 8 track tape machines and I mix live. Jack and I play all the instruments with our friend Mel playing drums on the last LP. We start with a rhythm guitar normally and drums or a drum
Machine and build it up from there.
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I'd quite like to cover sugar ray's every morning. We've covered a few songs for aquarium drunkard (a decent blog) , Jack is against it but we may well do it and I am confident it will sound good.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
We'll start work on a new LP early next year. Currently on tour in Europe and to the states in November
Q: Any parting words?
Be true to your school