This week marks the release of some great albums from artists that you’ve probably heard of: Daft Punk, 30 Seconds to Mars, and The National to name a few. Nonetheless, let’s not forget about the up and coming local talent. In Nashville, there are many albums released each week, so how do you stand out in the mix? Well, you do what The Joy of Painting have been doing over the past couple years; play shows, write, record, share, grab coffee, repeat. In a world so full of media and entertainment, the common theme is that it’s not easy to truly stand out unless you get lucky or have a million dollars. The truth is, you can still do things the old fashioned way, write and record good songs, and work hard to get noticed. The Joy of Painting have stayed committed as a band, and now with a fresh album out this week, “the future was wide open.” (..because who doesn’t love a little Tom Petty?).
Tender Age is the latest bombshell of a project from Nashville’s rising garage pop experts. The Joy of Painting consists of Garreth Spinn, Mark Bullock, Chris Hauser, Kyle McCormick, and Josh Nelson. The album was released May 21, 2013 and features 7 new original songs. You can play all of them in the player above, but we’ve also featured the first three on the top left of the page in our discography section. We want you to do your own listening, but pay attention to the theme here, which is summarized in the title. Tender Age describes the age your early to mid-20s where you become vulnerable in a world so quick to tear us down for not following the social expectations. The truth is, it’s okay to not know exactly what you’re doing, and that’s what a lot of these songs are about. However, let’s not forget that girls may play a role here as well. On the recording side, the band tracked the entire record in house; literally, in their house. Bassist Mark Bullock engineered and the band received mixing help from Cord Phillips. You can purchase Tender Age through Amazon on the left panel or click on the album art at the top. Also, if you missed it, don’t forget to check out last month’s article on their first single, “Dontchu Wanna,” by clicking here.
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC