Australian native, based in London and Los Angeles, The Red Paintings are a five-piece group (guitar, violin, cello, bass and drums) whose sound evokes everything from child-like lullabies of the future, to tearing, biting, alternative-rock numbers. Their appeal reaches baroque-pop steam-punks, metal-heads, indie-rock fanatics, and beyond. They incorporate multimedia performance art and seek submissions from local painters who join the band on stage and reflect the energy on canvas and human body canvases in real time. The band's conceptual stage show combines sound and visuals to create an experience that stimulates the senses and minds of the audience.

 The Red Paintings' critically acclaimed debut album propelled the band around the world an impressive three times as a headlining act.  Following their success, the highly anticipated release of their second record is evident through the band's successful crowdfunding campaign labelled by PledgeMusic's co-founder Jayce Varden as "one of the most innovative conceptual pledge campaigns ever".  

The new album features a fierce rhythm section, grandiose orchestral arrangements and powerful choral accompaniments all recorded in world-class studios around the globe including East West Studios Hollywood and mixed by ALAN MOULDER (NIN, QOTSA) TOM LORD-ALGE and Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Bloc Party). With the same angst and social consciousness reminiscent of the first album, the ambitious follow up record takes The Red Paintings to another level of composition, artistry and grit worthy of another hat-trick worldwide tour.  

"They just don't make albums like this anymore" - Studio Manager (EastWest Studios, Hollywood).

BBC Radio, UK "This tune will blow your mind, what a tune, provokes emotion and takes you on a voyage, it's just so beautiful!"- DJ Lal Muttock. December 2017.

*See below to view recent touring and a key selection of The Red Paintings’ latest press, radio, TV and film festival presence.


(For full past/present worldwide tour dates please visit

-- RECENT HEADLINE TOURING (2015 – 2018) --



2016 - UK, EUROPE, USA



Gary Numan (AUS)
Amanda Palmer/The Dresden Dolls (UK, USA, AUS, NZ)
The Birthday Massacre (UK, EU, USA)
Sigur Rós (AUS)
New Years Day (UK, USA)
Mindless Self Indulgence (UK, EU, USA, AUS)
65daysofstatic (AUS)
"...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead" (USA, UK, AUS, NZ)
Die Krupps (AUS)
Atari Teenage Riot (USA)
Saul Williams (AUS)
The Posies (USA)


(To view The Red Paintings' full press archive please visit

-- PRESS --

4/5 Rolling Stone Album Review (AUS)
10/10 & ‘Album of the Week’ Tone Deaf (AUS)
‘Album of the Week’ PBS Melbourne (AUS)
'Wasps' added to Air New Zealand in-flight radio
‘Wasps’ added to American Airlines in-flight radio
‘Top 50 Artists to Watch’ Big Cheese Magazine (UK)
‘Album of the Year’ Loud Mag (UK)
‘Top 25 Albums of the Year’ Echoes and Dust Mag (UK)

 -- RADIO --

‘Wasps’ single peak #80 Alternative Chart (USA)
‘Wasps’ high rotation KFMA, WIIL, WARQ (USA)
‘Wasps’ debut at #26 FMQB Sub-Modern Singles Chart (USA)
‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ album debut at #8 FMQB Specialty Chart (USA)
‘It Is As It Was’ debut at #8 FMQB Specialty Chart (USA)
'You're Not One Of Them' debut #40 FMQB Sub-Modern Chart (USA)

                                                                                                'Deleted Romantic' Premier MTV Germany                                                                                                                'You're Not One Of Them' and ‘Streets Fell Into My Window’added on BBC, Kerrang!, XFM and 100+ stations (UK & EU)
'You're Not One Of Them' in Top 100 on German college radio for 3 consecutive weeks (EU)

'You're Not One Of Them' Triple J (AUS)
‘Top 10 Most Requested’ on national community radio stations for 4 consecutive weeks (AUS)

-- TV --

'Wasps' video added to MTVu (USA)
AXS TV – Live studio performance (USA)
Journey's in store TV (music video and interview in 800 stores) (USA)
'You're Not One Of Them' video added to Channel V (AUS)
'You're Not One Of Them' video added to Loud and Kerrang! (UK)

MTVu – “dark, cinematic and slightly disturbing…similar in spirit to NIN or 30 Seconds To Mars.” (‘Wasps’ music video)


‘Wasps’ & ‘Streets Fell Into My Window’:

Sydney International Fantasy Film Awards – 1st place for Best Short (AUS)
Australian Movie Mania Awards – 1st place for Best Music Video (AUS)
QLD Film Awards – 1st place for Best Short & Best Music Video (AUS)
L.A. Film Festival – nominated and showcased (USA)
Roswell International Film Festival – showcased (USA)
West End Film Festival – nominated & showcased (AUS)
ATOM International Film Festival – nominated & showcased (AUS)
Isle of White International Film Festival – nominated & showcased (EU)


Bryan Carlstrom - Producer, Engineer (Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie):

“In my entire 30 year career I’ve not mixed such a diverse, colourful and emotionally dynamic album such as this, it’s like a 21st century War of the Worlds.” (Discussing 'The Revolution Is Never Coming')

Trash McSweeney - The Red Paintings:

“People create an album around a life, I created a life around an album.”




Management | Australia | Los Angeles | London |



The Red Paintings 2018 Promotional Video

The Red Paintings Cityvision Music Show (Full) Interview Germany 2017

The Red Paintings 'Deleted Romantic' European Tour 2017

The Red Paintings Music Video ''Wasps"

The Red Paintings Music Video ''You're Not One Of Them''

The Red Paintings Music Video "It Is As It Was"

The Red Paintings ''Streets Fell Into My Window''' Official Music Video

The Red Paintings Perform "Wasps" on AXS Live

The Red Paintings at Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK - August 2013

Press clippings


“There is nothing to fault in this extraordinary and long awaited long player and it will no doubt bring further international acclaim to the Australian band. 10/10.”
- Tone Deaf

“Like a thrilling manic descent on a violent helter-skelter ride its grandiose absinthe-soaked delirium never wavers.”
- Rolling Stone 4/5

“It takes a minute or two to compose yourself once this album finishes. You'll be left adrenalised, yet exhausted, but in no way ready to give up. Pretty sure I've just witnessed a great moment in music history.”
- Victim of Sound 5/5

“After five long years of hard work, McSweeney has succeeded in producing a record of epic proportions. Musically and thematically lush, The Revolution is Never Coming is a cohesive work of art. With every new listen, the record pulls you in deeper, working its way under your skin and into your bloodstream. How do they achieve this soul-nourishing reaction? Perhaps it’s the union of musicality and heart – a true labour of love. Oh, and the most impressive part? It’s their debut.”
- Space Ship News 10/10

“…This album is overwhelming and terrifying in all the right ways, it pushes you to the brink of isolation but there is a vague sense that just beyond your line of sight there is a safety net to catch you. There is a physical impact when listening to The Revolution Is Never Coming, something that is a rare occurrence in any music these days, let alone from a debut. The English language is lacking when it comes to describing this album; the best advice is just to sit back, strap yourself in and be prepared for one hell of a musical journey In true Red Paintings style, The Revolution Is Never Coming leaves the listener a bit shell shocked after the first play, and well…the second and third ones as well.” – Hhhhappy Music Blog 5/5

“The range of musical ideas on The Revolution is Never Coming is quite simply, staggering, and will have your head in a spin if you can stand the pace. From the delicate piano and strings of opener 'Vampires Are Chasing Me', to the crushing metal bawling of second track 'Dead Children', and the fairy-folk flitterings of 'Dead Adult's (noticing a pattern here?) the scope is mind boggling. Allow yourself to slide deep into the belly of the beast – it's quite the ride.” – AAA Backstage 10/10

“… The release is certainly not typical. It’s immediately dark, ethereal, and well, weird… I’ve certainly seen bands get up on stage with matching outfits, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone don a geisha outfit or sea creature/alien costumes. Anyone who has the guts to rock that is pretty awesome. I find myself really admiring their complete rejection of normality. There is something to be admired in doing things in your own unique way and The Revolution is Never Coming is certainly an example of that. In a musical world full of copycats, McSweeney and co should be applauded for their left of centre ways.”  – Adam Not Eve 5/5


"The Red Paintings is more than just a live show - it's an entire art exhibition. Seeing The Red Paintings live is an experience like no other. I can't even find the words to describe how I felt after seeing them. I will say this though, it was over all too soon..."
- Victim of Sound

"To describe and understand the experience of The Red Paintings show it’s important to understand the unusual part the whole theatre of the event serves. Rather than the theatre enhancing the listening experience, it’s the listening that enhances the artistic experience."
- This Is Not A Scene

"The Red Paintings are not just another pretentious art-rock band. Put simply, there is no one and nothing else out there like Trash McSweeney and his infinite imagination."
- Space Ship News

"You must, must go into a gig like this with an open mind. The fans (and there were a lot at Brisbane’s Hi Fi), are already in the loop as to what’s the go with The Red Paintings. But if you’re a recent listener such as myself, you’re in for quite a trip. Not only were the band geared up in strange kabuki costumes but they had unusual back-up dancers too. I’m not talking cute girls in glittery frocks. I spied a ninja armed with giant paintbrushes as well as two females. But that shouldn’t be the only thing you take away from this experience. The music is, easily, top notch. Even if you’re not a big fan of the unique mesh of art meets alternative rock, the musicality and intensity these guys bring to their performance is entertaining regardless."
- The AU Review

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