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Album Review

How many bands can you think of that can include the words "Senator Dole" in a song, without making it sound out of place or corny? Well, Nothing Painted Blue have achieved this ("Vengeful As Hell") on their six-song mini-album The Future of Communications. A few of the tracks included here have already been issued as singles, or have been heard on radio broadcasts, but the songs fit together as a whole surprisingly well. "Sorely Tempted" is an upbeat track that was once a single (and has since been featured on the band's 1997 singles compilation, Emotional Discipline), while the above-mentioned "Vengeful as Hell" is lifted from an edition of the Brave New World radio show on KCRW-FM in Santa Monica. "Lapped" contains a jerky guitar part, while "(I'm A) Haunted House" crawls along with spooky keyboard playing, and, well, haunted house sound effects. The only weak point of the album is a closing, rambling, 15-minute auditorium speech, which, due to not being recorded very clearly, is hard to understand (besides the fact that they could have fit several more songs in that 15-minute time span). Worthwhile to hardcore Nothing Painted Blue fans, but newcomers to the band should probably start out with one of their stronger full-length albums.


Formed: 1987

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Nothing Painted Blue's intellectual rock style took off back in 1987 in Los Angeles. Vocalist/guitarist Franklin Bruno and drummer Kyle Brodie are the only original members still remaining, with numerous bass players coming and going, but their sound has remained constant throughout all of the lineup changes over the years. The group worked out their sound while playing frat parties in California, and by the time of their 1990 recording debut, A Baby, A Blanket, A Packet of Seeds, their signature...
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