Mad Painter’s “Empty Bottles”: A Captivating Blend of Nostalgia and Modernity

Mad Painter is gearing up to release their latest single, “Empty Bottles,” a compelling track that serves as a sneak peek into their forthcoming third album. Scheduled for release on June 21st, this song is poised to make waves with its unique blend of nostalgic influences and contemporary energy. “Empty Bottles” opens with an infectious keyboard riff courtesy of Alex Gitlin, immediately transporting listeners to the heyday of 70s rock. The song draws inspiration from a variety of genres, including garage, proto-punk, early heavy metal, and psychedelic rock, creating a sound that feels both familiar and refreshingly original. Al Nahabedian’s guitar work adds depth and grit to the mix, while Kenne Highland’s bass lines and Al Hendry’s drumming provide a solid foundation for the track. Julie Gee and Sharon Crumrine’s backing vocals add an extra layer of richness and texture, enhancing the song’s overall impact.

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“Empty Bottles” delves into the theme of isolation and the challenges faced during the 2020 lockdowns. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a world where people were afraid to stand too close to one another, capturing the sense of loneliness and uncertainty that permeated society during that time. Despite the somber subject matter, the song offers a message of hope and resilience, encouraging listeners to persevere in the face of adversity. The band’s influences are evident throughout the track, drawing inspiration from iconic 70s British glam rock bands like Sweet, Slade, Mud, and Mott the Hoople. This homage to the past is balanced with a modern sensibility, resulting in a sound that feels both timeless and fresh. “Empty Bottles” is a testament to Mad Painter’s ability to seamlessly blend different musical elements, creating a sound that is uniquely their own.

The recording process for “Empty Bottles” took place in Peabody, MA, with Thomas Hamilton at the helm as producer. Hamilton’s expertise shines through in the polished yet raw sound of the single, capturing the essence of Mad Painter’s live performances while adding a layer of studio polish.  “Empty Bottles” is a captivating single that showcases Mad Painter’s musical prowess and artistic vision. With its infectious hooks, evocative lyrics, and dynamic instrumentation, this song is sure to resonate with fans old and new alike. As a preview of their upcoming album, “Empty Bottles” sets the stage for what promises to be a thrilling musical journey from Mad Painter.

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