After playing two shows at Third Man Records over the past year (a rare feat), buzzworthy London duo Ultimate Painting are set to return to Music City once more this weekend, Nov. 26 at The High Watt, for their first Nashville show since the release of fanatic third album, Dusk. A nostalgic, psych-tinged callback to an era of guitar-driven indie rock, the group are well-matched with support from similarly hyped up and comers EZTV and Nashville’s own Promised Land Sound. Tickets for this stellar show are still available right here, so grab yours now and read on for details!
Made up of Mazes’ Jack Cooper and Veronica Falls’ James Hoare, London’s Ultimate Painting formed in 2014, when the co-frontman and longtime friends were on tour together in their respective former projects. Though relatively new, the group have released three full-lengths in just as many years (as well as a live album recorded last year at Third Man Records), earning praise for their laid back, retro, psychedelic, and poppy indie sound and earnest, conceptual writing style. Since their self-titled debut, the band, who perform live with the assistance of a rhythm section, have toured the globe, taking an artsy and eclectic approach to their substantive and nostalgic sound, and pulling on their years of experience in other projects to craft a compelling live show and swiftly amass a loyal following. If you didn’t catch one of their two outings at Third Man, you’ll definitely want to see the group live in celebration on their latest and best album yet, Dusk!
Returning just a month after supporting Whitney at Exit/In, Brooklyn’s EZTV, like Ultimate Painting, are relatively new, but already prolific and buzzworthy, honing a jangly, nostalgic, pop rock sound over the course of their 2015 debut LP and this year’s self-produced followup, High in Place, which includes guest spots from big names like Jenny Lewis. With a warm, analog, wistful quality, the trio, helmed by Ezra Tenenbaum, are quickly becoming press darlings, and their live show and growing hype seems primed to land them on the festival circuit next year. Perfectly suited for this bill, the group are a must-see up and coming act, and are guaranteed to delight fans of Ultimate Painting.
PROMISED LAND SOUND
Since the release of their sophomore album, For Use and Delight, just over a year ago, marking a shift from more southern inspired garage rock to a broader, psychedelic-tinged sound, Nashville’s own Promised Land Sound have been racking up critical praise, sharing the stage with acts like Natalie Prass and Alabama Shakes, and further cementing their reputation as local artist to watch, clearly on the verge of becoming Music City’s next big breakout rock and roll success. Friends since their teenage years, the group formed while playing together in other local projects, and made a splash with their 2013 debut. With a versatile sound and a well-honed live show, they’re sure to set the bar high for an amazing evening of diverse music.
Ultimate Painting, EZTV, and Promised Land Sound will perform Saturday, Nov. 26 at The High Watt. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10-12.