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Paint It Black
Jade Tree Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I am a huge Kid Dynamite fan. They were the perfect melding of punk and hardcore into a minute-and-a-half of pure rawk energy. Where other bands have made claims to the punk/hardcore throne, Kid Dynamite were the defining sound of the genre. Let's just say that my interest was more than a little piqued when I found out that two of the members of Kid Dynamite had started a new band. Paint It Black has Kid Dynamite's guitarist Dan Yemin stepping up to the mic and David Wagenshutz taking a break from his current band, Good Riddance, to play drums.

I'm sure this is just another of the countless reviews that start off by noting that Paint it Black contains former members of Kid Dynamite. There is a very good reason for this: Paint It Black sound very similar to Kid Dynamite. Kid Dynamite were known for their terse punk explosions and Paint It Black offers more of the same. Their debut album, CVA, consists of seventeen songs clocking in at a little under nineteen minutes. That's right, a buck and very little change per song. Both bands also share a knack for writing super catchy punk riffs and playing them at super human speed. They're not playing many chords, but the ones they do are loud and fast.

The biggest difference between the bands is the vocals. There's a reason Yemin bowed out of singing for his prior band. Jason Shevchuk's voice complemented the intensity and pace of Kid Dynamite's music. Yemin's voice has a tendency to sound sluggish and feels like it is slowing down the rhythm. He creates a dichotomy of tempo that will have the listener hoping for an eventual equilibrium.

I know this may sound more like a compare and contrast between a defunct band and its new incarnation than a review, but were these bands unrelated, Paint It Black would still undoubtedly be compared to Kid Dynamite. The best advice I can give is that if you are a fan of the former, you probably won't be disappointed with the latter, and vice versa.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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