Mad Painter – “Empty Bottles”


A new single from Boston-based band Mad Painter, “Empty Bottles” presents a rousing, no-frills rock entrancement with nostalgic passion — drawing from a party-set, ’70s rock contagiousness, in the vein of Mott the Hoople. The track precedes Mad Painter’s upcoming third album. Confident vocals, steady guitars, and shimmering organs exude a celebration of independence and perseverance. “This song delivers hope to all those who want to persevere in the face of adversity – you will succeed in the end,” the band explains.

“Empty Bottles” kicks into gear with a playful synth line and pulsing guitar nostalgia, invoking an anthemic rock appeal into the “empty bottles on the table,” vocal commencement. A rockabilly familiarity persists in the nostalgic guitars and debonair vocal drive, as the “no more people, no more trains,” recollections bring forth a free-spirited invigoration — reflected further in the “you can do everything that you want,” enthused escalation. The “everything will work out fine,” culminating reassurances venture seamlessly into the title-touting hook, arising infectiously into the track’s satiating conclusion.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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