Red House Painters

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Once described by the New Musical Express as ‘the most intensely sad and beautiful new band of 1992’, this American indie band’s carefully sculpted, highly impressive work has hardly been over-publicized. Band leader Mark Kozelek (24 January 1967, Massillion, Ohio, USA) hates to do interviews, and is even less fond of having his picture taken, despite which he has continually basked in critical adoration. Allegedly addicted to drugs at the age of 10, he was admitted to a rehabilitation centre at 14. His way out of this misery was music, though he still remained an outsider in whatever community he lived, spending most of his time in his bedroom. He possesses a beautifully rich yet melancholic voice, uncannily similar to that of Moby Grape’s Peter Lewis. He had previously formed his first band, God Forbid, in Massilon, Ohio, USA, before moving to Atlanta. There he met drummer Anthony Koutsos and formed the Red House Painters. When they relocated...

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