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Defacing the Moon

by The Paint Splats/Mike Bankhead

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The Paint Splats and Mike Bankhead present to you their split album on compact disc, which is nestled comfortably inside a jewel case.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Defacing the Moon via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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These days are driving me mad And just beyond my reach are things that I cannot grasp These thoughts are making the grade A "D" for delicate, but feels like average pain These nights are keeping me up Don't shine the light on me, you know I'm not that tough Those words are breaking my heart With every little breath you're taking this too far Spin around Turn around The Huns of doubt await your fall Keep them out Close the gate Can't you hear? Keening oh the wailing Then comes the screaming Caterwaul
I’ll give you back the gun if you gimme me that pill Quiet all that buzzing in my head Thoughts are rolling by like credits on a film Guess I’ll feel more rested when I’m dead Bury all the trembles and the shaking and the hyperventilation So gimme gimme gimme that pill Chase it with some vodka when I put you in my will All quiet now in no man’s land so run me up that hill I’ll give you back the gun if you gimme that pill So you think it makes me want to cry Music sets the mood but my broken heart is numb Guess someone will fix it when I die Put fire to what’s left of me and feed my ashes to the trees Heart racing through hairpins and needles Chest tight chest tight Sweat bullets and feeling so feeble All right all right
Scrubs of all colors, pain of all kinds Needles and gauges and button up gowns Half of these people are waiting to die In this horrible place where hope gently drowns Professional smiles, professional tones Prevention won't cut you as deep as the cure Maybe it's better to go this alone With your dignity left on a neighboring floor These hallways reek of chemicals and misery Heaped on the growing mountains of debt Pairs well with agony, anguish, anxiety Wilted romaine and a light vinaigrette As you convalesce
Pauline ma petite pourquoi bavardes-tu? Pour mettre des mots avec le sourire des yeux? Pauline ma petite pourquoi chantes-tu? Pour danser, sauter, et jouer avec des jeux? Pauline ma petite qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire? Gonfler des ballons qui flottent dans l'air? Pauline ma petite qu'est-ce que tu aimes lire? Des histoires, mystères, ou des choses qui font rire? Pauline ma petite qui deviendra? Quand tu auras grandit, tu resteras pour moi Pour moi Ma petite


Brandon Berry and Mike Bankhead take divergent paths when it comes to songwriting, but they both wound up at Reel Love Recording Company along the way. Patrick Himes engineered this split album, and also did a fair amount of chipping in with instrumentation. The Paint Splats - as Brandon's project is called - and Mike Bankhead are pleased to present Defacing the Moon on compact disc. Two songwriters with two different approaches to be sure, but the result is a strangely coherent collection of songs. Turn it up!

Mike Bankhead is a bassist and songwriter who grew up in Xenia. He released his debut album, Echo in the Crevices, in the summer of 2017. That album displayed his appreciation for crunchy guitar, occasional dissonance, and hooks. Mike is currently hard at work recording songs for his second full-length album. For now, the distorted guitars take a back seat to diverse instrumentation featuring piano, but also including synth, violin, and accordion. The lyrics are honest and somewhat confessional, being inspired by lived experiences: watching a parent suffer through health problems, facing self-doubt, dealing with depression, speaking to a loved friend.


released November 8, 2019

“R Not U (Dyin’ 2),” “Annie,” “High on Paint Fumes” written by Brandon Berry and recorded on 2” tape at Reel Love Recording Company.

Produced by Patrick Himes & Brandon Berry

Brandon Berry - guitar, bass, GEM, Wurlitzer, taser, vocals
Patrick Himes - guitar, bass, piano, Hammond, synth, bass, tambourine, drums
Brian Hoeflich - drums
John Obringer - tea pot, broom, mouth sounds
Lauren Voegtle - viola

©℗ 2019, Brandon Berry, ASCAP


“Huns of Doubt”, “Sunday (That Pill)”, “Convalesce”, “Huns Again”, “Pauline” written by Mike Bankhead

Produced by Patrick Himes & Mike Bankhead

Mike Bankhead - bass, piano, Rhodes, synth, glockenspiel, vocals
Dustin Booher - vocals
Eric Cassidy - accordion
Patrick Himes - guitar, piano, Hammond, synth, tambourine, vocals
Brian Hoeflich - drums
Brandon Semler - mandolin
Heather York - violin

©℗ 2019, Mike Bankhead, BMI


Engineered & Mixed by Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording Company, Dayton, Ohio.

Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering, Nashville, Tennessee.

Art & Layout by Brandon Berry and Mike Bankhead

Space image courtesy of NASA

Paint splatter courtesy of Jennifer Taylor and Megan Fiely


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Mike Bankhead is a bassist and songwriter from the Dayton, Ohio area. His songs feature crunchy guitar, occasional dissonance, and a love of hooks.

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