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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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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Track Name: Mike Bankhead - Huns of Doubt
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
Track Name: Mike Bankhead - Sunday (That Pill)
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
Track Name: Mike Bankhead - Convalesce
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
Track Name: Mike Bankhead - Pauline
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

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