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.