Painted Highways

Painted Highways

A labor of love

Painted Highways. The tightly knit community of musicians on the island of Oahu consist of so many artists that have moved from the continental United States to find a home in paradise. Painted Highways is no different.

A band that began playing together for the love of creating original music and grew from there. Using influences like the Cure, RadioHead, The Pixies, Neil Young and Modest Mouse to splash your auditory hunger for something soothing and  groovy. The’ve got that indie 90s sound down pat and their song “Razorblade” reminds me of newer alternative from the likes of Bon Ives mixed with The Replacements.

Painted Highways is made up of Mark Howard (guitar/Vocals/Piano), Mike Pooley (Guitar/Vocals), Kai Salus (Bass/Keys) and Jack Tawil (Drums). These boys have been together since 2009 and opened for such bands as The Vivian Girls, Blitzen, Trapper and Toro y Moi.

A lightly psychedelic mishmash of alternative generations between the 80’s and the 90’s, the original tunes written by all the band members can be found on their Digital Self Titled album, and downloaded for free, but help support a great band by donating what you can. The reason they’re able to offer their Digital EP for free? Because they created it for free.

With the help of their friend Lock Lynch at Mele Studio at Honolulu Community College recording some of the tracks for free and borrowing equipment and studio space from Mountain Apple Company they finished recording.  With connections in the right spot, they were able to finish mixing at Soul Sound Studio for free and had it mastered.

As mentioned before, the Honolulu musician crowd is tightly knit, each helping one another out through networking and offering a spot on the venue. Painted Highways is definitely a band you want to support.