Painted Saints and paul fonfara fall into the realm of spaghetti western/heroin klezmer/sad bastard chamber folk music and write tin can and twine romances in a color of rust with backdrops of long wind swept open roads framed by tangled barbed wire and naked telephone poles. Their songs are of ashtray broken hearts and lansdscapes of beauty and sorrow borrowing harmonies from old eastern europe, the desert southwest and the sentiments of working class rust belt americana. They also really like long winded and pompous descriptions. Paul fonfara was a member of devotchka, the Denver gentlemen, touring member of woven hand and jim white who went out on his own featuring the talents of many of his denverite friends including kelly o'dea, ian cooke, ordy garrison, and mike brown recorded by mr. john rumley. Company town takes many of these influences and runs from long sweeping string arrangements to trip hop to minimal country beat poetry.
contraptions and cigarettes
cardboard and silence saved us again
barbed wire and tin
miles of twine
the volvo king of new york
every time i smile wrong
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