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by Craig Bechtel
Someone (not me!) should do a study on the commonalities in bands that break up before releasing their final album, and now we can add to that pool of relevant research subjects Ultimate Painting, the London-based duo comprised of Jack Cooper (Mazes) and James Hoare (Veronica Falls).
Originally, UP! was scheduled for an April release, but Cooper announced on February 12 that the group was breaking up and he had asked their current label, Bella Union (run by Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins fame) to not release it.
When announcing their “irreconcilable breakdown,” Cooper indicated that his partnership with Hoare (both of whom are songwriters, vocalists and guitarists), was always “a very fragile thing” and even on their three original releases, that delicate sense of fragility was an intangible, ineffable through-line that made all of their music something wonderful to hear.
All the way from the UK, the band Ultimate Painting joined us for an exclusive live session while on tour supporting White Fence and Twerps this spring. Featuring members of Veronica Falls and Mazes, the band was joined by Anthony Cozzi of Radar Eyes on bass for this exclusive performance!
Recorded and engineered by Mike Lust (Manor Mobile), this session features James Hoare on guitar/vocals, Jack Cooper on guitar/vocals, Neil Robinson on drums, and Anthony Cozzi on bass. Video and editing by Big Foot Media.
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