COVER BAND Paint the Earth
bands usually don't get the respect they deserve. But do these bands
not practice? Do they not have fans? Do their guitar-playing fingers
and their drum-beating and microphone-holding hands not bleed? Well,
of course they do, and Paint the Earth would know. The group is one
of the hardest-working bands in the Lou. In case you haven't noticed,
PTE has been a staple on the cover-band circuit for more than ten
years now. Almost every week its four members entertain St. Louisans
all over the city: at Westport Trainwreck, at Helen Fitzgerald's,
sometimes at the zoo (to name just a few venues). And PTE's covers
of bands like the Cure and Radiohead continually provide just the
right sound no matter what the crowd. And every now and then the musicians
sneak in an original song that blends ever-so-smoothly with the set.
Performing Nirvana in the same set as Coldplay and Weezer alongside
your own songs? Now that takes talent.
riverfronttimes.com | originally published: September 29, 2004