right before a crowd of 9 gathered around the entrance to witness some badass boys do their Uck punk thing. There were PBR's and a conversation about early hip-hop influences flowing where the likes of Wu-tang and Krs-one were mentioned. Soon after, paint fumes arrived and began to set up equipment. Elijah discovered a power string on his guitar had broken, but luckily had a spare on hand. it was in that moment i realized that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Prior to a quick google search, I had never heard their music. in between all the chaos of setting up, i noticed josh's naturally curly gray locks which first popped on the scene at year 18; and decided then would be the best time to ask a few quick questions ...
What are your individual names and What role do you play in 'Paint Fumes' ?
Elijah.. lead guitar and vocals
Brett... lead guitar
I recall meeting Elijah at school in 2011 and gravitated towards his fashion sense. How did you all come together?
B. We met at Sewercide Mansion, did a demo tape, and then he asked if I'd be a part.
J. We met online. Elijah thought I was from Canada. I played at his house (Sewercide Mansion). He asked how much I wanted for playing and I told him 40 bucks for gas. He thought I was coming from Canada for some reason. He's just a little slow sometimes.
Where did you get the name 'Paint Fumes' from?
B. Elijah made it up. I was like "Dude, Do you know how hard it is to come up with a band name and you just nailed it man!". He's probably been thinking about it for years.
E. I like the Ramones a lot and music that makes you feel like you're losing your mind.
can you explain the song writing process?
B. Elijah wouldn't write his lyrics down. Most of the time he would have a melody, but the words come out as gibberish until we perform it live and make it up from there. Sometimes every night it might change, so if we went through a tour we'd be done with a song. It's more feeling based than lyrically based.
What inspires you to do what you do?
B. I do other things to make a living, but this is just the thing I'm best at.
J. I don't know what else to do.
I hear Elijah can puke on command. what other secret skill(s) do you guys have up your sleeves?
E. Blow a bathroom real bad 💩
J. Some wood in my backyard.
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