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San Francisco, United States (1989 – 2003)

Red House Painters was the name of an group formed in 1989 in San Francisco by singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek, who is currently active in the band Sun Kil Moon, with part of the original RHP line-up.

The band is described, along with Low and American Music Club, as one of the linchpins of the movement in alternative rock. Kozelek used this group primarily as a vehicle for his very personal and emotional songs of despair, pain and suffering.

While in Atlanta, Kozelek became friends with Anthony Koutsos, a drummer. He then moved to San Francisco, adding guitarist Gorden Mack and bassist Jerry Vessel to complete the line-up for Red House Painters.

After forming, the group played the San Francisco scene extensively, and recorded demos from 1989 to 1992, building up an impressive amount of material. Once they were signed to 4AD Records in 1992, they put out five-and-a-half LPs worth of material in two-and-a-half years—between September 1992 and March 1995, they released three LPs, one double LP, and one EP on 4AD.

Their first 4AD release was an album made up of select demos entitled Down Colorful Hill. It was a compilation of haunting melodies complemented by Kozelek’s eerie yet rich and emotional vocals. In 1993, the group came out with two self-titled records (now commonly referred to as ”Rollercoaster” or “Red House Painters I” and ”Bridge” or “Red House Painters II” (based on their cover artwork), solidifying Kozelek’s reputation as a talented songwriter with their harrowing autobiographical tales of his troubled life and errant living with no punches being pulled.


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  • loneur

    10/10 excellent background music for crying in a fetal position

    27 Jul 6:59pm Reply
  • mounthopeless

    mark's voice is simply amazing

    26 Jul 4:34pm Reply
  • gloryofze80s

    Good music for when I feel like wallowing in my own sorrow.

    20 Jul 6:52am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Down Colorful Hill... One of the greatest albums of ALL TIMES!

    1 Jun 3:01am Reply
  • Smartypants101

    @ Killer_McHann: hahahahaha

    29 May 1:47pm Reply
  • sumliennie

    Все творчество Марка Козелека - великое. А Red House Painters - это самое великое из его творчества.

    9 May 9:56am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    man why was Red Hot Chili Painters so good? Grace Cathedral Park makes my insides all fluttery and my eyes water.

    4 May 6:14am Reply
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  • Phoenixme

    @roope So many good lines. :)

    27 Feb 6:44pm Reply
  • roope

    @Phoenixme: love that line!

    26 Feb 7:32am Reply
  • Phoenixme

    Where have all the people gone in my life? I'm looking at the ceiling with an awful feeling of loss and loneliness.

    18 Feb 11:41pm Reply
  • Killer_McHann

    "Red House Complainers" - Mark Kozelek

    5 Feb 1:45am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Miserablists make melancholy music.

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Altas nuances melodico-harmonicas supimpassas.

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • honkynut

    trolling on lastfm nowadays seems as low as arguing in youtube [2]

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ericoz

    trolling on lastfm nowadays seems as low as arguing in youtube

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Phoenixme

    @byahigherlove Only Chris Barnes can ejaculate blood. RHP makes you sweat melancholy. Not as epic, sure, but that's just another tragedy for us all to lament in quiet whimpers.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    vv why so serious dude? :P

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • honkynut

    Oh Mark, you jolly japester. You always crack me up.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    @PlzDontBan How? All the albums are vital!

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
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