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San Francisco, CA, United States (1989 – 2003)

Red House Painters was an band from San Francisco, CA, United States, formed in 1989 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 titled 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 ”Red House Painters I” or “Rollercoaster” and ”Red House Painters II” or “Bridge” (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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  • sarinasingh

    "Who is everyone's favourite Red House Painter? Mine is probably Mark." lol

    21 Jun 11:35pm Reply
  • ZelosWilder88

    Hearing about how much of a macho asshole Mark is really dampens my love of his music...

    5 Jun 7:17am Reply
  • AngelOfDARK666x

    lord kill the pain

    31 May 4:15pm Reply
  • polymathiae

    so great...

    9 May 1:40am Reply
  • helloimjoshua

    @yuggoth that's not true, it has the second most

    1 May 2:17am Reply
  • Phoenixme

    If you don't get the box set I'd be happy to kill you.

    28 Apr 10:36pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    had no idea about the boxset. looks like its too late now. welp

    24 Apr 2:49pm Reply
  • rewinddude

    Anyone manage to get the boxset?

    22 Apr 5:48pm Reply
  • ButTheRegrets

    If I don't get the boxset on RSD I'm gonna kill myself [999999999999999999]

    13 Apr 2:59pm Reply
  • yuggoth_spider

    To me at least, Rollercoaster is the quintessential RHP album, which makes it weird that it has fewer listeners than the others, even when you take into account all the different names under which it's been scrobbled.

    10 Apr 3:25am Reply
  • neckermanncj

    Okay, so what's the deal with the boxset? will it only be available to purchase in person from record stores on the release date? I would rather just pre-order it via an online store insread. The 4AD website posts about it doesn't make it very obvious.

    2 Mar 9:30pm Reply
  • notcarbonated

    If I don't get the boxset on RSD I'm gonna kill myself [1]

    25 Feb 5:49am Reply
  • BushmanBeats

    If I don't get the boxset on RSD I'm gonna kill myself

    24 Feb 10:48pm Reply
  • woobweto

    Want this new LP-boxset.

    24 Feb 5:15pm Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    I still think otherwise

    8 Feb 3:20pm Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    Rollercoaster is so much better than Down Colorful Hill [1] this but medicine bottle is 10/10

    21 Jan 1:52pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    Rollercoaster is so much better than Down Colorful Hill

    7 Jan 9:10pm Reply
  • Burksta

    Top 5: 1. Katy Song 2. Uncle Joe 3. Moments 4. Headsore (demo) 5. Funhouse

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CornishGhost

    can't go with my heart when i can't feel what's in it </3

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
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