Swapping melancholia for authority, Floodlights command attention with impressive, honest new album ‘Painting Of My Time’

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Swapping melancholia for authority, Floodlights command attention with impressive, honest new album ‘Painting Of My Time’

Credit: Ian Laidlaw
Words by Alex Callan

Painting of My Time encapsulates the sonic and personal progression of the group.

Considering we’ve already seen stellar releases from Civic; Watty Thompson and Tropical Fuckstorm this early on in the year, it seemed 2023 was already in pretty good stead to go down in history as ‘the year of the neo-Australian songbook’.

Well, it’s not a question anymore, Floodlights have just guaranteed it will. 

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Equally stark and delicate, Painting Of My Time reaffirms the power and urgency the Melbourne-based outfit adorned listeners with on 2020’s debut From A View. This time, though, the Aussie rock upstarts have swapped melancholia for authority, with their second release presenting a much more lively sound through its combinations of new age post-punk modernism and 70’s pub rock flair. 

With lyricists Ashlee Kehoe and Louis Parsons’ sharp songwriting abilities expressing a blue-collar wryness and acting as the pillar to Parsons’ assertive, spoken vocal delivery, Floodlights have a sound that commands your attention.

‘Wide Open Land’ grabs you with dazzling trumpets, unrelenting drum fills and riotous bellowed choruses; ‘Human’ adds twanged art-punk guitar licks combined with Midnight Oil-esque surf-rock swagger; whilst ‘On A Television’ provides for a contrasting moment, with Kehoe adding nonchalant grunge spite to her vocals that’ll undoubtedly go down well in the up-and-comers live sets.

Though considering Painting Of My Time highlights more prose than many of the Aussie rock acts to pave the way before them, it seems unfair to refer to Floodlights as up-and-comers anymore. 

And the proof is here, following a successful live stint at SXSW, the Melbourne band will be heading out on a Painting of My Time album tour. This expansive run of dates, their largest tour to date, will see them take off across the country, playing live from Castlemaine to Alice Springs, Margaret River to Adelaide, the Sunshine Coast to Sydney, and much more in between! 

“It feels surreal to be playing music all around the country for our first national tour. We are especially looking forward to heading back to the NT as well as doing our first headline shows in WA. We can’t wait to play these songs in places that have made us everything we are,” says Louis Parsons.

Floodlights Album Tour Dates 2023

Friday, 26 May – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Saturday, 27 May – Lion Arts, Adelaide, SA

Friday, 2 June – Alice Springs Brewing, Alice Springs, NT

Sunday, 4 June – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Wednesday, 7 June – La La La’s, Wollongong, NSW

Thursday, 8 June – VIVID, Sydney, NSW

Friday, 9 June – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, 10 June – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Sunday, 11 June – Volta, Ballarat, VIC

Thursday, 15 June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Friday, 16 June – Mos Desert House, Gold Coast, QLD

Saturday, 17 June – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Sunday, 18 June – Bangalow Bowlo, Bangalow, NSW

Friday, 23 June – Settlers, Margaret River, WA

Saturday, 24 June – Badlands, Perth, WA 

Sunday, 25 June – Mojos, Fremantle, WA 

Pre-order Painting of My Time here.