Paint Branch’s ‘Brighton Beach’ Video Is Packed With Seaside Nostalgia
Former Q and Not U members make pretty music
Former Q and Not U dudes John Davis and Chris Richards may not be blasting our skulls with shards of angular art-addled post-punk anymore, but their Paint Branch project packs its own subtle wallop. Most recently, we heard the duo’s low-key, harmony-filled “I Wanna Live,” and when we first met PB it was by way of their sun-kissed song “Brighton Beach.” That mournful strummer with the slight cowpunk lurch now comes back to us in video form via the above Scott Mueller-directed clip. As the track appears to document the end of an important chapter in our host’s life, it’s fitting that these visuals are steeped in nostalgia — coastal scenes filtered through the Super 8 film grain of memory. “Brighton Beach” hails from the pair’s debut LP I Wanna Live, which is currently streaming in full (and available for a name-your-price download) via Paint Brush on Bandcamp. Here’s a bonus acoustic sesh of “Vanishing Act” for your enjoyment.