Mike Bankhead/Paint Splats – Defacing the Moon (split)

Who: Mike Bankhead/Paint Splats
What: Defacing the Moon
When: November 9, 2019
Format: CD
Online: Mike Bankhead

Brandon Berry and Mike Bankhead take divergent paths when it comes to songwriting, but they both wound up at Reel Love Recording Company along the way. Patrick Himes engineered this split album, and also did a fair amount of chipping in with instrumentation. The Paint Splats - as Brandon's project is called - and Mike Bankhead are pleased to present Defacing the Moon on compact disc. Two songwriters with two different approaches to be sure, but the result is a strangely coherent collection of songs. Turn it up!


Mike Bankhead

Mike Bankhead is a bassist and songwriter who grew up in Xenia. He released his debut album, Echo in the Crevices, in the summer of 2017. That album displayed his appreciation for crunchy guitar, occasional dissonance, and hooks. Mike is currently hard at work recording songs for his second full-length album. For now, the distorted guitars take a back seat to diverse instrumentation featuring piano, but also including synth, violin, and accordion. The lyrics are honest and somewhat confessional, being inspired by lived experiences: watching a parent suffer through health problems, facing self-doubt, dealing with depression, speaking to a loved friend.

The Paint Splats

One cup Americana, three teaspoons faux-punk, add in a stream of consciousness lemon-based lyrical dressing and a blues-pop crumble and you get The Paint Splats. With a melting vat of genre-fluid influences, it’s allowed Brandon Berry, the main creative force behind the band, to splatter dyes across the canvas to paint a quirky, yet tasteful musical adventure. Along with the Mike Bankhead split release, The Paint Splats will be releasing their first full-length, self-titled album by the end of 2019.