Who are The Bloody Painters and what do they want from us?

Dear Friends,

We need to tell you something.

Our show on May 7th at Shea Stadium will be unlike any show we've played before and are likely to play again. There's a lot of mystery around this show, and we'll tell you why momentarily. But first, here's what we know so far:
-The show will directly involve a shadowy group called The Bloody Painters. But who they are, to what extent they will be involved and what they will do and why, we do not know
-Our set will be comprised mainly of our earliest material and songs that we RARELY play live. Some of these songs we haven't played in 5+ years.
-There will be a lot of surprises. For everyone involved.

Some background:
On November 21, 2015, while we were in the throes of our Kickstarter campaign, we were alerted that we had received a sizable donation from an entity called The Bloody Painters. The Kickstarter reward they selected was one of our favorites: "Like Bloody Royalty". Here's the description of the reward:

"First, you will be asked to provide us with a Royal Decree of your chosen set list of 7 Not Blood Paint songs. It will be our honor to play you said songs, or it's off with our heads!

On the night of the big show, we dress you up with us pre-show and escort you to the venue. You will be delicately placed upon your throne on stage with us. You will be offered a succulent meal of roast chicken. You will ring a bell every time your goblet needs refilling. Throughout the night, Not Blood Paint will keep the masses at bay and help you navigate all political scandals!

*Sharable! If this reward is redeemed by two people, BOTH the king and the queen will join us for the adventure (NYC only)."


We were intrigued and baffled. Who were they? What did they want? Were they actual royalty? It was soon thereafter we realized we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into.

In the subsequent weeks, we reached out to The Bloody Painters to gather some information necessary for us to fully deliver on the reward. Communication with the group has been very minimal, rather cryptic and has mostly come from someone called, simply, The Caretaker, Esquire, who we gather is a less-than-willing accomplice to this group's goings-on.

Any investigation into who, or what, this group is came up fruitless. They have very little presence online. And we presume they only communicate through encrypted messaging and burner phones.

We even offered of a rendezvous on a boat, under cover of darkness. They predictably declined, though they did send a very strange "ambassador" who said nothing, but presented us with a very beautiful, if discomforting, gift.

They did, in fact, comply with our request for them to provide a setlist. And much to our surprise, it was as follows:

Maxwell's Daughter
Bear Battle of Wolf Crystals pt. 2
Codes Swans Tigers
Birdstrike
Fire!
Taking Root
Lightbulb Blind

Now, you may or may not know that most of these are songs we effectively never play live. Three of them are from our very first EP from 2009. Needless to say, we had to relearn a lot of these songs. That, we're assuming, is of little matter to The Bloody Painters. Why these songs? Why now?

Recently, as the show draws near, we have reached out again, asking if they would name their Royalty. Again, they have declined, stating merely that the Royal will be known on site and to prepare accordingly. What does this mean? They will provide no further information.

All this to say that Saturday May 7th will be very unpredictable and, it's safe to say, very entertaining. We hope you will join us for this very particular evening. Be with us for the adventure of discovering this mysterious group. The stakes are ratcheting up daily and allegiances are very unclear to us at this point. We have no idea what these people, if they are even people at all, are capable of. We'll need you to be our watchdogs. Besides, you’re probably gonna wanna see this go down.  

We'll keep you updated with any developments as this situation unfolds. And if you have any information you'd like to share with us regarding The Bloody Painters, please, contact us immediately.

Yours truly,

NOT BLOOD PAINT

Posted on April 29, 2016 .