Out of the Box Album of the Week--The Districts--Great American Painting
- Written by Paul Shugrue
- Category: Featured - Radio
- Published: 14 March 2022
On their fifth album, “Great American Painting” The Districts' previous experiments have come to fruition.Its exponentially greater than what they’ve done before with big guitars, synths, and songs of social commentary .
Rob Grote is the lead singer and main songwriter and spent most of the pandemic in a reclusive cabin in Washington State. While there aren't many overt references to the lock down the songs celebrate the freedom of the outdoors in a post pandemic kind of way.
The songs all have the quality of being a conversation starter for many of our social ills but there’s not a note of blame or consequence for subjects like gentrification, gun violence and capitalism.
From catchy riffs to cathartic intensity, “Great American Painting” gives an optimistic view of the future. As the final track plays they remind us that though the present may be terrifying, there’s reason to believe that this too, shall pass.