Painting Rockets are an Edinburgh based pop rock band made up of vocalist Keli Thomson and guitarist Stephen Christie who return with ‘Boys’ to invade our ears with the kind of music we don’t hear enough of coming out of Scotland.
The band recorded part of the track at the famous Abbey Road studios which is proof in itself that they have the potential to go a long way in the industry. With support slots coming up alongside Dream State and Vukovi, you have got to believe that Painting Rockets will succeed in climbing the ladder if they continue to impress us with each release like they have done so far. After delighting us with the arena-worthy Exposed last year, the band are now ready to push ahead with their next EP, release date still to be confirmed.
“Boys” is the feminist anthem we never knew we needed with Keli Thomson declaring “you get given ladders but i’ve got to climb the wall” in a nod towards the battles women in music face trying to reach levels that are handed on a plate to their male counterparts. Keli sings passionately from deep within about how difficult it is being a female musician with constant comparisons, fences to break down and endlessly feeling the need to prove themselves while males in the same role have it easier – “Don’t wanna be pulling at the same chords, to not receive the same awards as boys”
With the infectious sounds of Christie’s guitar mixed alongside the powerful vocals of Thomson, you’ll find yourself whistling the song without even realising it for days to come. It grabs you as rapidly as a forest fire with how catchy the chorus is.
This is one group of rockets that most definitely deserve to take off.