Still They Die of Heartbreak
Formed in the early 90's, reformed in the later 90's, Painted Thin went through several lineups, releases and Canadian and German tours. For most ofthe group's existence, the core of the band would consist of paul furgale (vocals, bass) and stephen carroll (guitar, vocals). members of the weakerthans, red fisher, i spy, bonaduces, b'ehl, cheerleader, elliot, transonic and others would pass in and out of the band in supporting roles. Blending paul's distinctive vocals and activist lyrics with stephen's nonlinear guitar, the band would gather a world wide fan base as part of the winnipeg punk rock scene that spawned propagandhi, i spy and the weakerthans. Their first CD was the sold out split CD with john k samson (propagandhi, weakerthans) on g7 welcoming committee records. The Painted Thin material from this CD was later released on a 12' from German label, golden arm. The 12' release was followed by a German tour and tour 7'. still they die of heartbreak shows Painted Thin at their pinnacle. The songs are focused and contained bursts of aggression and release, exploring the issues of feminism, veganism, the plight of first nations peoples in Canada and most powerfully, child abuse in 'for sara and me.' the album als contains a cover of the john k samson song, 'story you have heard before' and passages from a zapatista radio broadcast. After still they die...stephen would leave Painted Thin, joining the weakerthans a few months later. Paul continued Painted Thin for one more album, clear plausible stories, released in Germany on golden arm records before calling an end to Painted Thin. Paul went on to play with sixty stories while stephen continues to play guitar in the weakerthans.