The Inception of Powderpaint

Brighton Palace Pier at dusk

It is early morning in a seaside town in England in the year two thousand and eighteen. As the sun rises over the water, two figures materialise on the pebble beach, like The Terminator in The Terminator. It is Powderpaint.

A pow(d)erful fusion of indie pop producer Envelope Generator and songwriter/vocalist Shonalika, they emerged, fully formed, into the world, and launched a queer dance pop torpedo squarely at the local six string beatniks.

The Pet Shop Boys

Powderpaint are fresh. Outdated. Timeless. Retro. Eternal. Their sound and image is influenced by 80s disco and Hi-NRG like Scritti Politti, The Pointer Sisters, and queer icons before them like Pet Shop Boys and Florence + The Machine. You're gonna want to get up and dance. You're gonna feel good.

Powderpaint perform on stage in front of a Trans Pride banner. Photo credit: Lollo Popper

Since their live debut at Brighton's anarchist co-operative The Cowley Club in 2018, Powderpaint went on to play Brighton Trans Pride that same year, and were invited back to headline the 2019 festival. The only thing that could stop them from headlining Trans Pride 2020 was an international super plague.

In June 2020, Powderpaint released their first EP full of sizzling synthesizers, funky guitars and retro grooves. The songs covered themes of trans identity, bad relationships, pseudoscience, and an unapologetic celebration of queer people's love and happiness.

Their conquest of the dance pop landscape will continue as they work hard on an album, set to be released some time in 2021, as well as promotional videos for some of the biggest bangers from their EP.

Powderpaint are not yet done with this planet.

Animated GIF close-up of Powderpaint sparkling

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