Whether it’s the nutty twang of the picked guitar notes drenched in chorus or the bouncy bass line that pervades its live show, it’s pretty easy to tell a Thick Paint set when you see it. If that doesn’t do it, the bobbing and yelling of the frontman with hair flowing down past his shoulders should do the trick.
Thick Paint’s music is stirred up out of the vintage synthesizer tones and twinkling guitar riffs heard throughout the project, fronted by Graham Ulicny. After finding moderate nationwide success with Reptar, a psychedelic, synth-heavy pop band out of Athens, Georgia, Ulicny moved to Omaha to be with his partner Sarah Bohling — whom he met after a tour with her band, Omaha’s Icky Blossoms.
From there, Ulicny solidified Thick Paint’s lineup into the full band it is today. Since the project’s initial, drum-machine propelled genesis in 2008, Ulicny, with the help of his crew of bandmates, matured the band into its funky, genre-defying guitar rock sound, a self-proclaimed “skronkpop/noodle-worship.”
Rolling off a westward tour from Omaha all the way to Los Angeles, Thick Paint is gearing up to release its most ambitious recording project to date.
“A Perennial Approach to Free Time” is the band’s first album, and drops this Saturday. Recorded between studios in Omaha and St. Louis, the record features the enigmatic guitar arrangements and entrancing vocal explosions that the band has played live for years and even released in different recordings on the Internet, most of which have been taken down in preparation of the album. The band plans to celebrate the release with a show at Reverb Lounge in Omaha on April 21.
The Daily Nebraskan squeezed into the cracks between Ulicny and his sprawling collection of home studio equipment to chat about Thick Paint and the coming release of “A Perennial Approach to Free Time.”