The Red Paintings are an orchestral art rock band originally formed in Geelong, Victoria but who have been based over the last few years in Los Angeles, United States. The band consists of lead vocalist and songwriter Trash McSweeney on guitar, sequencing and samples, with a revolving lineup across the globe. McSweeney drives all the band's musical and staging concepts. The current touring line up as of 2013 is Alix Kol (violin, vocals); Mitch McLennan (bass), Andy Davis (drums) and Emma Baker (cello).
The band is known for their unique, confronting and intense themed performances incorporating elements of theatre and art, often dubbed "orchestral sci-fi art rock". Band members often dress in elaborate themed costumes, ranging from geisha outfits, alien costumes and more recently, sea creature/Neptune themes. They employ elaborate and eccentric stage props to support their shows, varying from statues, giant robots, children's toys, literary and Tim Burton-themed props and self-made video projections. They often invite members of the audience to paint on blank canvasses during their shows, and sometimes "human canvases" are painted on instead.
The band has a strong underground fanbase in Australia and the United States, and their debut studio album was produced almost entirely on fan donations. Their many costumes, props and street performances are often organised and produced with help from their large volunteer street teams. They are also known for their vocal support of animal rights issues, and in particular, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.