Paint Branch, the new band from former Q & Not U bandmates John Davis and Chris Richards, has released its first single. The track, “Brighton Beach,” will appear on the band’s debut album, I Wanna Live, which drops on Jan. 8, 2013.
An aside for those not familiar with suburban Maryland: The band, like Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Md., takes its name from a 14-mile stream that runs through Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Brown trout still live in the stream, thanks to its cold temperature and low pollution.
Paint Branch, the band, comes after years of abbreviated projects for both Richards and Davis. Davis used to front Georgie James—-which disbanded in 2008—-and he still makes music with power-poppers Title Tracks; under the name Ris Paul Ric, Richards recorded a solo album with Tim Hecker in 2006. (Disclosure: I’m friends with Davis’ wife, Mollie, as well as Richards.)
This collaboration has been in the works for a while now. The two of them ambled down memory lane at the Writer’s Center Story/Stereo series in 2010, performed an acoustic set at the American Art Museum about a year ago, and played at Joe’s Movement Emporium in March.