Recently, it seems like a lot of groups have been coming out of Virginia. While I am having trouble figuring out if it is a scene in a traditional sense or if a bunch of talented people happen to currently be in Virginia, it is sort of irrelevant. One of the standout bands is Facepaint, who are from Blacksburg. Their most recent, if not their first, release is straightforwardly titled Facepaint E.P., which is charmingly unassuming. The E.P. is really enjoyable in its entirety, and it’s free which is a plus. Their sound is rather hard to describe, but it is somewhere between Rare Grooves, Television and The Replacements in a surprisingly gentle way. “Sleepover” starts out with a riff that wouldn’t be out of place in a Ventures song. This riff is the foundation of the tune, and all of the other parts either compliment or stem off of it. The vocals, which remind me a lot of Tom Verlaine, make the song really interesting. As I said earlier, it’s difficult to articulate what exactly is special about Facepaint, but maybe that makes them all the more enticing.