King Louie Bankston has performed in many notable bands over the past 20 years, including the Royal Pendletons, the Persuaders, the Exploding Hearts, the Black Rose Band and the King Louie One Man Band. But with the Missing Monuments' first album, Painted White, he's hit a milestone: It's the first album he's truly happy with.
"It's all there," he says. "(My bands) have had albums where the lyrics were all there, but we recorded in a bathroom. Or sometimes I was in the studio but I didn't have all the nuts and bolts together. This has all of it."
The South's king of power pop, Bankston wanted Painted White to have a clean, solid sound, so after recording it in a house in late 2009, he spent five months in a TV studio mixing the final cut (just released in June 2011).
"I didn't want a low-fi garage-y sound," he says. "You can listen to it low and it's clear. But when you turn it up, it doesn't get fuzzy, it just gets louder. You can go to 11 and it's clear."
The album opens with the slick pop tune "The Girl of the Nite."
"(The sound) is pure pop bubblegum," Bankston says. "It's not me just growling," he adds, referring to his typically more gritty and aggressive lyrics.
The album loosens up with more raucous tunes such as "(It's Like) XTC" and Bankston's favorite, "Dance All Nite."
The Missing Monuments, are getting ready to record a three-song EP before touring the East Coast starting in November.