Painted Shield, featuring Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard, shares new song “Lover Divine”

Author Hernan Osuna - 21.5.2024

Earlier this year, Seattle, WA-based outfit Painted Shield announced details of their forthcoming LP, “Painted Shield 3”, due for release July 26, 2024 via Loosegroove Records. Last week, the band shared “Lover Divine,” following on the heels of the album’s lead single, “Transector.” The band recently headlined their first show at the iconic Paramount Theatre and curated the first House of LSGRV compilation which came out for 2024 Record Store Day.

Painted Shield combines the talents of Pearl Jam co-founder Stone Gossard, folksinger Mason Jennings, drummer extraordinaire Matt Chamberlain, soul innovator Brittany Davis, and renowned guitarist Jeff Fielder. “Painted Shield” was released on Gossard’s newly reactivated Loosegroove label, which had famously released the debut Queens of the Stone Age album back in 1998.

Speaking on the new song, the group’s Mason Jennings said: ““Lover Divine” started as a Stone Gossard guitar riff that producer Josh Evans put through a series of effects. I loved the vibe and was reminded of some conversations Stone and I had had about our love of Egyptology and also our love of the band The Stooges. So I kinda put these two ideas together. The vocal part in the intro was from the bass guitar line I wrote in the chorus. I decided to sing with the bass because I loved how it sounded when Paul McCartney would do that with The Beatles. Then Josh Evans took the bass out and left my vocal bass. Jeff added his bass after that. Brit came up with some killer chords to go with it and Matt brought the punk energy with the drums. The rest is ancient history.”

Gossard says: “Playing with this incredible group is one of my greatest joys. Three records in and we are still turning over all kinds of new soil. This beast of a song starts first and foremost with the insane lyrical propulsion provided by Matt Chamberlain. Then, one by one, the beauty of hearing Mason, Britt, Jeff and Josh Evans’ touch…it makes something wholly original.”

Painted Shield’s debut self-titled album received over 3M streams and sold out their initial vinyl pressing for Record Store Day Black Friday. The album received critical praise from marquee publications like Rolling Stone, Consequence, SPIN, The Seattle Times and NPR’s All Songs Considered.

The band is made up of a collective of musicians that define the word credibility. Pearl Jam founding member Stone Gossard plays guitar alongside acclaimed studio musician Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tori Amos, Pearl Jam), celebrated folk singer Mason Jennings and soul music innovator/keyboardist/vocalist Brittany Davis share lead vocals providing a unique harmony. Brittany made a splash in 2022 when they were selected by NPR for a Tiny Desk performance. The band is filled out by Jeff Fielder who is a distinguished guitarist having worked with the late Mark Lanegan, Duff McKagan, Amy Ray, Indigo Girls, and more.

Pre-order “Painted Shield 3” here.

“Painted Shield 3” Track Listing:

01-Lover Divine
02-The Pleasure
04-Clear Blue Sky
05-She Runs
07-Run ‘em All Down
09-Damn What a Beautiful Man
10-The Getter
11-Versions of Her
12-End in Mind