Follow the Sun Festival

Paul to headline Follow the Sun Festival, Adelaide

31/08/2014 - 04:16

Set to take place on Sunday, October 5 at the beachside suburb of Glenelg the  Follow the Sun Festival is a celebration of Australian blues and roots music. The inaugural lineup features Paul Dempsey, BONJAH, Dallas Frasca, Benjalu, Lyall Moloney, Tom Richardson, Babylon Burning, Ciaram Granger, Voice Of Trees, James Abberley, Alice Haddey, The Fuller Brothers & Kiki.

Earlybird tickets are $49.95 Earlybird tickets and go on sale this Friday, July 25 at 9am through Oztix.

National Gallery of Victoria

Paul to play Unplugged Live at the NGV this weekend

25/08/2014 - 04:21

The last weeks of The National Gallery of Victoria's 'Unplugged Live Series' see Paul Dempsey and Missy Higgins remain to perform at this wonderful series which mixes up art and music in the beautiful surrounds of the Ian Potter Gallery in Melbourne. This Sunday August 31st see Paul perform at 2pm. Check out all the information HERE


Paul to perform at National Gallery of Victoria

24/08/2014 - 01:26

Paul Dempsey is to play the National Gallery of Victoria Unplugged Series this Sunday August 31st...A winter music series showcasing 10 of Australia's best loved songwriters set amongst classic Australian works in the NGV's Ian Potter Centre. Each Sunday afternoon the public have the chance to hear about the background of a great Australian work of art, followed by a performance from a great Australian musician who will play a handful of songs and also discuss some of the themes and inspirations for their songs. Discussion will focus on comparisons to each week's selected visual work of art, and show the similarities between the two art forms. All details HERE

Paul & Keith

Paul & Keith Urban cover INXS

27/06/2014 - 01:57

Paul Dempsey jumped up with Keith Urban at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne last night for a ripping version of INXS ' Never Tear us Apart' -    photo: @r4punz31

Morning Show June 2014

Paul on The Morning Show - watch here!

27/06/2014 - 01:54

Paul Dempsey performed on The Morning Show this morning ahead of Something For Kate's 20 Year Anniversary tour which kicks off next weekend! Watch it HERE Limited tickets remain to the band's Sydney Enmore Theatre Theatre & 3rd Forum Melbourne shows. But hurry! See for all ticketing & tour information.

PD & Keith Urban

Paul & Keith Urban cover INXS

26/06/2014 - 04:03

Paul Dempsey jumped up with Keith Urban at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne last night for a ripping version of INXS ' Never Tear us Apart' -

Paul at the Fly By

Paul to play Fly By Night show, Fremantle

14/06/2014 - 00:02

ATTENTION PERTH/ FREMANTLE PEOPLE - NEW Paul Dempsey SOLO SHOW ANNOUNCED JULY 5th!  "I learned recently that the future of the Fly By Night Musicians club in Fremantle is in doubt and whilst I dearly hope that the current discussions will resolve in favour of the club renewing it's lease and remaining open as the world-class venue that it has been for thirty odd years, I do not want to miss the opportunity to play in one of my absolute favourite venues for what may be the last time..." PD -   Paul Dempsey will play a very special solo show at The Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle on Saturday July 5th! Tickets on sale now from HERE


Paul at Tanks Arts, Cairns!

13/05/2014 - 04:45

In a rare all ages show, Paul will play Tanks Arts Center in Cairns for one night - next Friday 23rd May! Get information and tickets from HERE

Presentation Night

Paul Dempsey Presentation Night

02/05/2014 - 11:18

Presentation Night is back for a third show! This time with ex-Geelong Cats captain Cameron Ling and Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey having a chat about music, football and life in general on Wednesday, June 4th at the Corner Hotel, Richmond. Check our all the details here Tickets on sale now from HERE  Hurry - this will sell out fast.

Dempsey Double J

Paul helps launch Double J, sister Triple J station...

30/04/2014 - 05:15

Today in Melbourne Paul Dempsey helped lauch Double J, the new digital sister station of Triple J. The new station has now begun broadcasting and features announcers such as Myf Warhurst & Caroline Tran and will re-launch the legendary J Files in August this year, kicking off with Something for Kate. Stay tuned for more information on this...

Paul & Hunters & Collectors

Say Goodbye

14/04/2014 - 01:10

After an eleven week tour with Something for Kate, British India, You Am I & Diesel, Paul Dempsey was extremely honoured to join Hunters & Collectors on stage at their final performance at Melbourne's Palais Theatre. Thank you H & C.  Photo: The Brianstorm Project

PD Triple M Miley Cyrus

Paul tackles Miley Cyrus...

10/04/2014 - 10:55

Paul Dempsey takes up the musical challenge at Triple M Melbourne & covers Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'. Watch it HERE

Spicks n specks

Paul coming up on Spicks & Specks

04/04/2014 - 05:43

Paul Dempsey will feature on ABC TV's music program, Spicks & Specks in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for the exact details.

Episode 2.

A Discussion with Paul Dempsey Episode 2.

17/03/2014 - 11:12

We're very pleased to present Episode Two of 'A Discussion with Paul Dempsey', a short film shot on Paul's recent 'Shotgun Karaoke' Tour. The film includes interview & concert footage from the final show of the tour at Melbourne's Hi-Fi Bar. View it HERE

Short film Callum Preston

A Discussion with Paul Dempsey Episode 1.

11/03/2014 - 01:46

We're most excited to announce that tonight, Tuesday March 11th at 8pm on Paul Dempsey's facebook, we'll be premiering Episode One of 'A Discussion with Paul Dempsey', a short film shot on Paul's recent 'Shotgun Karaoke' Tour. Featuring live concert footage, the film, shot by Callum Preston | Art and Design, surreptitiously follows Paul around airports, at soundcheck & in his studio along with a candid discussion about the range of covers Paul's done from his teenage years to now amongst much else!


Paul Dempsey for Riverboats

04/02/2014 - 05:28

Paul will join the lineup for next years beautiful Riverboats Festival in Echuca, Victoria February 16th. Check out for all ticketing information.

signed copy


24/09/2013 - 02:22

For a VERY limited time when you pre-order Paul Dempsey's 'Shotgun Karaoke' CD from JB HiFi & Sanity online, you'll get a signed copy! PRE-ORDER CD FROM:


A Show for Casey

23/08/2013 - 22:32

Paul Dempsey will perform solo along with a fantastic line up of Australian bands in this benefit show for Casey Tutungi. Paul Dempsey on stage 5.30pm.

Casey Tutungi’s heartbreaking story has been heard and felt across the country. Fundraising efforts are still crucial to support the 28 year old in receiving the care required after his horrific football accident and resulting spinal injury. Casey and his partner, Bridget, are also preparing for the arrival of their first baby.Some of Australia’s top acts have thrown their weight and musical prowess behind Casey’s cause and will be performing at this special one-off event in Geelong, headlined with a vintage set of classics from You Am I, who will be joined on stage by some very special guests to form an ‘Allstars’ super group.

It’s an all ages show (children 12 and under admitted for free. Over 18’s bring I.D – this is a licensed concert), with a low ticket price of $50 (+ bf).
All proceeds go to The Casey Tutungi Appeal

Tickets from HERE

People of letters

Paul Dempsey - People of Letters

13/08/2013 - 02:16

Women of Letters is a fine evening of literature and correspondence curated by Marieke Hardy & Michaela Mcguire where well known writers, musicians, artists and personalities compose and read out a letter on a different subject each event. Paul Dempsey has been invied to participate in the first People of Letters at MONA, Hobart on Monday September 9th the subject of  "A letter to the thing I wish I'd written." All ticketing information HERE but hurry!

Shotgun announcement


11/08/2013 - 01:13

Announcing the Shotgun Karaoke Tour & EP kicking off October 5th. EP available from iTunes & on CD from record stores October 4th.


PD Announcement

09/08/2013 - 02:25

 Check back here on Monday August 12th to find out what he's up to...


PD Back in the studio....

31/07/2013 - 03:21

Paul's back in the studio at the moment... All will be revealed soon...

Guitar picks

Win PD & SFK guitar picks

26/07/2013 - 03:05

For the past week we've been running a competition on Paul Dempsey's facebook page where each day you can win a set of customised Something for Kate & Paul Dempsey guitar picks. These picks have been made for the band over the last decade or so by the lovely folks at Grover Allman as gifts for the band. You cannot buy these. The competition will now run until Tuesday 30th July and all you have to do is 'like' Paul Dempsey's facebook page and leave a comment on the competition post so we can contact you!

PD Shotgun


20/05/2013 - 11:29

Whilst on the current Something for Kate tour, Paul Dempsey decided that when the mood took him, he'd play a different cover backstage before the show each night. Here's what he's done so far... Shotgun Karaoke #1, Shotgun Karaoke #2 Shotgun Karaoke #5

PD Spiegeltent


14/05/2013 - 04:57

Paul Dempsey recently performed a special show at Melbourn'e Spiegeltent as part of the The Story So Far  concert series where he talked about & performed his favourite song of all time, answered questions about his lyrics, his inspiration and discussed his life's work so far - amongst a whole lot more. You can see a good snippet of this amazing evening in the clip HERE


04/04/2013 - 02:17

Paul Dempsey is excited to be a guest on the next episode of ABC TV's The Book Club talking about his favorite novel, 'Infinite Jest' by David Foster Wallace. The show is at 10pm on the first Tuesday of the month - May 7th. Check it out HERE 

Star- Crossed Citizens

Announcing The Star-Crossed Cities Tour

29/01/2013 - 05:01

Something for Kate announce The Star-Crossed Cities Tour for May/June 2013. See  for all ticketing details. Join the mailing list to receive the pre-sale password so you can secure tickets before the general sale on Feb 4th 2013.



01/10/2012 - 12:06

Paul Dempsey & Something for Kate have finally released their long awaited sixth album on CD, vinyl & online...

LYSTS pre-order

Pre-order Leave Your Soul to Science!

03/09/2012 - 07:25

Pre-order the brand new Something for Kate album HERE

album sfk

SFK TO RELEASE leave your soul to science

24/08/2012 - 11:30

Paul Dempsey & Something for Kate have revealed that they will release their brand new album, titled Leave Your Soul to Science, on September 28th 2012. The first single from the album is titled Survival Expert and has just been released via iTunes. You can buy it HERE. The band are about to make an announcement regarding a national tour on Triple J's breakfast show on Monday 27th August. As the recent shows sold out in minutes, to access pre-sale tickets for the tour before they go onsale to the general public, join the Somehting for Kate mailing list HERE.


SFK and PD in Texas

Paul & Something for Kate recording new album in Texas

28/05/2012 - 23:09

Paul Dempsey & Something for Kate ware currently in  Dallas, Texas to record their brand new album with U.S producer John Congleton. ( Explosions in the Sky, The Walkmen, St Vincent, Okkervil River ) The album, which is yet to be titled, is expected to be released later in the year.
The band will be blogging from the the studio on, posting snippets of what they're working on plus posting photos on their instagram account and generally keeping you up to date with progress on the album.

Stay tuned to the website & facebook for further information...

SFK 2012


11/04/2012 - 10:09

After touring solidly for his  solo album, Something for Kate's Paul Dempsey returned to Australia some months ago to begin work on the new Something for Kate album with bandmates Stephanie Ashworth & Clint Hyndman. The album will be the 6th studio album for the band and will be the first release since 2007′s The Murmur Years - The Best of Something for Kate 1996-2007.
The three have been working away in the studio in Melbourne writing and recording demos for the new record which is set for release in 2012.
As the writing period nears completion, details will soon be announced regarding the album recording. In the meantime though, we are very excited to share this rare little video snippet of Paul & the band in the rehearsal room in the midst of writing/rehearsing for the upcoming album. Click HERE to view. Something for Kate also have a new temporary site while the brand new site is being completed so check that out at  We'll be posting pics, blogs, video and music from thw studio as the band work on the album.

Audiotree, Chicago


21/03/2012 - 00:31

Watch this fantastic & intimate one hour live video performance Paul did for Audiotree, a live music internet broadcaster from Chicago. A very informal set up, the performance has lots of chatting and an interview. Enjoy!

SFK instagram


01/02/2012 - 08:38

There's now a Something For Kate Instagram account where Paul & the band will be posting pics straight from the studio as they work on the new album.. & anywhere else that takes their fancy.. Its brand new & its a free app for you to join & get the images immediately!



18/01/2012 - 00:09

Paul is currently back in Australia writing with Clint & Stephanie for the upcoming Something for Kate album, which will be the band's 6th studio album. Keep an eye here, on and on the Something for Kate facebook page for all the latest photos & news on the progress of the new album.

New Years Eve


07/12/2011 - 01:25

Paul plays this New Years Eve at The Espy in Melbourne with his full band -  Also joining Paul on the lineup are Jebediah, Big Scary, Stonefield, Violent Soho plus many more, tickets are available now from HERE



26/11/2011 - 03:47

If you missed the recent They Will Have Thier Way tour, you can at least watch some highlights from this fantastic tour from the Sydney Opera House right HERE!



06/11/2011 - 04:01

The They Will Have Thier Way tour has commenced at Melbourne's stunning Palais Theatre, which saw Paul doing duets with Sarah Blasko and Clare Bowditch along with performing a great selection of Finn classics in solo mode backed by the excellent band. Catch the tour as it travels around the nation - while many of the shows have sold out you can still purchase tickets to selected shows. Click HERE for all information.

Photos Tone Deaf


04/11/2011 - 07:41

Check out photos of Paul's recent solo shows in Melbourne & Sydney courtesy of &

melb fest


09/10/2011 - 04:16

Paul plays Melbourne Festival event 'Notes From The Hard Road And Beyond' at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday 22 October.  Paul will join the legendary  Mavis Staples, Joss Stone, Emmanuel Jal and Rickie Lee Jones together with The Black Arm Band to perform an incredible finale to the festival. Dont miss this! 'Notes From The Hard Road And Beyond'

Tickets available from the Arts Centre I 1300 182 183  
Festival packages are available through Ticketmaster 

pd drake


18/09/2011 - 01:42

Paul and his band head to Toronto, Canada for their first full band show on Saturday October 8th at The Drake Hotel. For tickets and all details click HERE



08/09/2011 - 03:09

Paul goes Geocaching in New York... Check it out HERE

Daniel Bedell photos


24/08/2011 - 04:13

PD was recently a guest of Washington DC photographer/blogger, Daniel Bedell- Check out Paul's interview, live performance & Daniel's photos of Paul HERE  More performances to be posted here soon!


solo shows 2011


10/08/2011 - 03:38

Following the recent U.S release of Paul Dempsey's solo album, Everything is True, Paul takes a break from a packed stateside touring schedule to return to Australia for a series of shows. In addition to taking part in the They Will Have Their Way shows and The Melbourne Festival's Songs from the Hard Road concert, Paul will play his first East Coast solo acoustic shows in over a year. These shows will see Paul road testing new songs from the forthcoming Something For Kate album along with solo material and SFK classics.

Sunday 23th October - Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thurs  3rd November - Annandale Hotel, Sydney

Tickets are on sale this Friday August 12th at 9am AEST from The Corner Hotel Box Office  Or phone 9427 9198  and The Annandale Hotel Box Office or phone 02 9550 1078

tv and radio US


07/08/2011 - 20:04

Paul recently performed on a series of live & streamed TV & radio shows in the Chicago area. If you missed them most are already or soon  will  be available to view as podcasts and archived online episodes on the following sites; Audiotree  Fearless Radio  Rye Bread Radio and The Late Live Show



03/08/2011 - 16:33

Audiotree Live welcomes Paul Dempsey to the studio on Saturday, Aug 6th! Both the audio and video of the session will stream live on at 1pm CST.


29/07/2011 - 00:00

Hello again. Thought it was about time I chimed in again with another little dispatch as there is a fair bit of fun stuff happening over the next few weeks...
Next week I'll be hitting the road with my band for a handful of shows in the midwest. Cleveland, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee.
Last time I was in Cleveland was quite a while ago with SFK where we played to one person and I can tell you -  they fucking loved it. Loved it. So I'm hoping we'll see them again and I'm also expecting a record-breaking turnout (just quietly). If you're in Cleveland on Tuesday then why not come and be a part of history! It's at the Beachland Tavern & Ballroom. Which is near a large lake. So the name is clearly a bit of a stretch. But I digress.
Then on to Chicago for a show at Schuba's which I love and am very much looking forward to getting back to. I like Chicago. Nice town. And it's right next to a really big Lake.
And then we'll be at the University of Wisconsin at Madison where I have also played before (as has none other than Erwin Schrodinger) and I remember it being a particularly good and fun show (although clearly not as good as Schrodinger's - he was offered a permanent professorship immediately after walking offstage!).... It's a really beautiful spot for a show. Outdoors on a nice big terrace and also right by a rather large lake (although they didn't have quite the audacity to call it the University of Wisconsin Beach Campus or something like that)....
And finally on to Milwaukee or to be more precise, Port Washington WI which really isn't very far from Milwaukee and guess what - its another outdoor show and it's next to a really big Lake.
And then there's a whole run up the east coast the following week but I'm not even going to go into that. That might require a whole other blog later on (which I may also use as a debriefing session on my general feelings towards Lakes).
And what else? I've been doing a few things lately that should start popping up online over the next few weeks, interviews and performances and the like, there will be links right here as they come along.
In fact, here's one now.
And I'll also be doing a live set for on Saturday August 6th which will be streamed live from the studio... I'll see if they can arrange a cardboard backdrop of Lake Tanganyika.
And what else? You may already know that I'm heading to Australia in October for the 'They will Have Their Way' Tour and also the Melbourne Festival's 'Notes from the Hard Road' show, both of which I am very excited about (I've always wanted to play at the Myer Music Bowl!) but stay tuned to this space for news about a couple of other things in the next week or two...
Well, that's about it for now. Thanks for reading/listening/giving a shit and hope to see you at a show somewhere soon!


they will have their way


11/07/2011 - 18:39

Paul features in They Will Have Their Way, The Songs of Neil & Tim Finn November 2011 National Tour throughout Australia. Tickets are on sale now and are selling fast with extra shows announced for Melbourne & Sydney For all details on tickets and dates click HERE 



04/07/2011 - 15:59

Paul & his band play a special show at Pianos in New York this Thursday 7th July to launch the U.S release of his album, Everything is True. The band are onstage at 9pm sharp.


02/07/2011 - 23:06

Listen in as Paul plays songs and chats with WSOU's Sunday night Indie program, Campus Buzz. Sunday July 3rd from 8pm on 89.5FM for listeners in New Jersey and NYC or click HERE to listen online!

album nyc


27/06/2011 - 16:31

Well it's about that time again eh? Time I reached out across the internet to let each and every one of you know just how much I care... 'cause y'know sometimes I just get so damn busy and I let things get all on top of me and you and me end up a'fussin'an'a'fightin' 'cause I forget to tell you just how special you are... well not today... this 'blog' is especially for you. And you only. Each and every one of (only) you.... only...
On Monday night I will return in solo acoustic mode for a headlining set at the wonderful IOTA club in Arlington, VA. I played down there with the band last month which was a great time and I'm looking forward to getting back there and I would certainly love you to come down to the show if you're not working late.. at the Pentagon. Or something. There's nothing on TV on Monday night anyway. Is there?...
And whilst in DC I'll also be chatting and playing a few songs live on Voice of America on Monday. And probably going to the Smithsonian all afternoon before the show. Uh-huh. And probably wondering what the Voice of America would sound like if it was y'know... a voice. James Earl Jones? Morgan Freeman? Jeff Bridges? Bobcat Goldthwaite? Wow, there's a blast from the past. What dimly-lit corner of my brain was he hiding in?!... Anyway. Come to the show on Monday night. Because you're special. Or something.
And then - My album Everything is True gets it's official US release on Tuesday June 28 thru Missing Piece! There will be an official parade down 5th avenue and fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge and every Mr Softee van in the city will play the album on repeat all day long instead of that other song... actually there will just be an album launch show at Pianos on July 7th. Just come along to that instead.
And then then then then then... well, have a look below... and thanks.
Monday June 27 - IOTA Club, Arlington VA.
Thursday July 7 - Pianos, New York NY
Tuesday July 19 - Arlene's Grocery, New York NY
Tuesday August 2 - Beachland Tavern, Cleveland OH
Wednesday August 3 - Schuba's, Chicago IL
Thursday August 4 - University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Friday August 5 - Freeport Summer Concert Series, Port Washington WI
Friday August 12 - Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta GA*
Saturday August 13 - Local 506, Chapel Hill NC*
Sunday August 14 - The Red Palace, Washington DC*
Monday August 15 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA*
Wednesday August 17 - Brooklyn Bowl, New York NY*
Thursday August 18 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA*
Friday August 19 - Casa Del Popolo, Montreal QC*
*with Scattered Trees and The Alternate Routes



03/06/2011 - 20:30



29/03/2011 - 15:46

Melbourne artist Stuart Hall has painted this wonderful portrait of Paul for
entry into the prestigious Archibald Prize for 2011.
Well done and good luck Stuart!

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art
awards. JF Archibald's primary aims were to foster portraiture, support
artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Since its inception
in 1921 the prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important
artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell and Brett Whiteley.



28/08/2010 - 15:30

Paul is very excited to return to Australia to play 3 nights at The Speigeltent as part of the Brisbane Festival September 5 - 7th. Tickets are on sale now. Click here for all information.

Living room


09/07/2010 - 12:58

Paul plays next at The Living Room, New York on Friday 9 July at 9pm. This is a free show!



25/06/2010 - 15:10

Paul plays New York's Bowery Electric this Wednesday 30th June at 8pm. See  for all details.


15/06/2010 - 00:00

New York in June...and what's not to like?... The days and nights are warm, there's an early-summer electricity in the overcast sky that simply won't allow you to stay indoors, you have to get outside and walk around all day and all night and just witness it.. minor, every-day events becoming major spectacles... I've crammed an enormous amount into my first week here.. Mostly just running around making sure everything is where I left it - I'm going to have to impose some routine on myself... soon... Had a great show at the Rockwood Music Hall last Tuesday and I'm looking forward to getting back there again on Tuesday 22nd... Meanwhile I'm going to run along and see our friends Kashmir play at the Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night aaaaannnndd... I just started reading my favourite book again... Which is nice.
Alright then.


german tour

Paul to tour Germany & UK in May

05/05/2010 - 02:03

After announcing a 2nd headline show for London in May, we are now also very pleased to announce that Paul will play a selection of shows throughout Germany in May also - The dates are as follows;


May 14 Great Escape ,Brighton

May 15 The Academy ,Dublin IRE (w/ Eskimo Joe)

May 17 Shepherds Bush ,Empire London (w/ Eskimo Joe)

May 18 Monto Water Rats, London  (Headline show)

May 19 Monto Water Rats, London (Headline show)



May 20th- Stereo Wonderland, Cologne, Germany
May 21st - Bar Konvex, Dusseldorf, Germany
May 22nd - Pony Bar, Hamburg, Germany
May 23rd - Intersoup, Berlin, Germany



26/04/2010 - 11:19

Well, the Burning Leaves tour is over and Saturday night's hometown show at the Forum Theatre was a perfect way to finish up and say cheerio for a little while... I want to say a huge thank you to my band, Pat Bourke, John Hedigan and Mike Noga and our crew, especially Clinton Kraus and Stephen Varga, Wizards one and all and a great pleasure to share planes, trains and automobiles with... Also a big thank you to Dan Kelly and his Dream Band and to Papa vs Pretty (both of whom have highly recommended new records imminent) for joining us on this tour and of course - huge thanks to all of you who came along to the shows and made them so memorable and enjoyable as always. I am one lucky bastard.
Until next time, all the best...

PD goes gold


19/04/2010 - 06:57

Our Congratulations go out to Paul Dempsey as  Everything is True goes  Gold.

pd ramble on


14/04/2010 - 08:52

Wednesday evening... Had a wonderful run of shows last week in SA and WA, thanks to all in attendance... I've been feeling about as relaxed and comfortable onstage as I can ever remember feeling and it's been a lot of fun to push/ pull/ articulate/ elucidate/ decipher/ wrench/ extract/ distill something different out of these songs every night.. And to fool around with new things as well... What else can I tell you?.. We're all excited to start our run down the east coast this weekend in Byron, Brisbane and Sydney. Never played the HiFi in Bris before, looking forward to it and the Metro is always a pleasure to play... In other news, our new tour manager, The Great Wizard Cobbler, impressed me greatly when he was able to defy the known laws of physics by being observed to be both in motion and stationary at the same time! True story... He was somehow able to earn himself a fine for being stationary at a stop sign a second too long (and apparently causing obstruction of traffic) and a second fine for running the very same stop sign without stopping (failure to stop at a stop sign)!.. . Now, I've given this much consideration and I will be the first to admit that there is plenty I don't know about quantum super-positions, probability density functions, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle or Schrodinger's wave equations - but I do think there may be a young police officer who should probably submit his findings to the Nobel committee for immediate peer review and award consideration...  Hurrah!

See you on the weekend


us and burning leaves blog


31/03/2010 - 02:19

Morning all... Hope you're well... I have just returned from my adventures

in the New World... Shows around the place were great fun and thanks to

everyone who came along, I'm looking forward to getting back to the Rockwood

Music Hall in NYC in June, I like that place... Saw some great bands at SXSW and

also caught up with our old touring buddies Kashmir which was fun (I believe

their new album is out here now).. No sooner have I arrived home (and got

the cat back on my good side) and we are straight into rehearsals for the

Burning Leaves Tour which begins next week.. It's been a couple of months

since I played with the band and I'm busting to get out and play the songs

with John, Pat and our newest member Mike on the drums - along with some

other things we've been cooking up in rehearsal and maybe even a new song or

two.. I'm excited to play the stuff now that it's been out for a bit and had

some time to sink in (with me as much as anyone else!)... And then it's off

to the UK and Ireland (and possibly elsewhere?) in May before I bugger off

back to the United States of America-land for the rest of the year.. Busy

times.. I like being busy... Hope all is well in your world(s) and hope to

see you in the next few weeks!


Alex Chilton RIP




tour aust & uk


26/03/2010 - 06:06

The Burning Leaves National Australian Tour commences in less than  2 weeks! The tour sees Paul and full band playing predominately city shows around the nation. Paul's shows all have a habit of selling out well before the night so be quick to get your tickets. Paul then hits the UK in May. Here are the dates;



May 14 Great Escape ,Brighton

May 15 The Academy ,Dublin IRE (w/ Eskimo Joe)

May 17 Shepherds Bush ,Empire London (w/ Eskimo Joe)

May 18 Monto Water Rats, London  (Headline show)

Aussie BBQ in New York

24/03/2010 - 11:17

Paul plays at the Aussie BBQ in New York this Thursday March 25th at he Bellhouse in Brooklyn at 8pm.

Spicks and specks


19/03/2010 - 05:08

Paul features on this week's episode of Spicks & Specks - Wednesday 24th March at 8.30pm on the ABC. See HERE for all the details!



US & UK shows Paul Dempsey


11/03/2010 - 02:46

Paul is currently in the U.S to play solo shows at the SXSW festival in Austin Texas as well as his own shows in LA and New York. We are also very excited to announce that Paul will play his own headline solo show in London on May 18 at Monto Water Rats Theatre as well as performing at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Tickets are on sale now for all. Paul will also be joining Eskimo Joe on their London and Dublin shows May . 

Click on each show below for details;


March 14 The Echo, Los Angeles * Paul onstage at 5pm
March 15 Hotel Café, Los Angeles * Paul onstage 8pm
March 17 Valhalla at SXSW, Austin Texas * Paul onstage 8pm
March 18 Block Party at SXSW Austin Texas * Paul onstage 5.30pm
March 19 Wholefoods Market Stage * Paul onstage 12.45pm
March 20 Maggie Maes at SXSW, Austin Texas * Paul onstage 1.00pm
March 23 Rockwood Music Hall, NYC * Paul onstage 9pm
March 25 The Bellhouse Brooklyn, NYC * Paul onstage at 8pm



May 14 The Great Escape, Brighton UK

May 15 The Academy, Dublin Ireland w/ Eskimo Joe

May 17 Shepherds Bush Empire London UK w/Eskimo Joe

May 18 Monto Water Rats Theatre London - headline show



08/03/2010 - 04:04

Hey there.. I just wanted to say that I share the disappointment of
everybody who was planning to go to either of the two festivals that we were
supposed to be playing at over the weekend, both of which were cancelled.
The Lost Weekend Festival was of course cancelled well in advance but
yesterday's Moomba show was a little more frustrating as we were on site and
hoping to play until twenty minutes before our scheduled stage time when the
promoters made the entirely responsible decision to call it off due to the
arriving thunderstorms. Lightning and stage rigging don't mix too
Anyways, I'm sorry to those who had tickets to Lost Weekend and to those who
waited in the terrible weather at Moomba in the hopes of seeing a show. I
was really looking forward to playing a couple of shows before heading off
to the states this week but I'm very much looking forward to getting back
and setting off on tour again in April, hope to see you then.
Thankyou. PD 

Moomba all ages show!


27/02/2010 - 07:12

After receiving many requests for all ages shows we are pleased to announce that Paul Dempsey headlines the days events at next Sunday's Moomba Festival in Melbourne. This is an ALL AGES show. Paul and band will play the Alexandra Gardens stage next Sunday 7th March at 8.30pm. He is also joined by Bertie Blackman, See here for all details.




25/02/2010 - 03:01

 While we are experiencing difficulty with embedded youtube videos, you can view all Paul's videos HERE



21/02/2010 - 09:22

We're very excited to announce that Paul Dempsey's Bats EP is being released via iTunes this Friday, February 26. The EP will feature two fantastic covers of Paul Dempsey songs;Clare Bowditch has covered Out The Airlock  and Melbourne's Oh Mercy have covered Ramona Was A Waitress.  Click here to purchase on Friday 26th February.





20/02/2010 - 03:02

Tour and Bats!


29/01/2010 - 06:53

Hi there. As you may have seen on this site already, myself and my band are

heading out on tour around the country in April which I am very much looking

forward to. It's short and sharp but we're playing in some rather nice

venues around the place so it's quite exciting and after that I will be

heading overseas for the remainder of 2010 so these will probably be the

last Australian shows for a while, hope you can make it along!

In other news, our friends at We Buy Your Kids (who designed my album

artwork) have made an incredibly beautiful video for 'Bats' which will be on

your screens any moment, in fact you can check it out here . More news about some very interesting Bats b-sides to

follow shortly...Aaand what else?... I went and saw Mastodon last night and

now my ears hurt. Can't think. To be continued...




22/12/2009 - 00:00

New Years Eve 2009


20/12/2009 - 09:24

Paul Dempsey headlines a fantastic New Years Eve lineup at Melbourne's Esplanade Hotel. For tickets and all information visit



14/12/2009 - 11:01

Hello again. First of all, let me say thanks to everyone who came to the shows last week. After another thoroughly enjoyable set at Homebake on Saturday with the band it was great to head out with nothing but my acoustic guitar and play six nights in a row, most shows in places I've never visited before. The crowds have been great, the set-list has been very loose and there has been a surprising amount of laughter involved... The tour continues this week with shows in Castlemaine, Geelong and Hobart which I'm very much looking forward to... I've heard that the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine is very beautiful and it's certainly been a while between drinks for Geelong and Hobart. Hope to see you there. And lastly but not certainly not least - if you're in Sydney on Sunday night be sure to head down to the Oxford Arts Factory to see the legendary 'Cell Block 69' as they bring all of recorded history to an end on their final World Tour. Think of the quizzical looks on your grandchildren's little faces when you tell them you were there... cell block



Photo Jacqui Mitchell

PD competition


07/12/2009 - 10:19

Thanks to Yen magazine & EMI Music, you and a friend could win flights, accomodation, spending money & tickets to 2 Paul Dempsey shows on December 18th & 19th. Be The Photographer & Blogger for these 2 Paul Dempsey shows & have your shots and blog published in Yen magazine. Just click HERE for all the details. This competition is now closed. Check back for the announcement of the winner!

Paul Dempsey's 'Ramona Was A Waitress'

18/11/2009 - 00:36

After before Too Long

After Before Too Long

16/11/2009 - 10:27

The last two nights at the Forum Theatre for Triple J's Paul Kelly tribute concerts have been a major highlight of my year. It was an honour and a pleasure to be amongst such a great bunch of people and to hear them all doing incredible renditions of PK's classic tunes (and having a crack at 'Dumb Things' was a hell of a lot of fun too)... 
The atmosphere on and off stage was amazing and celebratory and I fully accept, deserve and even oddly welcome the headache I currently have...Very much looking forward to Homebake and hitting the road again for the solo acoustic shows in December... December?!.. Time flies when you'rehaving too much fun... See you soon... PD  Photo Kate Griffin  See more photos here



01/11/2009 - 22:31

Oh hi there... Are you sitting down? Lots to tell you... As well as all the

one-off festival shows with my band over the coming summer I'm also doing a

kind of mini-tour next month, by myself with just my acoustic guitar this

time, dates and info available on this very site, do come along!... I've

just finished shooting a video for 'Fast Friends' with director Gemma Lee,

should be on a screen somewhere pretty soon and the single will be released

on itunes shortly as well (along with a few live b-sides too)... And

speaking of screens, I believe the show we did for JJJ at the Troubadour in

Brisbane last month will be broadcast on JJJ and ABC TV this week, check

back here for specific details soon... What else?... Parallel Lions have

just released their debut album! I highly recommend picking up a copy...

Alright, that'll do for now... Thanks..PD





12/10/2009 - 09:29

Time flies when you're having fun and all good things must come to an end

etc etc etc... We finished up in Ballarat and San Remo over the weekend and

just like that, it's all done... This tour has been incredible and I want to

say thanks again to everybody who came along to the shows, thanks to

Parallel Lions, Leena, John, Pat, Shan and our crew.. Good times.

I'm off to get a good night's sleep. See you soon.





28/09/2009 - 09:19

What a week... The show at the Troubadour for JJJ and JTV was fantastic. Itwas a Wednesday, it was loud, it was hot, it was dusty, the crowd of JJJ winners were fantastic and we had a great time playing in such intimate surrounds. Many thanks to JJJ for putting on the show and to Kid Sam who played an incredible set. Thursday was significant for it's impressive lack of maturity and sophistication but we did get to have a decent meal at a reasonable hour for once. We were reunited with our touring buddies Parallel Lions and Leena on Friday and Saturday for shows on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, both ofwhich were a great time, the crowd on Friday more than making up for the completely weird day I had and the crowd on Saturday were able to make me completely forget that the Saints had lost the Grand Final so I owe many thanks to everyone who came to those shows... This week I am very much looking forward to returning to The Kingdom, I am eager to hear of the many happenings since my last visit and of the urgent search for a suitable heir to the throne. My thoughts are with you good people...Looking forward to the West Coast on the weekend as well and after that there is only Ballarat and San Remo to go... This tour is too short! See you soon. PD


Like Wales. But Newer. And further South.

22/09/2009 - 02:30

Well we're about halfway through the tour already, time flies when you're having fun yes? and we have been having plenty of fun.. The shows have been great, the crowds absolutely wonderful and even the long drives after each show have been entertaining and... educational? - the drive back from Wollongong afforded us just the right amount of time to get all the way through Iron Maiden's classic double live album 'Live After Death', John Hedigan is now a changed man... I was feeling quite different after thedrive back from Newcastle as well... Thanks again to everyone at the shows,looking forward to Qld (especially Wednesday at the Troubadour).I cannot get Parallel Lions and Leena songs out of my head. See you soon.





14/09/2009 - 07:30

It's been a memorable start to the tour and it's been particularly great to spend the last two nights at the Corner Hotel which is one my favourite venues and somewhere that SFK have also had a lot of memorable shows... Richard, who books the shows at the Corner, is the same guy who gave SFK our very first gig and it was great to be joined onstage by Clint and Steph on Saturday night to mark the occasion of 15 years to the day since that first show... Thank you to everyone that was there to share that little milestone with us... My ears won't soon forget it.. It's also been great hanging about with old friends Parallel Lions and new friends Leena and Will and getting to hear them play amazing sets each night, I strongly encourage getting along early to see them... This week myself, Patrick John Bourke, John Patrick Hedigan, Shannon James John Fitzpatrick O'Vanderwert (as well as the mascot and the German) will roll on into NSW and we're very much looking forward to it...Thanks again.



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11/09/2009 - 02:55

Good things

Good things

26/08/2009 - 05:15

Hey folks... How goes it?.. I feel like I've packed about a year into thelast ten days, it's been great... Lots of you have had very kind and positive things to say about the record and there's lots of good stuff happening with it so for that I thank you...The tour is just around the corner and I can't wait - less talky-talky, more singy-singy...  See you there.





13/08/2009 - 07:34

Good morning all... My first solo record Everything is True comes out
today... It's a strange and exciting and somewhat baffling feeling
(uh-oh)... I suppose like any big project one might undertake there is
always a long period of not seeing how or when it will ever be finished and
it seems very far off and unreachable in the vague, unknowable future... and
then one day you're just there and it's finished... And then it’s the
process you've just been through to get there that seems far away and vague
and unknowable... It’s enough to make someone start rambling off cheap
philosophical shite... So let’s not get hung up on the nature of time eh?
Here we are, here it is - for now anyway... I thank you for reading and
listening, I hope you enjoy the record and I’m looking forward (again) to
being out on tour playing these songs...


Ramona - where to find her?

31/07/2009 - 06:08

We have had alot of queries from people trying to source the Ramona cd single in record stores around the country. It is available at all Leading Edge & Sanity stores nationally & at JB Hifi online store but also at these indie stores ;


Arcadia Records/Red Hot Cds/Virgin@ Myer/Sight & Sound Boronia/Polyester Fitzroy        


Fish Records Balmain/Redeye Records/Hum Newtown/Mall Music Brookvale/Music Matters Dubbo/Music Shop Parramatta/St Mary's Sound/Magpie Music Bega/


Rockinghorse/Skinnys/Vibes/Brookside Music/Canelands Music/One Stop


Mills Records/78's Records/Trax Karatha, Morely & Sth Hedlands/One Stop Osborne Park/


the Muses/Krypton Discs Glenelg/Chatterbox

Bows & Arrows

29/07/2009 - 03:55

Hiya. Had an excellent time at Splendour in the Grass, thank you to all present at the GW Mclennan stage for sharing our 2nd show with us and making it such a good time...all these one-off shows are making me very antsy to get on tour and into 'the swing of things' as they say (mostly in places where it's still 1959)... I decided not to play 'Time to Pretend' on Saturday lest MGMT come over and shoot me with their bows and arrows, but we did play this instead - click here



Splendour in the Grass

27/07/2009 - 01:21

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Giant leap

22/07/2009 - 05:54

Greetings on this wet winter Wednesday... Feeling ever so slightly bleary and hoarse after playing the very first show last night with my new backing band (who last night were dubbed 'The All-Seeing-Eye Dogs')... It certainly felt like a good night to take a giant leap forward, maybe it was due to the 40th anniversary of men first walking on the moon, maybe it was the imminent arrival of the longest solar eclipse for a century, maybe it's just the rough-around-the-edges romance of Fitzroy on a Tuesday night, but we had a fantastic time working through all the new songs and shuffling through a few cover versions as well, some perhaps more dubious than others but you never know if you never try eh?...Big thanks to everyone that came out on a Tuesday night to see us through our maiden voyage - I think I can safely say that we are now eager and ready to storm onto the hallowed GW McClennan stage at Splendour in the Grass this Saturday evening and shake it like it's the 2nd show we'll ever do...           Photos Matthew Miller

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16/07/2009 - 00:22

Hiya.. Welcome, welcome.. Come on in.. Renovations are still happening but feel free to have a look around... There may still be some wet paint around or the odd hole that still needs plastering but you can get the general feel of the place... This will be home for the next while... Most stuff will usually happen here in the main area but there's a few other rooms with different things going on... Feel free to check them out and please drop in anytime to catch up on what's been happening or what's coming up... See you soon!


15/07/2009 - 06:08

For those of you who happen to be in Melbourne, on Tuesday 21st July, Paul and his brand new touring band will take the stage together for the very first time to play a warm up show before the Splendour in the Grass Festival. This show will not be advertised beyond Paul's website(s) and tickets will only be available at the door on the night. Surely an event not to be missed, the gig will take place at The Newtown Workers Club (formerly the Rob Roy), Corner Gertrude and Brunswick Streets, Fitzroy.

28/06/2009 - 00:00

In the latest PD newsletter we invited you to share your photos  from the current tour so to begin the proceedings...

Photo by Mem Rhynne

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Hear Ramona now!

25/06/2009 - 09:13

Triple J's Home & Hosed program is streaming Ramona Was A Waitress now for a limited time only. Click here to hear it! 


24/06/2009 - 03:51

Paul's brand new single, Ramona Was A Waitress is going to be released on July 24 in physical CD format in a very limited edition which will also feature his cover of Bette Davis Eyes and 2 exciting re-mixes. As this release is so limited, to ensure you get your copy, you can pre-order the single now from JB Hi Fi Just click HERE 

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Paul plays Splendour In The Grass 2009

22/06/2009 - 09:18

We can now confirm that Paul Dempsey will perform at this years Splendour in The Grass Festival on July 24th - 25th. Stay tuned for exact playing times and for more information visit


18/06/2009 - 04:17

We are extremely excited to announce the release of the second single from Everything is True. 'Ramona Was A Waitress', is a complete contrast to the stripped back acoustic sparseness of 'Out the Airlock'.  A pounding meditation on artificial intelligence, love, death and robots, 'Ramona' sees Paul manning all instruments led by a driving mechanical pulse into a beautiful piano-driven chorus that carries you away somewhere else entirely.

Ramona arrives digitally via itunes on July 3rd, and then as a very limited edition CD single with 3 exclusive b-sides (including Paul's much talked about cover of the Kim Carnes classic, Bette Davis Eyes') instore on July 24th.


Exclusive Album Preview

16/06/2009 - 04:19

For a look behind the scenes at the recording of Pauls new album 'Everything Is True' head to where they have an exclusive album preview.

Click here to take the sneak peek of Pauls first solo album released August 14th 2009

Live shots

10/06/2009 - 07:56

In the latest PD newsletter we invited you to share your photos  from the current tour. So to begin the proceedings, here's one sent in by Ian McDonald from Sydney's Annandale show last week... Keep them coming!


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05/06/2009 - 06:22

If you live in Sydney's East, you'll know that in addition to the monolithic Westfield at Bondi Junction and the picturesque beaches, one of the main attractions of the area is the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi which does an excellent line in live music every Wednesday night.  Paul will be playing a solo acoustic show there on Wednesday the 17th of June to accommodate all those who missed out on tickets to the Annandale show, and of course, anyone else who fancies it. It's a first in, best dressed kind of affair with no pre-sales - it's free - so arrive fashionably early, Paul would love to see you there. Click here for details

Everything is True - August 14th

29/05/2009 - 08:34

That's right folks, the album is called Everything is True and if you don't believe me, it will be on your record store shelves on August 14...
I hit the road next week for shows around the country and I'm really looking forward to playing all of these songs live, a lot of them for the first time.... as well as a few other strange things that have come along in the last week or so...
Track-listing, links, clues, disinformation and flat-out lies to follow shortly...



28/05/2009 - 00:44

While there are limited tickets remaining for the Adelaide show at Jive, all Paul Dempsey solo shows around the country are now SOLD OUT. 

June 3rd  - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne  SOLD OUT

June 4th  - The Annandale Hotel,Sydney.      SOLD OUT 

June 10th - Jive, Adelaide. Tickets available from Moshtix 

June 14th - Mojo's,  Fremantle -Early show Doors 6pm SOLD OUT

June 23rd - The Troubadour, Brisbane               SOLD OUT

June 24th - The Troubadour, Brisbane               SOLD OUT



19/05/2009 - 06:23

Click here to view the brand new video for Out The Airlock

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15/05/2009 - 04:30

Paul is currently on a flight home, so forgive the lack of personal tone, but exciting news in that Mr Demspey will be playing two solo shows in June. Tickets will be available for our special friends from 9.00am this Friday 1st of May, and go on sale to the general public from 9.00am Monday 4th May.  These venues are a touch "cozy", so book now to avoid disappointment.

For those of you outside of Sydney and Melbourne please rest assured that there will be an extensive Australian national tour later in the year taking in all points of the compass, as well as plans afoot for further shows in regional areas over summer.

Paul solo shows

Wednesday 3rd June - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Tickets available from NSC Box Office Monday - Saturday 2.00 - 6.00pm (301 High St, Northcote) 9486 1677 or SOLD OUT

Melbourne Fan Pre Sale

Thursday 4th June - Annandale Hotel, Sydney 
Tickets available from the Annandale Hotel: 9550 1078 or SOLD OUT

Sydney Fan Pre Sale

"Out the Airlock" available exclusively from itunes from May 15th.

The album has just been completed, and is in Paul's hands as he flies home with the whole thing on a hard disc. It sounds fantastic. We'll let you know the release date and title soon - as soon as Paul picks one.  No pressure PD.


15/05/2009 - 04:26

Having initially planned on doing a mere two solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne, it now seems fairly obvious that was perhaps a little bit light-on after all the time Paul has spent away - certainly judging from all of the messages we received from folks in the other capitals suggesting this to be the case. Consider the point taken, and rectified in the form of more June solo shows in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.  The Melbourne show sold out in two days, Brisbane's first Troubadour and Sydney's show have also sold out, so be sure to get in early for these shows, as the venues are intimate. Intimate mode.  

Wednesday 10th June - Jive, Adelaide
Tickets available from Moshtix 1300 GET TIX [[&]]  

Sunday 14th June - Mojo's, Fremantle 
Tickets available from 1300 762 545 [[&]]

Wednesday 24th June, Troubadour, Brisbane SOLD OUT - New show announced 23rd June
Tickets available from     

'Out The Airlock' available now on itunes

15/05/2009 - 01:16

Click here to purchase


13/05/2009 - 10:38


Brisbane Show SOLD OUT! 2nd show just announced!

13/05/2009 - 07:31

We are so pleased to announce that the Brisbane show - Wednesday 24th June 09 has SOLD OUT!
We've just announced a 2nd show for Brisbane and tickets are ONSALE NOW. Get in quick as these will be sure to sell out fast

Tuesday 23rd June ,Troubadour, Brisbane
Tickets available from


11/05/2009 - 01:42



04/05/2009 - 01:45

The pre-sale allocation of tickets for the Northcote and Annandale have both SOLD OUT! Thankyou all. General tickets go on sale for both venues this MONDAY 4TH MAY from 9am

Wednesday 3rd June - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Tickets available from NSC Box Office Monday - Saturday 2.00 - 6.00pm (301 High St, Northcote) 9486 1677 or 

Thursday 4th June - Annandale Hotel, Sydney 
Tickets available from the Annandale Hotel: 9550 1078 or

Out the Airlock...

21/04/2009 - 21:57

Hiya... As of tomorrow (Thursday) this song will be available to download here for free for a limited time...

Thanks and Enjoy...



19/04/2009 - 23:45

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16/04/2009 - 16:06

Greetings from New York... It's a pleasure as always to be in this magnificent city....

Just a quick reminder that if you happen to be in any of the five burroughs this Thursday night, I will be playing at The Living Room (154 Ludlow St, Lower east side), onstage at 10pm, come on down.

Album is all but finished, stay tuned for a couple of announcements and some new music right here, next week...

I made another friend... I can feel a theme developing...




07/04/2009 - 18:13

Well, hello there... I've got a few days out of the studio at the moment.... I'm playing a show at the Hotel Cafe on Friday night at 9pm if you happen to be in the LA area...

In other news, the first track to be released from the album is a song called 'Out the Airlock', which you'll be able to download or request on your favourite radio station in a matter of weeks... who'd have thought?




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31/03/2009 - 20:46

Seven songs down, a few more to go... after the first couple it gets much easier to put the stamp on a song and move through to the next one... and even with the long hours in the studio I am having a wonderful time and learning many important life lessons... like if a car is driving directly head-on towards you at an unusually high speed - the time you spend quibbling about whose lane it's supposed to be could be better spent getting out of the way... true!... there are so many things this town is ready to teach if you are ready to learn...


Doug about to demonstrate his legendary reverse-mix-handstand...


In the Airlock...

26/03/2009 - 22:02

You spend over a year working on something and thinking about it all the time and changing it and refining it and then it all comes down to that one moment in the mixing where you have to declare it absolutely, finally, definitively done... and there's no such thing.. (so you go out on tour and try to play some definitive version every night... and there's no such thing... but all the fun is in the pursuit)... mixing a record is just the bit where you are forced to commit to something... unless of course you happen to be Axl Rose.

But it's good... making a decision about anything is usually accompanied by a great sense of relief... right, I'll quit boring you now and go try bungee-jumping or something....




Day one....again

23/03/2009 - 22:27

On the other side of the hill... again... a new studio, a new dog... first cab off the rank (rank or rink? oh sweet jesus, I'll be up all night) is a song called 'Take us to your leader' - the word 'falsetto' doesn't seem fair...


23/03/2009 - 22:15

Stage two...

10/03/2009 - 11:16

From a reality far from burger joints to a burger joint far from reality... This time next week I'll be in LA to begin mixing the album and you know what that means....


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The Waiting Game

17/02/2009 - 00:59


Playing the waiting game for a couple of weeks until the mixing stage of the record begins... It's my least favourite game... I'm crap at it... Keep reading.. Keep writing.. Talk to the cat.. Do stuff that needs doing and try not to do stuff that doesn't need doing... Don't let the almost-finished record in the other room drive you bat-shit-crazy... Get really good at the waiting game.

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Monday 2nd February 2009

03/02/2009 - 00:12

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Thursday 29th January 2009

29/01/2009 - 03:12

Just a few days to go now... I'm at that point where I can hardly remember what's happened over the past few weeks but somehow there is a record that wasn't there when we arrived... It's quite strange really.. Where does the time go?... Another cup of tea then....


28/01/2009 - 02:41

Friday 23rd January 2009

27/01/2009 - 07:10

Wayne and I realized last night that we began recording this album on the same day that CBS bought Fender in 1965... After much discussion, debate, stand-up philosophy, bad calculations, laughter and tears we decided that we should buy the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation for ourselves.. We may not have quite the required funds but we have some very audacious hopes...

Tuesday 27th January 2009

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27/01/2009 - 06:36

Day One

25/01/2009 - 01:34

And we're off!... So this is home for the next few weeks while we record this album, 'we' being myself and engineer Wayne Connolly, he of the vintage cars and guitars, producer to the stars, patron saint of the huntsman spider... We are wedged somewhere between a forest and an ocean, it's a nice place to be, cockatoo alarm clocks and frog lullabies... We've managed to turn a small guest-house into a studio.. The coffee does not make itself and the burger joint is nowhere to be seen. The bedroom is the control room...which is also the living room... Etc..








Thursday 15th January 2009

25/01/2009 - 01:32


I think this fellow lives in the roof... We don't really see him all day and then he turns up in the evening.. I don't mind him listening in so long as he stays outdoors...

Monday 19th January 2009 - Progress

25/01/2009 - 01:30


We're into the best part of any recording session, where all the basic, fundamental parts are there and you can start to experiment and throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks.... What else?... We've officially adopted the snake.. And... I had a truly wonderful episode of food poisoning on the weekend... And.. While I was laid up I read 'The Henson Case' by David Marr which I highly recommend (although it made me feel sick on top of feeling sick).. and... Feeling much better today thank you... Back to it...

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Not until you learn the lyrics properly

15/01/2009 - 23:35

Has a new website!