Dempsey ex­plores his soul

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PAUL Dempsey doesn’t care if peo­ple find his band Some­thing For Kate a mis­er­able mob. The singer is happy writ­ing lyrics he finds funny, such as This Econ­omy, a song from the band’s sixth al­bum Leave Your Soul To Sci­ence, about the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

‘‘We’ve never taken our­selves too se­ri­ously but if the per­cep­tion is out there, we won’t stomp our feet and say peo­ple are wrong,’’ he says.

‘‘I find that song ( This Econ­omy) pretty funny as it’s writ­ten about a guy who can’t get the girl be­cause he’s wor­ried he’s not rich enough. It’s in­dica­tive of the peacock men­tal­ity you find in Amer­ica.’’

Since mov­ing to New York with his wife and band mate Stephanie Ash­worth, Dempsey has taken a more re­laxed ap­proach to mak­ing mu­sic.

It could ex­plain why Leave Your Soul To Sci­ence finds the band in a jovial mood com­pared to its chart­top­ping ef­forts of old.

Six years on from the last al­bum, Desert Lights, Some­thing For Kate have taken on the de­mand­ing jobs of par­ent­ing first chil­dren.

Drum­mer Clint Hyn­d­man has also opened two restau­rants in Mel­bourne, while Dempsey wrote and recorded his 2009 solo al­bum, Ev­ery­thing is True.

Dempsey says the space and time has in­di­rectly brought forth a hap­pier sound.

‘‘Com­ing back to Some­thing For Kate is now just this other thing that we do rather than the cen­tre of our ex­is­tence,’’ he says.

‘‘We cer­tainly don’t feel like we have to con­vince any­body about our mer­its as a band or any­thing.’’

As for Dempsey’s mar­riage to Ash­worth, who re­placed orig­i­nal bassist Ju­lian Car­roll af­ter the first Some­thing For Kate al­bum, work and play are kept strictly sep­a­rate.

‘‘We al­ways make this im­me­di­ate tran­si­tion to band mates when­ever the two of us are hold­ing gui­tars,’’ Some­thing For Kate – (from left) bass player Stephanie Ash­worth and her hus­band, singer/ gui­tarist Paul Dempsey and drum­mer Clint Hyn­d­man – have re­leased their sixth al­bum. Dempsey says. ‘‘We ar­gue in­tensely about songs or set lists but when the gui­tars come off, we snap back into be­ing a mar­ried cou­ple.’’

Drenched in Amer­i­can notes, Leave Your Soul To Sci­ence was recorded in Dal­las, Texas, with pro­ducer John Con­gle­ton (The Walk­men, Okkervil River).

From an ur­gency rem­i­nis­cent of The Killers on Mir­a­cle Cure to a Spring­steen stomp on Pri­vate Rain, the al­bum in­cludes a love let­ter to Dempsey’s Brook­lyn neigh­bour­hood called Deep Sea Divers.

‘‘Brook­lyn is a re­ally stim­u­lat­ing and in­spir­ing place. You be­come friendly with these peo­ple just be­cause you see them ev­ery day and you can’t help but feel con­nected,’’ he says.

In con­trast to the cel­e­bra­tion of community, there are also darker themes run­ning through the record.

Dempsey was ab­horred by the cor­po­rate greed he wit­nessed as the econ­omy fal­tered.

He watched peo­ple strug­gling, from fel­low mu­si­cians to neigh­bours, and opted to broach the tough is­sues – even if it backed up his surly rep­u­ta­tion.

‘‘I watched a lot of close friends lose jobs and strug­gle to find new ones,’’ Dempsey says se­ri­ously.

‘‘You get used to a cer­tain type of per­son ask­ing for hand­outs but when it’s peo­ple with suits and univer­sity de­grees hold­ing up a sign then that’s a real shock.’’

is out now. Some­thing For Kate and Ben Sal­ter play The Zoo, in Bris­bane, on Oc­to­ber 13.

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