Acous­tic doesn’t have to mean mel­low, says Scream­ing Jets co-founder Paul Woseen on the eve of a new stripped-down show

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - ROD BEN­NETT

The Scream­ing Jets co­founder Paul Woseen says you won’t be nib­bling cheese and dis­cussing mod­ern art at his acous­tic gig. Rather, his Ma­ton acous­tic gui­tar will ring loudly with the sound of gut-wrench­ing Aussie rock. He is play­ing to­mor­row night at the The Loft, Chevron Is­land.

Woseen’s new al­bum, Bom­bido, fea­tures 11 tracks and in­cludes stripped-back ver­sions of a num­ber of Jets clas­sics, such as Help­ing Hand, Oc­to­ber Grey, Friend Of Mine, and Think. There is also new ma­te­rial.

Just to re­mind, Help­ing Hand was the 1994 APRA Song of the Year and a ra­dio main­stay. Bom­bido was launched at a sold-out gig in Vic­to­ria in 2013.

Woseen says he is keen for fans to join what he called “his back­yard Bom­bido bash” – and ask­ing ques­tions about the his­tory of the tracks.

“I’m go­ing to ap­proach the shows like I pitch songs to the band, a lit­tle rave about it, and then ‘2, 3, 4’ and I’m in,” he says. “And try to sing hard and hope­fully be as open and hon­est as I can.

“I’m al­ways cu­ri­ous to hear the orig­i­nal spin of a song, and I’m sure oth­ers are too.”

Woseen, now of the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, says the feed­back was in­vari­ably in­ter­est­ing.

“Over the course of time people have given me their im­pres­sions on songs,” he said.

He said the Scream­ing Jets were still to­gether and planned to re­lease a new al­bum in the mid­dle of the year.

Woseen says the song­writ­ing process re­mains the same, be it for the band or acous­ti­cally as a solo artist.

“There is the cliche that all songs should be able to be sung around the camp fire,” he says.

“I don’t like the cliche but a song should be able to stand on its own.” Paul Woseen plays The Loft, Chevron Is­land, to­mor­row night.

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