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