With a second solo album due for release later this year a secretive Paul Dempsey is looking forward to erasing his creative trail – in a fire
When his second solo album drops later this year, there will be only one thing left for Something for Kate frontman Paul Dempsey to do: burn the evidence.
The Melbourne muso says dozens of notebooks filled with song ideas and lyrics for his yet-untitled new release would soon be reduced to a pile of ashes in his back yard.
“The album is the most important thing, so when it’s finished, those notebooks just feel like baggage weighing me down,” says Dempsey.
“I can’t quite explain why, but I’m really secretive and I can’t stand the thought of all these thousands of words lying around for someone to find.”
Before he heads into the studio to record his selfconfessed “long overdue” follow-up to 2009’s goldselling solo debut Everything Is True, Dempsey will try out some of his new songs live at the Soundlounge.
“I’m not too nervous because it would be silly to expect an immediate reaction on the spot; no one ever completely gets a song on first listen,” he says.
“The stuff I write rewards repeated plays; there’s usually a fair few layers going on that won’t be immediately obvious. Writing this album, and now starting to perform the songs has been about following my instincts, stumbling my way forward.”
Dempsey says he can already tell this album is different.
“I can’t really say how, but it feels like something I haven’t done before,” he says.
Dempsey says he felt incredibly fortunate to share his time between playing with Something for Kate and going off on his own every few years.
“I really like the totally solo acoustic shows because they feel more intimate, like you can just hang out with the crowd and chat,” he says.
Something for Kate frontman Paul Dempsey is releasing a second solo album.