Burning de­sire to take songs on road

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Rosanna Candler

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 said dozens of note­books filled with song ideas and lyrics for his yetun­ti­tled new re­lease would soon be re­duced to a pile of ashes in his backyard.

“The al­bum is the most im­por­tant thing, so when it’s fin­ished, those note­books just feel like bag­gage weigh­ing me down,” Dempsey said.

“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 self-con­fessed “long over­due” fol­low-up to 2009’s gold-sell­ing solo de­but Ev­ery­thing IsTrue, Dempsey will try out some of his new songs live at the Rose­mount Ho­tel next month.

“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 said.

“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. Al­ready I can tell this al­bum is dif­fer­ent, I can’t re­ally say how, but it feels like some­thing I haven’t done be­fore.”

Dempsey said 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 said.

“When you’re play­ing with the band you feel like you have to hurry up and play the next song be­cause they’re wait­ing for you.

“I’m lucky I get to have a re­ally noisy, loud, abra­sive rock band with my best friends, and I also get to go and do th­ese… maybe it’s not the right word, but more soul­ful shows. When you’re not com­pet­ing with drums and elec- tric gui­tars, you can ac­tu­ally hear your­self sing. It is def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent mode of per­form­ing.”

For Paul Dempsey, solo work is a priv­i­lege and a big change from his other work with Some­thing for Kate.

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