CELEBRATING DEBUT SOLO ALBUM BOMBIDO
As one of Australia’s most revered songwriters, The Screaming Jets founding member and bassist Paul Woseen has penned songs that have become part of the nation’s psyche over the past two decades. Creating hit tracks such as Helping Hand and October Grey, Paul is easily recognised by his sweet basslines and his incredible harmonies. Now, for the first time, this talented musician has stepped away from his key role in The Screaming Jets to release his debut solo album – Bombido – an offering that is guaranteed to delight all music fans.
Celebrating the release of Bombido Paul is heading out on a two-month long acoustic tour. The acoustic long-player that not only features a couple of new tracks that aptly demonstrate Paul Woseen’s talent as a songwriter, but also some classic reworked versions of The Screaming Jets’ songs penned by Paul and given a new interpretation for this album. Picking songs from his extensive back catalogue, Paul went through a process of elimination, trying to figure out what songs fit. Trying to find out which Jets’ songs fitted is vocal style was an interesting process, especially after singer Dave [Gleeson] had made them his own.
"I sat down, played them and sang them, and which ones didn’t sound like s**t in my head, I picked," he says. "I have only sung them once or twice, and I don’t sing like Dave [Gleeson], so the melody is virtually the same with slightly different phrasing and a couple of different words. It is an acoustic album, it was just me, a microphone for my voice and two microphones on my guitar."
Taking the album out of the road, Paul really wanted that to imitate the intimate experience of the album, just a raw acoustic offering that gave audiences a real insight into the songs. "I’m going to approach the shows like I pitch songs to the band, a little rave about it… two, three, four and I’m in…. try and sing my nuts off 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."
Paul is the first to admit that performing to Australian audiences is a fantastic experience and one he is really looking forward to with these special run of shows. "I think the best thing about an Australian audience and music lover is that they don’t accept s**t," he says. "Growing up playing in Newcastle bands, if you weren’t very good the audience would tell you. They are quite discerning, they are also quite open minded. If they like you, if they’re into you, they are a fan for life."
Despite this being an acoustic tour, it by no way means that the shows are a laid-back affair. Paul channels that full rock persona he is well-known for when he takes to the stage, and plays the same as he would in a band environment. "When I am in the song, I can hear the other guys anyway, in my head," he says. "I can hear that going on and I am playing like that. It is not a laid back acoustic experience, I am standing up there sweating, smashing the s**t out of the guitar, thinking I’ve got the band behind me."
, which was released late last year, has already received rave reviews. The 11-track album features some really beautiful interpretations of Jets’ classics, such as the 1994 APRA Song of the Year nominee Helping Hand, and fan favourites Friend of Mine and October Grey. There are also some stunning new tracks, such as Last Dream Falls and Live to Ride, which were hand-picked from a swag of new songs Paul has been writing over the past 12-months.
Paul was one of the founding members of The Screaming Jets, starting the iconic rock band alongside fellow Newcastle musicians in the 1990s. To this day, Paul and lead singer Dave Gleeson have both been part of the band since its inception, starting out playing battle of the bands in the New South Wales coastal town.
Fast forward a quarter of a century, and Paul has penned 30 songs across the six The Screaming Jets albums, three of which peaked in the Top 5 of the ARIA Album Charts. Paul is currently working on more material for a forthcoming album with The Screaming Jets and a second solo offering.
Don’t miss these special run of shows celebrating
Bombido, as Paul Woseen shares his songs ‘in the raw’.
Thursday 17th April 2014
Spirit Bar, TRARALGON VIC
23 Kay Street, Traralgon
(03) 5176 0464 | www.oztix.com.au
Thursday 24th April 2014
Dowse Bar, BRISBANE QLD
Cnr Caxton Street & Dowse Street, Paddington
(07) 3367 9800 | www.oztix.com.au
Friday 25th April 2014
The Loft, GOLD COAST QLD
54A Thomas Drive, Chevron Island
Saturday 26th April 2014
TAPS, MOOLOOLABA QLD
Cnr Brisbane Road & Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
(07) 5477 7222
Sunday 27th April 2014
Railway Friendly Bar, BYRON BAY NSW
86 Johnston Street, Byron Bay
(02) 6685 7662
Thursday 1st May 2014
Wheatsheaf Hotel, THEBARTON SA
39 George Street, Thebarton
(08) 8443 4546 | www.oztix.com.au
Friday 2nd May 2014
Louisiana Tavern, ELIZABETH SA
50 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth
(08) 8255 9000 | www.oztix.com.au
Thursday 15th May 2014
Brass Monkey, CRONULLA NSW
115a Cronulla Street, Cronulla
(02) 9544 3844 | www.oztix.com.au
Friday 16th May 2014
Cambridge Hotel [Side Bar], NEWCASTLE NSW
789 Hunter Street, Newcastle
(02) 4962 2459 | www.oztix.com.au
Friday 30th May 2014
Spotted Mallard, BRUNSWICK VIC
314 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9380 8818 | www.trybooking.com
Saturday 31st May 2014
The Loft, WARRNAMBOOL VIC
6/58 Leibig Street, Warrnambool
(03) 5561 0995
Thursday 12th June 2014
Heritage Hotel, BULLI NSW
240 Princes Highway, Bulli
(02) 4284 5884 | www.thelittleboxoffice.com
Friday 13th June 2014
Bridge Hotel, ROZELLE NSW
199 Victoria Road, Rozelle
(02) 9810 1260 | www.oztix.com.au
For more information, please visit www.paulwoseen.com