THE SHORT VERSION
Paul Dempsey is the singer, guitarist and songwriter of one of Australia’s most successful and respected bands, Something for Kate. Equally known for his solo work, Dempsey is regarded as one of the country’s finest and most fiercely original lyricists. Preferring to tackle subject matters well beyond the realm of rock ‘n’ roll, Dempsey has released eight top 10 platinum and gold albums to date.
THE LONGER STORY
Paul Dempsey is known to most as the singer, guitarist and principal songwriter of highly successful Australian band, Something for Kate. Dempsey has so far released 6 Top 10 platinum and gold records with Something for Kate along with a double album of B-sides and a Greatest Hits collection, selling close to a million records in Australia. During this time Dempsey has also consistantly played solo shows and toured in solo mode when not busy with Something for Kate as well as producing records for other artists.
Whilst having a break from Something for Kate, in August 2009 Paul stepped out on his own and released his first solo album through EMI Australia. Titled Everything is True, it was co-produced by Paul and Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Youth Group) and mixed in Los Angeles at Sonora Recorders by Doug Boehm (Elliot Smith).
The first single released from the album was Out the Airlock, a beautiful, sparse folk- tinged track accompanied by some disarmingly dark lyrics while the second single, Ramona Was A Waitress, again displayed Paul’s lyrical originality as he sings about a futuristic robot waitress arguing about mortality. Further singles from the album were Fast Friends and Bats.
The critical response to the album was overwhelming, garnering 4 1/2 star reviews from publications ranging from Rolling Stone to The Age to The Australian. The album achieved Gold sales in Australia and continues to head towards platinum.
Everything is True debuted at No.5 on the Australian Record Industry charts and No.1 on the iTunes chart. The album has so far spent 15 weeks in the ARIA chart. Paul was nominated for 5 ARIA AWARDS (Australian Record Industry Awards) including for BEST MALE ARTIST, BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM & PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. The album won the ARIA for Best Engineer in 2010 for Wayne Connollys work in co-producing. Paul was also nominated for a Triple J Award for Best Australian album and was awarded The Age EG Music Award for Best Male.
Everything is True achieved gold status in 2009 & was named the Australian album of the Year by iTunes Australia while Triple J listeners voted the album in their Top 10 albums for 2009. Rolling Stone announced Everything is True as one of their Best Albums of 2009.
After completing numerous sold out Australian national tours and a wide selection of festivals since the release of the album Paul then toured in the US, Germany & the UK. Having moved to New York in 2010 where he toured the album for 2 years. Paul returned to Australia in 2012 to release & tour the 6th album for Something for Kate, Leave Your Soul to Science.
After touring widely with Something for Kate in 2012 & 2013 and also releasing his first solo acoustic covers album, Shotgun Karaoke, Paul and Something for Kate celebrated Something for Kate’s 20 Year anniversary in 2014 with a comprehensive sold out national theatre tour whilst also releasing the book, Paper Trail: 20 Years of Something for Kate and a short film. Paul also produced records for Australian artists, Mosman Alder & Mike Noga whilst also doing various solo touring.
In 2015, Paul set about writing solo album number 2. Upon completion of writing Paul travelled to Chicago in September 2015 to record the new album at Wilco’s Loft Studio’s with producer/engineer, Tom Schick. (Ryan Adams, Wilco, Rufus Wainwright, Sonic Youth)
In February 2016, the first single, titled Morningless, was released from the album.
The album, Strange Loop and was released on Friday May 13 2016 through EMI Australia. The album’s opening track, The True Sea was given away as an instant grat track. The first single to be released on Feb 4th 2016 was Morningless.
After a sold out Australian cities tour, Strange Loop was released on May 13th. It received glowing reviews and debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA chart. The album heads towards gold sales.
Second single, Idiot Oracle was released from the album on May 30th.
Paul and his full band featuring Olympia, Adrian Stoyles, Patrick Bourke & Shan Van Der Wertt embarked on a national tour which sold out very quickly.
Paul then did sold out shows in London, played festivals in India and embarked on a solo acoustic regional tour in early 2017.
Strange Loop was released in Germany, Switzerland & Austria in March of 2017 by Grey wood Records whereupon Paul did an extensive tour of those regions as well as more shows in the UK.
Paul spent late 2017 & early 2018 touring the album internationally as well as touring Europe with David Bowie’s band in a ‘Celebrating Bowie’.
In mid 2018 Paul turned his focus primarily on writing for the upcoming Something for Kate album which is due for release in 2020.
Check Paul’s Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for more updates.
PAUL DEMPSEY – EVERYTHING IS TRUE
****The Daily Telegraph
PAUL DEMPSEY – STRANGE LOOP
“It is a weapon sure to strike at the heart of any listener.” 4.5 stars The Music
‘Paul Dempsey’s finest hour…Strange Loop sounds like the love child of Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Ryan Adams & Wilco – quite a musical orgy…’ Saturday Telegraph
‘Paul Dempsey retains his place as one of Australia’s best songwriters….immediately pleasing, but never predictable. It seems like Dempsey never takes the easy option when writing songs and it means that the songs have an extra kind of depth.’ Double J
‘Dempsey is a gifted observer of the human condition’ The Daily Telegraph
‘Bloody Brilliant’ The West Australian, 4.5 stars