Indie Rock

August 24, 2023

Long Way Down (with GLU)

An off-the-cuff comment on social media has sparked this unlikely collaboration between Glasgow based English musician “GLU” and Dublin’s “A Band Called Paul”.

“I’d posted this rather risqué little tweet trying to drum up support for my single”, recalls Paul, “when I got this equally risqué reply back from a complete stranger that made me laugh. We started some banter, which led to direct messages and checking each other out. Before we knew it were talking about a collaboration together”.

The spontaneous relationship also came as a surprise to GLU. “He gave some of my electronic tracks a listen and really enjoyed them, so I suggested I send over an instrumental track that I’d written mainly on bass guitar. He absolutely nailed lyrics and a vocal take in no time, adding more percussion and a trashy drum track on what has now become the chorus of the song. I loved it.”

The easy union between the pair can be heard in the seemingly effortless way the shared song “Long Way Down” builds from a gentle, emotive introduction to a powerhouse finish of what Paul describes as “throwing musical furniture”.


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June 21, 2023

Something New

This is a release about which I’m really excited, cos I got to unleash my full, unashamed 1980s tastes into it. With a twist. There’s some madness in there, of course … me screaming into my phone, playing the steering wheel of my car again etc. Normal day at the office. But by and large it’s just a driven, rocking piece of fun.

If I were to admit to the song having a specific message to it, I’d describe it as a rallying call to reject the shallowness of capitalism and social media in favour of something more profound and meaningful in which to believe.


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February 1, 2023

Nothing Left To Give

I had decided to release this track with no fanfare, no fuss and no promo, believing it to be very much a standalone oddity. Releasing it exclusively on Bandcamp, I said it probably won’t make it to streaming platforms and it definitely isn’t being sent out to radio or press. Following the overwhelmingly positive response I’ve had to it since, maybe I underestimated its potential. Now I find myself backtracking and allowing it to become a legitimate release in its own right.

The track itself captures a brief period of absolute insanity for me … a place and time to which I’ve no desire to return. But I did find it a cathartic process to produce this “experimental” track, to put it mildly, in the immediate aftermath.

It lay dormant for about 12 months, before I rediscovered it and listened back. There was something in it, but it’s definitely an outlier in terms of my other material.

I hope somebody somewhere also finds something in it.

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November 4, 2022

Parallel Lives

Intimate. Tender. Lyrical.
Everything you weren’t expecting.

“There is a searing, emotional quality to the vocal that is compelling in a song that ultimately is a song of hope. There is a feel of ambient music that is a departure for A Band Called Paul. It takes courage for an artist to step off the familiar path when the songwriting demands it. A real change of musical direction for an artist who’s not shy of taking risks.”
Phil Thomas, UK music reviewer

“I love this track. I’m on my fourth listen and it’s got me singing along. It’s a beautiful piece of work.”
Shaun D. Charlton, Musician and Radio Presenter

In his latest solo release, Dublin’s A Band Called Paul takes yet another stylistic about-turn and delivers an uncharacteristically visceral and downbeat ode to relationships that have gone distant over time.

From the cinematic, ambient opening until the track breaks rhythmically halfway through, Paul delivers a tender and direct emotional address identifying “the space growing wider between us where we used to play”. His is an existence hurt passively over time, in which “the deepest tears fall when there’s no one to hear” from which he ultimately seeks reconciliation.


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June 20, 2022

Alive (with JoeliD)

At a time of global uncertainty, economic crisis and high profile acts of violence, Dublin’s A Band Called Paul and Arizona’s Joel I.D. join voices across the Atlantic once again to create “ALIVE” … an anthem for those who may find they need support on their journey back to mental health, so that we can build ourselves back stronger – not simply exist, but to feel ALIVE.

Written and recorded once again at a distance of 5,000 miles apart, “ALIVE” is a remarkable and unique progression from the hugely successful previous collaborations “Breaking Through” and “I Believe” from the Irish indie rock artist A Band Called Paul and American rapper Joel I.D.

Building in distinct phases, “ALIVE” evolves from a starting point resembling chamber music through a somewhat reflective harmonised vocal swing-jazz development into an exhilarating combination of indie rock and modern dance.


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March 10, 2022


“Primero” is the debut album from Dublin indie artist A Band Called Paul. Originally released in February 2019, “Primero” was the calling card that announced the band to the world.

The album was written and recorded over a two-year period between 2017 and 2018 and was carefully crafted as an album in two respects … firstly, it is intended to be played from beginning to end in a single sitting (although, naturally, there’s nothing to stop you going directly to your favourite tracks!) and secondly, no two consecutive tracks are in same musical genre.

Tracks from the album range from the hard rock opening of “Promised Land” through the second track, the Latin Jazz “Hero Two” to the songs that follow which capture a variety of musical styles including indie pop, funk, stadium rock and electronica all the way up to the album’s epic 8-minutes-plus closer “And We Dance” which spans continents as it travels across electronica into Americana and on to African music.

Four singles were taken from “Primero” – “Hero Two”, “Freefall”, “In It For Money” and “Shimalay” – although, with the exception of “Hero Two”, each of them was reworked and/or remixed for its single release.

Track Listing:

01. Promised Land (3’49”)
02. Hero Two (2’59”)
03. Shimalay (4’03”)
04. In It For Money (4’05”)
05. Roll On (3’23”)
06. Stay With Me (3’38”)
07. Lady Lie Low (4’56”)
08. Freefall (4’44”)
09. Pass It On (2’48”)
10. And We Dance (8’17”)


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March 10, 2022

Freefall (Single Version)

An energetic slice of electronica to a thumping reggae-style groove, “Freefall (Single Version)” is the second single from the debut album “Primero” by Dublin-based A Band Called Paul.

The mood of “Freefall” aims to capture the conflicted mental state experienced during withdrawal from an addictive substance. The release is accompanied by an equally visceral and moderately disturbing music video which can be viewed on this page.


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March 10, 2022

In It For Money (Single Version)

“Catchy, humorous vocals over a great groove, it feels like I could listen to this forever and still discover new elements of Paul’s genius. Brilliant!””
– Michael Lind of The Blindfold Experience

“In It For Money” is the third single from Irish indie rock act A Band Called Paul’s debut album “Primero” (2019). The track has been specially reworked and remixed for this release.

A wry slice of 60’s beat-influenced indie pop/rock, the track addresses the stage in a creative artist’s career when their initial idealism is overtaken by commercial reality and the need to make a living. 

Upbeat and cinematic in texture, “In It For Money” showcases the infectiously catchy, radio-friendly side of indie music.


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March 10, 2022

Shimalay (Single Version)

It’s stadium rock.
With a twist. Of course.

“Shimalay” is the latest single to be taken from A Band Called Paul’s debut album “Primero” (2019). The track has been remixed and edited for this release.

Prior to breaking into full-on stadium rock at the second verse, the track starts with a wild assortment of unusual sounds to establish the groove including drumming on the steering wheel of a car, the rattling of a key ring, body percussion and an array of close-mic vocal sounds.


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March 10, 2022

Breaking Through (with JoeliD)

A Band Called Paul and JoeliD are “BREAKING THROUGH” with their trans-Atlantic Indie/Rap collaboration

Written and recorded at a distance of 5,000 miles apart, “Breaking Through” is a first time collaboration between Irish indie artist A Band Called Paul and Arizona-based rapper JoeliD. 

With the clear and focused aim of weaving together our two distinct musical genres to create a new sound, the track infuses A Band Called Paul’s indie edge through its hip hop foundation, driving the predominantly guitar and drum led verses with intricate and percussive rapping from JoeliD.


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