Paul Dempsey is known to most as the singer, guitarist and principal songwriter of highly successful Australian band, Something for Kate. Having released his second solo album ‘Strange Loop’ to outstanding reviews and a top 5 ARIA chart debut, Paul will showcase his formidable talent as he takes to the stage on his own, offering fans intimate and stripped back interpretations of songs from his two solo albums, plus the odd well-chosen cover, something that Paul has a unique talent for.
Paul Dempsey’s first solo album titled Everything is True received overwhelming critical response, 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. Paul was nominated for 5 ARIA Awards including for BEST MALE ARTIST, BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM and PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. The album won the ARIA for Best Engineer in 2010 for Wayne Connolly’s 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 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.
Dempsey’s second solo album Strange Loop is freewheeling in form but precisely executed. It’s a record that knows what it wants to say, whit it needs to be – 11 tracks that enclose surreptitious dry wit, the irregularity of the everyday, and the pathos of longing in a mix of magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals.
After the release of first single, the exciting and combustible Morningless, the album debuted top 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart in May 2016 and received incredible reviews. Second single, Idiot Oracle showed a more gentle folk tinged side of the album while Blindspot offered a sardonic take on pop psychology and a skewering of the cult of self-help.
Paul Dempsey has so far released 6 platinum and gold records with Something for Kate along with a double album of B-sides and a Greatest Hits collection, selling over half a million records in Australia. During this time Dempsey has also consistently played solo shows and toured in solo mode when not busy with Something for Kate as well as producing records for other artists.
This show promises to be an up close and personal evening with one of Australia’s most singular artists.