|Don't doubt that this is a record and message you need to hear|
and is no less essential than The Beatles 'Meet The Beatles'
The release date is set for April 15th.
This may sound a bit over the top but this record strikes me as the garage rock equivalent of 'Meet The Beatles'. Both 'Case Closed' and 'Meet The Beatles' contain 12 tracks that breeze by in a little over 30 minutes and contain within the grooves different but equally powerful statements about the world we live in.
In 1964 'Meet The Beatles' (the band's second album released in the US despite the claim on its cover that is was their first) was a revelation and represented a positive message and vibe that was infectious and the precursor to the coming changes the 60's would represent.
In 2013 'Case Closed' (Paul's second album) is also a revelation and represents, underneath its upbeat jangly Byrd's like sound, a negative, angry message that is oozing frustration and dissatisfaction with the status quo that may be the precursor to coming changes the 2010's may represent.
Don't doubt that this is a record and message you need to hear and is no less essential than The Beatles 'Meet The Beatles'. It may prove to be his masterpiece (the jury may ultimately determine his first album 'The Problem With Me' gets that nod) and a record that will likely only be appreciated after the fact. I believe Paul understands and accepts that today it will only find a small audience given the way the music business is structured but do make sure you're one of that small audience.
Every track is no less important than any of the others but a few that stand out are the very cleverly titled '(Don't Wanna Be) Scene or Herd' the ultimate outsiders mantra and mission statement, the opener 'I Hate The World Around Me' which perfectly sets the tone and 'It Doesn't Matter To Me'.
Trust me it doesn't matter to Paul as he prefers being a garage punk unknown who doesn't want to be seen or heard but make sure you both see the video and hear the music and don't miss the message.