There has been no overnight success for Mr. Paul Greene. He is living proof that it is hard work being lucky. Rather than fast tracking to fame through Australian Idol or whatever other media junket is giving hopefuls a chance to sell their soul, for Greene it has been a long, slow, steady progression
that has seen him become the respected musician he is today. He’s earned him the mantle of ‘Australia’s Hardest Working Musician’, as well as a legion of loyal fans and supporters.
The road less travelled has had riches of its own and lead Greene on a musical rollercoaster: from bar brawls in the back of no-where; to the Enmore Theatre and major festivals; community radio everywhere to artist of the week on ABC Radio National and Nova 969. A true independent from the get go, he has taken the cottage industry record label to a whole
However it has not all been smooth sailing …At the end of 2010, despite throngs of reviews praising his latest release and a very successful tour, Greene was ready to call it quits. A marriage and management severely on the rocks; a run of bad luck on the record label front (including distribution + publishing going into receivership); identity theft with a person playing pre-recorded backing track cabaret shows under the name ‘Paul Greene’ and a pending IP legal battle. All this combined with the sheer exhaustion from the grind of a decade on the road non-stop. The love was waning. Things could
not go on the way they were. So he stopped.
This proved the perfect place for a songwriter to be in, with no expectations, Greene fell back on his favorite therapy – songwriting. Then things got better …Somehow, before he could say ‘maybe-I-should-get-a-day-job’, Greene was booked in to produce a hand full of records, including James Blundell’s Golden Guitar nominated album ‘Woolshed Creek’. Not long after this, he was approached to front Australian Pub Rock icons Spy V Spy (who happen to be his childhood musical heroes), as well as co-writing with a host of artists including Australian Idol runner up Luke Dickens, Wendy Mathews, Amber Lawrence and many others. He started a bunch of side projects, including a punk band and a project
deciphering ancient mantras.
By the second half of 2011, invigorated with the break from the road, Greene was with new Management and in negotiations with ABC Music who will be releasing his new album Behind the Stars. This will be Greene’s first album as a ‘band’ assuming the moniker ‘Paul Greene & the Other Colours.’ It’s also the second of Paul’s records where he is credited as ‘producer’.
Musically, this new album comes from a place where his last release Everywhere Is Home left off: a groove that creates involuntary dancing (even in the car); infectious melodies; lyrics that
make you forget it’s a song because they feel more like a conversation with a dear friend. However, from the first track, it is obvious that something is different. Somewhere in the dark corners of Greene’s soul, something that had lain dormant under lock and key, has finally come out into the light.