Bubblegum Slut/ UK: « A paradoxical mix of a Yorkshire man’s Northern bluntness that tells it like it is and a “continental poetic tongue which educates and stirs…! » -
Stylusmag/ Canada: « Berry has a keen intellect, a disdain for those buffered from reality, and an internalized anger that fuels the vitriol in every adjective. It is real life undecorated, and smoulders like the everyday pressures. This is fucking brilliant. Clean glass please, and leave the bottle! »
With the aid of a guitar or piano he sits centre-stage and recounts with his powerful seducing voice the tales of his life on the back streets of Leeds/England, his touring years through to his crippling road accident in Brighton/ England which still leaves him limping around with foot splint.....
In the 80s he was the guitarist & founding member to the successful Rock/Goth band, The Rose of Avalanche, which produced many great albums and singles. Eventually enough was enough and he broke up the band in the 90s and embarked on a solo career under his own name. He played in every possible venue in the UK and Europe and even a trip ot two across the pond.
The RoA have recently reformed with all original members and Paul is delighted to find kinship with his old mates from Leeds!!
4 solo albums later (PJB, Ginnel ,Nations and Spitfire Juukebox1) which saw him support giants of the songwriting genre such as Frank Black, Vic Chestnutt, The Cranberries, Kevin Coyne, David Bowie, Howe Gelb, Townes Van Zandt, etc.
After rehabilitating from his accident, he has a new album ‘Spitfire Jukebox 1’ released on him own independent label EggTéte Records. It’s mainly one instrument and voice that gives a beautiful raw insight to the human soul. It reveals a personal account of the last few years and touches on a cathartic necessity to get through the nightmare of his road accident to the celebration of life itself.
Recorded in Berlin in the vast hall of the famous UFO-Studios, an old brewery which doubled-up as a bunker in the second world war.
«when I arrived at the studio in Berlin, there was this colossal old hall that just had ‘something’ that moved me. So, I said to the man, get me a chair, put it in the middle of the hall and record me bleeding….»
«the whole point of this album was to be in control and do everything myself - for good or bad - just me and my demons». Paul James Berry