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BERRY'S BACK!!

After several years of silence Paul James Berry’s (PJB) finally back in the studio with a new album:  SPITFIRE JUKEBOX I….

Since his critically acclaimed albums ‘Ginnel’ and ‘Nations’, Berry disappeared from the radar. Why?  

Berry had a road accident that left his legs crushed by a 32 tonne lorry in Brighton, England.  After a long rehabilitation he finally went back to the studio and he now proudly present his new album ‘Spitfire Jukebox 1’.  

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.

The album consists mainly of voice with guitar or piano that gives a raw personal account of the last few years.  Touches on a cathartic necessity to get through the nightmare.  Specifically a song called The Seven Dials - famous roundabout in Brighton  - where Berry had his accident - the song starts with a recording of the actually road traffic noise, which  leads into a spine-chilling frank account of the events….

This is Berry’s 4th solo album and quite frankly his album stands high among some of the greatest singer/songwriter albums ever….  

Spitfire Jukebox 1 released on ‘Mischief Night’ 4th November 2016.

FULL BIOGRAPHY:

PAUL JAMES BERRY - Biography - 2017:

 

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 an acoustic 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 a stick like Dr House.....

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.

3 solo albums later (PJB, Ginnel and Nations) which saw him support giants of the songwriting genre such as Frank Black, Vic Chestnutt, Kevin Coyne, David Bowie, Howe Gelb, Townes Van Zandt, he is now back.

after rehabilitating from his accident, he has a new album ‘Spitfire Jukebox 1’. It’s mainly one instrument and voice that give a beautiful raw insight to the human soul. It reveals a personal account of the last few years.  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 - where there is no machine behind me, there’s no deadlines, no rules and no bull shit! Just me and my demons».  Paul James Berry - 2017

 

New Album TRACKS:
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  1. 1 Life Intro 00:08
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  2. 2 Tradition Dies (part 1) 05:30 Info
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  3. 3 London Road 03:29 Info
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  4. 4 The Seven Dials 06:25
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  5. 5 Glory-B 04:36
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  6. 6 The Beatles Cavern 03:16
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  7. 7 After Hours 03:19
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  8. 8 Tradition Dies (part 2) 02:36
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PRESS QUOTES:

« 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…! » - Bubblegum Slut/ UK

« Paul James Berry is an English singer-songwriter who writes and performs with an emotionally charged sincerity - he’s the real thing; blood, guts and honesty! » - Rock/Folk-France

 

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