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Paul Leary Announces First New Album in Thirty Years


It seems just like yesterday that 1991 was a year. Just kidding. While it’s easy to forget a year from thirty back, it should be noted that one of the better albums to come out then was the Paul Leary solo album The History of Dogs. Leary of the famed group Butthole Surfers made an album that stood out so much that aside from the fact that it was on label Shimmy Disc, it was odd and worthy of attention. Now thirty years later Leary is back with a new song, a new video and a new solo album. Luckily for you, they all have the same name. While the album Born Stupid won’t be available until February, the single and video for the title track are available now.

Now that Joyful Noise Recordings has revived the Shimmy Disc label, things feel full circle. The video is as trippy as the song itself. Colorful and hazed, the song holds all of the markers of Butthole Surfers while still standing on its own. The effects heavy vocals that get used while playing an acoustic are met with spooky sounds and a tremolo heavy sound. The song is catchy and strange in its own way that feels about right for Leary. Almost a psych folk vibe, the song is the beginning of what will hopefully be just as interesting of a solo album.

The video is ready to watch above. The single “Born Stupid” is available to listen to on all streaming sites. The album Born Stupid can be preordered by Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings ahead of its February 12 release.

Image Credits: Photo by Formica Iglesia.

David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.


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