Paul Collins, one of the pioneers of Power Pop, and a member of bands such as The Nerves, The Breakaways and most notably The Beat is finally coming to Australia for a short tour to promote his most recent release “King Of Powerpop!” Collins will link up with Sydney pop/rock outfit “the Zeros” featuring Glenn Morris (formerly of the Screaming Tribesmen and Kings Of The Sun) on lead guitar and will play two exclusive shows in Melbourne in March 2011.
Collins has returned to his roots with his new record “King Of Powerpop!” which has been heralded as his best work since The Beat’s self titled release. It’s a record full of driving guitar beats and melodic hooks, an apt indication of what audiences can expect from his live show – fun and raucous rock ‘n’ roll from one of pop music’s great unsung heroes.....The Nerves gave us Blondie’s classic “Hanging on the Telephone” and Collins delivers many more gems in the genre.
“King Of Power Pop!” is Paul Collins’ third release this decade, and acts as a complete return to his roots. “For me, this is the record that connects the dots, from The Nerves to The Breakaways to The Beat, to today,” he says. “This is the record that puts it all together.” Produced and engineered by Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, The Go, White Stripes), the album also features Eric Blakey on guitar and backing vocals, Diamond on bass and Dave Shettler on drums.
Paul Collins has an interesting career… and a long successful one at that. Living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York and attending the prestigious Julliard Music School, Paul Collins formed two influential power-pop bands – The Beat and The Nerves. It was his move to San Francisco and union with songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case that saw the formation of The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning US punk rock scene, independently releasing their own four-track EP, which included to song “Hanging on the Telephone”, the track that later went on to become a massive hit for Blondie in the 1980s.
While The Nerves were short-lived and disbanded in 1977, Paul’s music career didn’t falter. He moved to LA and formed The Beat with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. Recommended for management and taken on by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, The Beat toured with the likes of The Police, The Jam and Joe Jackson. They also made numerous TV appearances and recorded their cult debut self-titled album with producer Bruce Botnick (The Doors). The album featured Beatles and Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, defining the genre of power-pop. The Beat reformed In the 1990s as Paul Collins’ Beat and still continues to write and tour internationally.
“I can’t believe it’s finally happening,” Paul says of his first Australian tour. “We will be ripping.” This unsung hero of the power-pop genre is renowned for his unforgettable live performances, steering from fun and raucous rock n roll to sweet, guitar driven pop that will make even the strongest of music critics want to get up and get moving.
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