Okay so here is a very talented guy, who is in 3 bands and has started his own record label, that in it’s infancy has singles from The Belltowers and The Ar-kaic both heard by me when put out on one of my favorite labels here in the U.S., Hidden Volume Records and I came across Paul after writing about The Higher State after reading an article about them in Shindig Magazine. The music is obviously right up my alley, what stands out for me is Paul’s honesty and his unwillingness to not get sucked into the trappings of modern technology . Over the years most of us have limited what we post or talk about online, we get that, for us if it wasn’t for the music , most of us would just unplug the whole damn thing. Paul wants no part of it, and I totally get where he is coming from. It is all about the music and my only job is to highlight what I dig, you can all decide for yourselves to play or buy whatever we post up, all we want to do is broaden what you have listened to or maybe you’ve never heard of The Higher State and you can fix that , today. Anyway, like Little Steven says…”i digress” this is about a guy who is in some pretty cool bands and has his own record label that you ought to be checking out…right about now
Hi my name is…. Paul Messis
my sound is……
Authentic 60s style garage rock, with folk-rock leanings, punk attitude and analogue recordings.
However I also make DIY punk rock too in my band The Suburban Homes and play in another group called The Higher State who are authentic 60s garage too… check these projects out too.
I’m from……. Billingshurst, West Sussex UK
Who are some that have an influence on you
Obscure 60s garage bands on compilations like Teenage Shutdown, Pebbles, New England Teen Scene, Shutdown 66 etc
Bands, include Love, The Byrds, The Blue Things, The Dovers plus more.
I really love 70s and 80s punk and indie too.
How old were you when you started to play
I was 15 when I started home recording and making cd’s to give to folks, however it was 2009 I entered a studio and cut my first 45, I pretty much play everything I am a multi-instrumentalist.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out.
I usually write songs on an acoustic guitar, demo them, head into the studio, then when tracks are done, either release myself or approach labels to maybe release it.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
the main challenge I have as a musician is more of a personal one and that is dealing with society…. the main thing for me is to always NOT fit in with the current wave of music and to stay as far away as I can from anything that is deemed “cool” in popular terms… I like not being in the lime-light.
1st concert you went to and age….
I was 13 and went to see Kula Shaker with my Dad in about 1998.
coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
Probably my home made “Fenton Records” t-shirt, however if its band related, probably my Adolescents t-shirt, I love that LP so much.
some albums that you listen to the most (recently)….
Most recently been digging.
Television Personalities – and don’t the kids just love it.
Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream Of Trains
Fenton Records box set.
Country Joe and The Fish – fist album
The Living Room – Chambers
Messthetics – Greatest Hiss comp.
I mainly listen to 45s.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be …
No-one, I honestly have no interest in opening for anyone today…. in the UK, there is a sport called snooker, there is a player called Ronnie O Sullivan, I’d probably want to open for him more than anyone else.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Don’t get too hung up on becoming big, just do music cos you love it and enjoy it, if you fail, don’t see it as a failure, cos if truth be told, the bands that “make it” have failed, in more ways than one…. just keep making music and having fun, the moment you become a little known, thats when its game over!!!
your thoughts on the state of music in 2015…..
Well speaking in terms of the UK, I’d say absolute dog turd…. I’d actually prefer to be deaf than have to listen to any of the current wave of UK bands.
There are some great bands further afield in the US and Australia, but man UK sucks for music today.
My plans for the rest of 2015/2016…..
Release a bunch of records on my Market Square label, I have a list of 5 x 45s I wanna release next year.
I will recording an LP with my other group The Higher State, that’ll be released next year on 13 O Clock, possibly recording another solo 45 and releasing it, working on more stuff with my punk group The Suburban Homes.
My main aims however is to build up my label and put out great artists who I really dig.
A few Bands that I dig the shit out of, that Paul has put out on his label Market Square Records …