New York, NY – Paul & The Tall Trees leader Paul Schalda seems to embody the unexpected overlap of The Band's Americana, Ian MacKaye's unhinged emotion, and the doo-wop melodies his father, Will Schalda Sr. (a member of Brooklyn vocal group, The Montereys), raised him on. A former guitarist for soul-man Charles Bradley, his voice can be hauntingly harsh, raucous and gravelly one moment, smooth and intimate the next. Paul & The Tall Trees will release Our Love In The Light on October 21 via Big Crown Records.
Following the release of the 7” "Once In A While" b/w "The Little Bit Of Sunshine" earlier this summer, Paul & The Tall Trees drop the frantic "Next Time", out now via all streaming and download services. You can pre-order Our Love In The Light as receive "Next Time" and "Once In A While" as instant-grat tracks at iTunes & Amazon.
Hear / Download / Share “Next Time” at Soundcloud | Spotify | iTunes | Apple Music | Amazon
"Once In a While" at Big Crown | Spotify | Soundcloud
Going back two decades, Schalda has been a part of projects like the ’90s Staten Island hardcore group, Three Steps Up, and Awek–his early-2000s, Brooklyn-based rock band. By 2005 he had Pablo, an acoustic-folk-rock affair that nodded more toward Neil Young than the alternative music scene that was king at the time.
To the uninitiated, this progression of not-long-lasting groups and musical approaches may come across as scattered, or maybe even semi-typical of singer/songwriters like Schalda. But listening to his music, you don’t hear a man of many parts. You hear a sum of his experiences. This singular sound is helped by the fact that his doo-wop crooning father and brother, Will Schalda, have brought energy and inspiration to each record. In Pablo, his brother Will played keyboards and his father provided backing vocals in the studio.
What you can hear in Schalda’s music, no matter which song you hear, is that the road hasn’t been easy. His voice can be hauntingly harsh, yet hopeful and tender, raucous and gravelly one moment, smooth and intimate the next. In his cadences you can feel elation and life–performing on the road, tours funded out of his own pocket, and the hardships it all brought to family and loved ones.
After the second Pablo album in 2009, Schalda decided it was time to step away. He went back to school, got a desk job, and began to think that this is what life would be. Naturally, a new opportunity came calling. Tom Brenneck, of Daptoneand Dunham fame, contacted Schalda about playing backing guitar for soul-manCharles Bradley’s tour. Once again, he hit the road. But this time, things were different.
Schalda had left music, only to have it come back. This brought new perspective and approach. And it takes the name of Paul & The Tall Trees. This is all shown in a new album, being released on Brooklyn’s Big Crown Records. There is a renewed comfort, and an appreciation for even being able to write and perform his music. Yet some things remain: Schalda’s father plays a soulful harmonica on the record, and his brother presses out lyrical chords on the piano and organ. Both contribute to the vocal harmonies you hear. And still Schalda, even being compared to the famous groups and musicians mentioned above, can only call it Rock and Roll and be humbled. “I’m very lucky to be able to do this,” Schaldasays. “And I’m extremely happy. Especially for my father. He worked hard for his sons and this record.”
Our Love In The Light Track List
1 – React
2 – Crack of Dawn
3 – A Little Bit of Sunshine
4 – Once In A While
5 – Can't You Wait
6 – In The Middle (The Word)
7 – Waiting For Irene
8 – She Comes Around
9 – Next Time
10 –Own Up