PAUL Dempsey says there are a couple of nice moments he always looks forward to when making a new album.
“There’s the moment you walk out of the studio on the last day and it’s done, then there’s the moment you receive the first finished artwork copy and then release day,” he said.
“There’s always a sense of satisfaction and relief and like a letting go of a big weight and it’s also mixed with trepidation of what people are going to think of stuff, but then you move on pretty quickly.
“When you’re as busy as I like to be, I do take moments but they’re just moments.
“I don’t like to get too sentimental or pat myself on the back too much; there’s too much to do.”
Dempsey, who is also the frontman for Australian rock band Something For Kate, has today released his second solo album Strange Loop, seven years after his debut Everything is True.
“It’s just how it worked out,” he said.
“After the last one, I moved to New York for a couple of years and then we came back to Australia and made a Something For Kate record and we went on tour with that.
“I think I intended to have a solo record out maybe a couple of years ago but then we realised in 2014 that it was the band’s 20th anniversary so we thought we better do something to mark that, so that turned in to a whole other year of touring and planning that stuff.
“I feel I’ve been completely flat-out busy the whole time but somehow seven years have gone by.”
Dempsey said he started writing the songs for Strange Loop over the past couple of years but most of it was written in a pretty intense period at the beginning of last year.
He then travelled to Chicago to record it with Tom Schick.
“He’s made albums with Ryan Adams and Wilco and Sonic Youth and lots of records I like the sound of, so I was very keen to work with him,” Dempsey said.
“He was working out of Wilco’s The Loft studio so I ended up going there to record, which was fantastic because I’m a big Wilco fan and The Loft is a pretty amazing place.
“I was able to use all their wonderful equipment so it was great.”
Dempsey will be at the Astor Theatre on August 26 as part of a national tour to support his new release.
“I love playing live and I’ve got a great backing band with me for this album,” he said.
“We’re all excited to actually get on a proper tour and get to play these songs and really dig in to them and play them without having to think about them.
“It’s going to be fun.”
Fans shouldn’t have to wait too long to hear from Dempsey again, with hints at a new project in the works.
“I don’t like to leave it too long before beginning the writing process for whatever the next thing is going to be,” he said.
“I think it will either be a Something For Kate record or it might be something different.
“There is a possibility of another project, which I can’t really say anything about.
“The best answer: There will be, at some stage, another Something For Kate record and then another solo record and then I’ll just keep flipping between the two.
“It’s just there may be something else before another Something For Kate record.”
What: Paul Dempsey
When: Friday, August 26
Where: Astor Theatre