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Paul Cary

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Chicago’s Paul Cary knows a thing or two about grit. In his Iowa days, Cary was the front man for the seminal In The Red Records’ band, The Horrors (not the UK band, the gritty garage rockers from the depths of Iowa).

During that time, Paul Cary drove taxis, hopped trains from Iowa City to San Diego, worked the door at local dive bars and toured Europe with The Horrors. While on In the Red Records, The Horrors released two albums: 2000’s self-titled The Horrors recorded by Mike McHugh at the Distillery and 2004’s Vent, recorded by both Mike at the Distillery and by Doug Easley and Greg Cartwright at Easley McCain Studios.

In 2005, Cary woke up, wised up, and moved all of his worldly belongings to Chicago. Once there, he buckled down, apprenticed with a carpenter, and continued to work on songs. With no band to support him, he enlisted the help of percussionist and engineer Johnathan Crawford (Head of Femur, William Elliott Whitmore, Grey Ghost, Tim Wehrle), and together they began to work out arrangements of Paul Cary’s new material. In late 2007, Paul and Johnathan set out to record Cary’s first solo album, Ghost of a Man, with Mike Lust at Phantom Manor Studio, and Toby Summerfield joined on bass.

Ghost of a Man was later self-recorded and completed at Clown Town Studios in Chicago – basically a small room with some old mics and a tape deck, just the sound they were after. In total, the album took two years to record. Upon completion, Portland’s Stank House Records offered to release the album on vinyl, Chicago’s free music label Candy Dinner released it as a download. Stank House Records recently released a split 7” with Paul Cary and San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees, and it quickly sold out.

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  • danielhlousek

    Watch dogs... yeah, great music. :3

    13 Jun 6:27pm Reply
  • muteoff

    Digging this a lot!

    28 Apr 4:06am Reply
  • wtfkuuu

    awesome talent [2]

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • CompSimpCarl

    awesome talent.

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ju_wagner

    ...holy hell, magnificent.

    15 May 2011 Reply
  • Arsenaka

    :-)

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Knifymoloko

    good diarrhea.

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • el-oso

    "just enough to share the love, but modest enough to keep him from getting noticed noticed" aww man my favorite band isn't sooooooooo obscure anymore, gotta stop listening to them and jump on the next trend then abandon it shortly after

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ofnoconsequence

    this dude has gotten some mad love at the radiohead message board, which is pretty good about giving good artists their respect. i think it'd be nice if paul cary eventually earned 50-100thousand listeners. just enough to share the love, but modest enough to keep him from getting noticed noticed

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Zopwx2

    good shit

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
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    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Noominoomi

    Donna Martin graduates!

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Inotedachariots

    really like this for some reason

    5 Feb 2010 Reply

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