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Fire In The Hull is the New Single From Paula Punch

Prior to the year of COVID, it was a busy time for Paula Punch. The year of 2019 saw Punch opening for Russell Morris, Karise Eden and Renee Geyer at venues like Sydney's Camelot Lounge. Punch had toured California in 2018 with New Zealand - born Nashville artist Jackie Bristow and her past shows included supports for Ed Kuepper, the Gadflys, and Neil Murray.

Paula Punch’s debut LP “Don’t Look Down” was recorded 2018 in Robin Gist’s living room studio with two singles placing Top 5 in ASA competition’s Indie Rock category.

2019 saw the release of her first EP album, “Lost Horizon Sessions” which was recorded solo with an open-tuned guitar and mixed by ‘Groove’ Myers 10 years previously. Songs by Paula Punch mix blue tones with uplifting themes of empowerment. Punch Park Records has described her sound as “unique and diverse” while Punch herself simply calls it indie folk rock.

Paula Punch’s upcoming “Song to the Trees" LP will be her first official studio album, recorded at Electric Avenue Studios by Philip Punch, Robin Gist and Jem Hoppe-Smith. On it she is accompanied by her veteran crew of celebrated players: Robin Gist, guitar (Girl Overboard), Marko Simec, keys and accordion (Waiting for Guinness, Soul Movers, Rufino and the Coconuts), Mike Rix, bass (Jason Walker), and Reuben Alexander, drums and percussion (Liz Martin Band, William Crichton).

It's never to late to do what you love...."Music has always been my private world, where I could express myself freely". Raising a family and building her fashion career had to be her focus for so many years, but now it's all those memories, those stories, those characters, that form part of her new songwriting, her new passion, and it's time to share it.

Paula has always being around music via her family recording studio - Electric Avenue Studios in Sydney, Australia, with it's amazing recording artists, it's vintage microphones and analog tape recorders, and it's well known owner Phil Punch. It was not until one of it's former sound engineers Robin Gist expressed an interest in producing her music that this special music collaboration began Paula's songs were released for the first time in 2017.

After performing in the late 90s on the Sydney Indie music circuit at the Cat & Fiddle, The Hopetoun and 3 Weeds, supporting Ed Kuepper, The Gadflys and Neil Murray and organising women singer songwriter nights called "The Friday Girls", Paula only did the occasional gig. But now she regularly performs around Sydney again, and loves singing at The Gasoline Pony in Marrickville where she hosts songwriter afternoons called "The Punch Sessions" with other local musicians.

Fire In The Hull is the first single from “Song to the Trees", which is expected early in 2021 and will be released on digital platforms, CD, and vinyl.


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