15th April, 2015
Single : Cha Cha Cha d’Amour
Release date : May 25th 2015 (download)
Album: True Believer (out now)
Michael Cullen is an Australian singer song-writer whose music is built around his distinct resonant baritone, which is deeper and richer than ever before. New single “Cha Cha Cha d’ Amour,” is due for official download release on May 25th 2015 and taken from his critically acclaimed second album True Believer.
Michael’s rich punk croon spills out of the lush but driven new single “Cha Cha”, a song about clutching at third chances and still trying to believe despite all the evidence to the contrary. The current album was recorded entirely on analogue tape using old tube microphones and plenty of equipment with large bakelite knobs, which has created a vintage but timeless sound. Co-produced with Tim Powles (The Church) and mixed by Danton Supple (Morrisey, Coldplay) “True Believer” is a compelling hypnotic listening experience.
A post-punk veteran with a heritage of playing in a number of garage bands in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s (No Man’s Land, The Hardheads and Watershed) Michael has matured into a full voiced solo song- writer and performer who delivers glass half empty narratives in a unique and textured baritone vocal style with echoes of American mid century pulp writers and maybe even, on a good day, Raymond Chandler. The music woven around the voice is an eclectic amalgam of styles including Stax, Mowtown, Americana, New Wave and 80s British pop. Michael has also often cited the influence of and been compared to Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Ian Curtis and Tom Waits.
“Inspired by the likes of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, you nevertheless get a very Michael Cullen experience. He is strong and has a distinctive baritone vocal that weaves through the music, making this album unique, and uniquely valuable.” Sydney Morning Herald
“True Believer by Michael Cullen is a hedonistic, lush, red velvet-curtained fragile and beautiful album.” – Back Seat Mafia
“True Believer is definitely worth a listen and will fill the void in any music collection” – Rip it up