The Shooting Of
Gig review and photo by Dawn
At first glance it would be easy to dismiss Paul Jeans as some sort of novelty act. After all, when you see him as The Shooting Of thrashing out tunes by operating a different instrument with every limb, he does seem to resemble a (slightly more hi-tech) one man band – a comparison only added to by the fact that some of his songs feature him playing a harmonica and a kazoo.
Today, his fingers alternate between keys, synth, guitar and stylophone while his feet provide the rhythms via two drums and a tambourine. But as gloriously chaotic as his live performances can be, to focus only on his vast array of instruments would be to do a great disservice to his voice which is both staggeringly powerful and hauntingly beautiful - demonstrated today when it is, at points, laid completely bare during what he calls his "angsty" track, Time. His cover of Bowie’s Five Years also gives his vocals the chance to shine and makes you realise that it doesn’t sound so very different from the late, great Starman himself.
Paul’s songs venture between the quirky, the melancholy and the unashamedly poppy, with toe-tapping piano riffs (such as that of This Silence is Killing Me) which sneak into your brain and stay there for days. He’s also fond of adding drama or just downright creepiness using his synthesizer and on his up-tempo songs in particular you’ll marvel at his musicianship as he weaves his melodic magic. But be warned - you’ll also leave exhausted just from watching him.
With thanks to Paul and to Michael the latte king. The Shooting Of’s album Analogue Heart is out now with the official launch party on March 18th 2016 at The Castle Keep in Newcastle. Visit www.theshootingof.com and www.facebook.com/PopRecsLtd for more information.