It took just 12 hours for The Screaming Jets bassist Paul Woseen to record his solo album Bombido.
“Pretty much every song on that (Bombido) is one take, the first take,” he says.
Woseen did some metaphorical time travelling to achieve what he wanted with the album, which comprises new solo tracks alongside hits he wrote for the Jets.
“I did it the way I wanted to do it, I had in my mind of how they used to do singer/songwriter records `60s/’70s style – come in, sit down, play the songs, record it and that would be it – and that’s just how I approached it,” he says.
“I recorded it in two six-hour blocks.”
Touring on the back of the solo album, Woseen is stepping out of the shadows of The Screaming Jets, or is he?
“While I’m playing the songs I can hear the band in my head … when I close my eyes … maybe it’s some sort of mental problem I don’t know,” he says, before breaking into laughter.
The bassist doesn’t really have a lot of time to miss the Jets as he says the band is heading out on tour from October.
More good news for Jets fans: there’s a new record in the offing.
“Hopefully we’ll have a new album which I’ve written a lot of and will be recorded at the end of July,” he says.
Woosen has been the bassist and songwriter with the band since they first burst on to the Australian music scene from Newcastle in 1989.
Signed to CM Murphy’s rooArt record label, the Jets were there for heady days when INXS were blazing a trail for Aussie musicians overseas.
“I was 23, a bloke from Newcastle, and next thing you know I’m in the middle of Europe. It’s pretty good and I’m pretty lucky,” he says.
In INXS’ manager CM Murphy’s recently released autobiography, the music impresario talks about discovering the Screaming Jets after others had written them off as “another f***ing pub band”.
“I think people didn’t see the potential that the band had,” Woseen says.
But he thinks the level of entertainment and professionalism the band displayed during their shows was enough to get Murphy’s attention.
Murphy had another way of checking out a band’s popularity: if fights broke out in the crowd, he took it as a good sign.
“There was a bit of blueing going on,” Woseen reveals about the band’s early shows in Newcastle.
“I guess that energy level was raised from our gigs,” he explains.
And when he plays on his own?
“There’s no fights and I’m not starting any!” he says.
“But the energy level is still there.”
The Screaming Jets fans who have come to check out Woseen’s shows have been surprised by Woseen’s voice.
“They don’t expect it (the voice) to come out of the head they’re looking at … such a rough head,” he says.
Self-deprecation aside, Woseen says his solo tour has been well received and with a Jets album and tour to look forward to, he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
“Singing and sitting around writing songs is a pretty good way to earn a living,” he says.
PAUL WOSEEN’S TOUR DATES:
May 1 – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
May 2 – Louisiana Tavern, Elizabeth, SA
May 15 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, Sydney
May 16 – Cambridge Hotel (Side Bar), Newcastle
May 30 – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Melbourne
May 31 – The Loft, Warrnambool, Vic
June 12 – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
June 13 – Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, Sydney