Paul Roland

1313 Mocking Bird Lane

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500 copies


01. Salon of the Senses

02. My Next Life

03. When Chet Baker Sings

04. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

05. She’s A Mind-Reader

06. Voodoo Man

07. Joe Strummer Said

08. Another Ingmar Bergman Interlude

09. Little White Lies

10. Won’t Go Surfin’ No More

11. She’s My Guru

12. Summer of Love

13. 1313 Mocking Bird Lane

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Paul Roland
: vocals, guitars, piano, violin, sax & percussion

Mick Crossley: electric guitars

Joshua Roland: bass

Violet The Cannibal: drums

Annie Barbazza: harmony vocals

Marco Colombo: guitar on ‘whatever happened to Baby Jane?’

Elia Callegari: harmony vocals on ‘won’t go surfin’ & ‘Baby Jane’

Recorded summer 2016 at Half-Ton studios, Cambridge UK

Produced by Paul Roland

Engineered by Matty Moon

Roland solo tracks 9-12 recorded summer 2018

Remixed & mastered by Alberto Callegari at Elfo studios July 2019
Executive production & graphics: Max Marchini

about 1313 Mocking Bird Lane


“Paul Roland writes nice melodies and has a very particular personality, but he is too intellectual for me!”

(Frank Zappa, 1988)

1313 Mocking Bird Lane is the 20th album from Paul Roland, the man Record Collector magazine called a ‘Psych- pop genius’ and whom ‘Shindig’ magazine celebrated with a 7-page feature in March this year under the title ‘Return of the King’.
Since the appearance of his first album ‘The Werewolf of London’ in 1980 (a John Peel favourite and a regular featured album at the legendary Bat Cave) Roland has written and recorded 20 albums including ‘A Cabinet of Curiosities’ which ‘Rolling Stone’ named “one of the best albums you’ve probably never heard”, the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired‘Reanimator’ and ‘Bates Motel’ with songs written for surviving members of the Velvet Underground.

For four decades Roland has been spinning twisted tales of Victorian villains, eccentric Edwardian inventors and the supernatural against a backdrop of gothic-psych-baroque pop, earning him the title “the male Kate Bush” (a comparison attributed to former label mate Robyn Hitchcock) and, more recently, “the Godfather of Steampunk”. His highly literate lyrics, often macabre themes and strong melodic gift has attracted an increasingly large and loyal cult following while his proudly independent ethos has ensured he has remained a cherished niche artist.

Paul’s first album for Dark Companion, ‘White Zombie’, was acclaimed ‘a masterpiece’ by RAI, Italy’s national TV and radio broadcaster, and his last group album ‘Bitter and Twisted’ was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ in a French rock magazine and ‘Album of the Month’ in several national magazines in Germany.

1313 is Paul’s strongest set of songs to date, taking in dreamy psych with a 19th-century Parisian setting (‘Salon of the Senses’), quirky sixties pop (‘My Next Life’, ‘Little White Lies’ and ‘Won’t Go Surfin’ No More’) and what a US rock mag once described as ‘goth rock as cartoon’ on the title track, a paean to the souped-up hearse driven by cult 60sTV family The Munsters.

1313 Mocking Bird Lane is a real Munster of an album. We are confident Frank would approve.

Paul Roland - Summer Of Love

Paul Roland - Summer Of Love (alternative video version)