1313 Mocking Bird Lane
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
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)