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A Review from KicFM

Posted by henshaw-p@sky.com on August 9, 2015 at 7:35 AM

Thought I'd share this review from Beth Hemmings of KicROCKS at KicFm

 

You know how people say ''To truly understand someone you must put yourself in their boots and walk around in them''? Let’s do just that for a couple of minutes, shall we? I'd like you to export yourself from your daily life, and import yourself into the rugged old boots of Salopian singer/songwriter Paul Henshaw. Together with his band of Scientific Simpletons, Henshaw's sheer passion and individualism shines through when they come together to make an electrifying and unique folk-punk sound that can only be described as atmospheric, tender and raw.

Last year saw great things for Paul Henshaw and The Scientific Simpletons, what with the release of his fantastic 3rd album 'I Refuse To Sink' which received glowing reviews across the media. It demonstrated real bold talent and songs with such meaning and lyrical excellence that it makes you want to throw yourself at their feet as you would any colossal superstar. In this album we see Paul and the band deliver such elegance through a style that can sometimes be referred to as ambiguous. Having said that, it sometimes proves difficult to find an album that, with every song, renders a different bubbling emotion within the pit of your stomach. But this is an album that can do just that. Each song is as energy filled and passionate as the next with Paul (through the lyrics) clearly reminiscing on some of his previous more anger filled songs with an almost ridiculing attitude that certainly fills any room he performs in with an entertaining ambiance.

 

The upbeat hit ''Irish Singer Song Writer'' appears as the second single on the album and it really sticks out, taking the listener on a poignant journey into the mind of a slightly more youthful Paul through some rip-roaring folky riffs in a rather unique way. The lyrics ''Ever since I was a boy, I played guitar and dreamt of breaking hearts'' demonstrates how rooted Paul's commitment and determination for recognition is and I think is what makes him really stand out from the crowd (apart from the obvious - he bloody knows his way around a guitar).

 

2014 and Paul's commitment gave him the opportunity to explore the Far East on a solo soul-searching quest through China, Taiwan and Thailand. It gave him massive album success and a smashing festival season. With the success aromatically filing through to this year, Paul has already seen prosperity within the Amazon charts with a No 2 single and ''Alone In The Crowd, My Mate And Me'', written by murdered Shrewsbury busker Ben Bebbington, reached Amazon's No 1 folk best seller. Paul has also shared stages with some of the acclaimed artists of his genre such as Newton Faulkner, the hilarious John Otway, The Orb and many more.

 

So, I hope at this point you're still wearing Paul Henshaw’s rugged old boots? You are? Good. Let me ask you this then; if you have had this amount of promising auspiciousness as a brash and exceptionally talented up and comer, would you be satisfied? If the answer is a resounding no then you have certainly filled those boots well, as neither is Paul. The sky is the limit for this Shropshire gent and with the level of prosperity we're seeing throughout all aspects of his musical occupation so far, I predict a career destined for individual folk-punk immortality, and rapid musical oblivion. To infinity and beyond...

 

BETH HEMMINGS

KicROCKS

KicFM

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