Introducing... General Paulus
With MrsVee's Musical Train Wreck fast approaching, TMF caught up with Gregg Kelly of General Paulus who will be opening up the bill.
Hello Gregg! First tell us a little about how General Paulus came about.
I decided I wanted to form my own band/solo career instead of playing in the background as a bassist and wanted to choose a name which stood out.
I’m a keen historian, so chose a figure from a part of history which is important but not many people know about.
How would you describe your music to someone unfamiliar with it, and what are your most prominent influences?
Gritty, loud alternative rock music.
What have General Paulus been up to recently?
I’ve been a bit lazy recently with silly distractions. I am currently in the middle of writing two new songs though and adding a few gig dates for early next year.
You've released music as a part of the MrsVee label, but you're obviously quite different to a lot of the music on there. How do you think you fit in to the whole thing, and how did the relationship with MrsVee come about?
The good thing about Mrs Vee is that it can be quite alternative with its music taste and mainly supports local bands. A lot of my material is solo these days so it helps bring a bit of balance to the label.
I’ve also known Dan Vincent (founder of the label) for along time, we go way back and have featured on various tunes.
You're playing a show in London on the 19th November as part of the MrsVee night, what can the punters expect from your set?
I’ll probably thundering through a charged up song list with a few newer tunes thrown in for good measure. I won’t be getting drunk though as I’m away for a large Stag Do the next morning…
Any big plans for General Paulus in the new year?
One of my friends might start playing second guitar live with me to jazz things up a bit and I’m also thinking of starting a side project with a few old pals who I have played with throughout the years.
You can check out General Paulus at his Myspace.
General Paulus plays the MrsVee night at the Miller in London on the 19th November.