“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I want to do a job that I’m not going to want to retire from. It’d be kinda cool to be writing songs as an old man, hopefully my voice will be more gravelly.
Photography by Penny Lane
Husband’s Michael Paolino captures the mystery and dark grit behind a weary traveller, tarnished soul, and mighty heart. His music is refreshing and unique in a toxic world.
Home is where your story begins, tell us a bit about yours.
I was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. Everyone is really friendly; there’s plenty of sunshine and over the past 10 years there’s been some awesome small bars opening, which is making the city a really great place to go to. My wife Sarah and I live near the ocean in a house I’ve almost finished renovating (it’s taken close to two years) with our loud obnoxious dog Luna and three-legged cat, Pirate. We love watching movies and TV series; every night we can’t wait to get on the couch and start watching something.
How did music find you?
When I was in year 4 or 5 at school my mum enrolled me in piano lessons. I hated them and used to skip them, pretending I’d forgotten to go which infuriated my mum. I’m not sure why, but I started begging for a guitar, which they finally gave me when I was 12. It was a little acoustic thing. Then it came down to my big brother who introduced me to Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I was a massive nerd in school. I found it almost impossible to rebel; I always did what I was told. But in my band it was like a world where I could make my own rules, and I think I was hooked playing music from about the age of 16.
‘The Money’ recorded in LA with Rick Parker. What influenced this journey?
Husband had been playing shows in Perth for about two years, getting to know what the band was about and getting the vibe right. While I was doing this I was feeling increasingly cut off from the wider music world. I wanted to get outside my comfort zone and show my songs to someone who had worked on great records. I suppose in a way, I wanted to see if they thought I was any good. Howl by BRMC is one of my favourite albums, so when my manager Rachel and I were wondering who to approach, his name came up and I thought, ‘as if that’ll happen’. But it turned out he was keen and everything miraculously fell into place.
Track three, ‘The Money’ written in Perth’s financial district: “One night I found myself walking through Perth’s financial district. It felt so dead… its sole purpose is to make money 9-5. The emptiness I felt inspired this song.” But did you feel the same sense on the streets of LA?
Yeah I suppose any financial district in any city in the world shuts its doors and becomes a bit of a shell. I find it sad how once the big banks shut their doors and the streets are quiet, some homeless guy will go and sleep on their steps. I suppose I have a pretty black and white way of thinking about it, but I don’t want to make money 9 to 5 so I can live 5 to 9. I haven’t found a career I love apart from writing music, so I suppose my gripe with money is just that – my gripe.