“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.
Adam Algin and William T. Cook a modern folk duo that take you by surprise on a sleepy day. Pull everything you love from the Lumineers & all you resonate with from Need To Breathe and roll them into one and there you will find Neulore ready and waiting for you.
Name: Adam Agin
Age: 29 in 11 days
Where are you writing this: A Holiday Inn 20 miles south of Minneapolis
Home is where your story begins.
Tell us a little about where you come from and how Neulore came to be.
I grew up in Indiana. My father was a salesman and my mother was a gospel singer. We had our share of financial struggles, but love was never an issue. William grew up in Bowling Green, KY and we met in Nashville 5 years ago at a small gathering. I was on the hunt for people to build the band with and our musical chemistry came easily.
Best describe your musical style.
We call it Modern Folk, but really we are inspired by an array of styles. I grew up on singer songwriters like James Taylor and soul artists like Otis Redding. William has a classical background and went through a classic rock stage in high school. For us, it comes down to a good story and heart.
I usually have a list of words or song titles that I’ve wanted to use. It’s an on going list. We typically flush out a progression or melody that seems to fit the the feeling we want to create that day. Then we work out lyrics. Our main goal is having the feeling of the instrumentation fit the story.
Tell us how you bring together your music and the visual images so strongly portrayed in your songs.
For ‘Animal Evolve’ we created this alternate world. It only lives in our heads but it’s quite vivid to us. So we used a specific kind of vocabulary to help the listener hear what we see.
What would you like us to know about ‘Shadow of a Man’.
It was the last song we wrote for the record. The day before our last day in the studio. All we were going for was something upbeat and something epic.