Music

Daughtry bassist loves relaxing at Clovis home

The Fresno BeeNovember 21, 2011 

Popular rock band Daughtry, headed by "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry, released its third album Monday, "Break the Spell."

Daughtry himself isn't a local, but his bass player Josh Paul calls Clovis home.

Paul -- who previously played in Suicidal Tendencies -- isn't a native. He grew up in Los Angeles. His wife's family is from here, so the couple relocated a few years back to raise their family.

As "Break the Spell" hits the masses, Paul is excited about the album's single, "Renegade," which he co-wrote with Daughtry.

We caught up with Paul, 34, to talk more about the album, Daughtry's tour plans and his take on living in the Valley.

Question: What are you most excited about with the new album?

Answer: I'm really excited mostly about being able to play some new songs. [Laughs]. Honestly, there is a bit heavier sound on this album on a few of the songs, which I love. Not metal heavy, but heavier than we've done in the past. I had the pleasure of writing a few of those songs with Chris, "Renegade" being one of them, which is being used as a rock single.

What's the band's creative process like? What's your role?

There are a lot of different settings and scenarios for the writing process. Chris wrote with a few outside writers, as he's done on the last two records, but on this one it was definitely a more collaborative effort. There were Skype writing sessions, e-mails, and then us sitting in the studio together just coming up with stuff. My role? I write tons and tons. I'll sit down at the computer and just lay down idea after idea. So, I just started sending 'em in!

When and where did you record the album?

We started the recording process in July doing a few things in North Carolina, then to L.A. to finish the rest of the recording. We did it fairly quickly.

Do you sense any big hits on the album?

I hope so. There are a lot of cool songs on "Break the Spell." I like "We're Not Gonna Fall," "Rescue Me," "Everything But Me" and I really hope "Renegade" does well at rock radio. I'd love for us to break into a little bit more of the rock world. If you've ever seen us live, we are definitely a rock band.

I know many artists don't like how the iTunes era has de-emphasized albums. What's your take on that?

Oh boy, you've opened up a can of worms! OK, here we go. I believe that this "download" era of music has made the concept of a full-length album almost invisible. Although full-length albums are available, the marketing is single-driven.

If someone hears a song on the radio that strikes their fancy, all that they do is go online and get that song. That one single that they hear over and over again on the radio is readily available online making the other songs on the album obsolete by default. There are kids out there today who don't even know that their favorite bands have more than one song recorded.

It's an evolved laziness by labels, bands and fans, unfortunately. I guess the thought process would be, "Why release a full-length album when we can release a single? Test the waters and see how it does." I LOVE having a full-length CD in my hands ... being able to read it and listen while I check out the album artwork and credits. Maybe I'm old-fashioned.

What kind of touring plans does the band have?

I have no clue at all. We are doing some Air Force bases next month, which I'm looking forward to. I'm not sure what's confirmed yet, but there will be a tour early next year. It's gonna be a busy year!

The band played Save Mart Center not too long ago. What are the chances of another local show?

I loved playing the Save Mart Center. If we are routed anywhere near Fresno, we'll be there.

On a personal note: I know you've had a chance to spend more time in the Valley recently. How do you like life here?

The lifestyle here is completely different than what I'm used to in L.A., but that is a good thing. Now when I have to go to L.A. for work, I can't wait to get out of there. It's much more relaxed here and it gives me a chance to actually enjoy being home. I really want to take a more active role in the community while I'm home, because I am sincerely proud to live here. Eventually I'd love to open a business or two here, and be able to spend more time home.

The reporter can be reached at mosegueda@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6479. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

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