Have you ever ever met somebody with the identical actual identify as you? Paul O’Sullivan from Baltimore, Maryland has — and his fellow Paul O’Sullivans ended up turning into good associates.
“One evening, I used to be sort of simply indiscriminately including Paul O’Sullivans on Fb and an excellent quantity of them accepted my buddy request,” O’Sullivan, who has turn into often known as Baltimore Paul, advised CBS Information. “Ultimately, their stuff began displaying up in my information feed. And I am like, ‘Wait a minute, we’re all musicians.’ You recognize, it sort of felt just like the universe was daring me to do one thing with this serendipitous situation.”
Baltimore Paul reached out to musical Paul O’Sullivans around the globe. Ultimately, three Pauls agreed to type a musical group with him, aptly named The Paul O’Sullivan Band. Manchester Paul is on bass, Pennsylvania Paul is on percussion and Baltimore Paul and Rotterdam Paul are on guitar and vocals.
“On this world, typically you suppose every little thing’s been accomplished,” Manchester Paul, from the U.Okay, advised CBS Information throughout an interview with all 4 Paul O’Sullivans. “Significantly with the web, every little thing’s been coated, every little thing’s been accomplished. Properly truly, this felt like a primary. And it nonetheless appears like a primary.”
The Pauls put out a single at the beginning of 2020. And when the world shut down, they realized they’d been working remotely collectively anyway, so that they determined to make use of the lockdown to file an entire album.
“It feels nice to have the ability to contact folks on the opposite aspect of the world if you’re in lockdown since you do not feel alone for the time being,” stated Rotterdam Paul, who hails from the Netherlands metropolis.
They wrote and recorded their album like an meeting line, Baltimore Paul stated. He and Rotterdam Paul first wrote lyrics then despatched concepts to Manchester Paul for closing approval.
“I am not an enormous lyric writing man, however inside the first day of assembly, the subsequent day he despatched me a complete Microsoft Phrase web page of track lyrics,” Baltimore Paul stated about Rotterdam Paul. “And I used to be similar to, man, this is likely to be the start of a extremely cool Lennon-McCartney partnership, if you’ll.”
When Pennsylvania Paul requested which one is the Paul McCartney and which one is the John Lennon, Baltimore Paul stated it is difficult, since they’re each named Paul.
For all 4 Pauls, music has at all times been an outlet — and it was extra vital than ever throughout 2020. “Should you be taught to play an instrument, it will probably allow you to by some darkish occasions,” Manchester Paul stated.
“I’ve at all times used music to assist me get by the dangerous occasions, I at all times say. It simply obtained you thru the entire lockdown, I believe. Truly, I believe the lockdown went sooner as a result of I used to be doing this for the time being,” Rotterdam Paul added.
Throughout a 12 months when many issues have been placed on pause, these 4 have been in a position to keep linked and make one thing nice. “As soon as COVID got here, so many doorways had shut on musicians,” Pennsylvania Paul stated. “And [Baltimore] Paul opened up this door already, proper? Then we had an additional objective.”
“And I believe for me, that gave me a whole lot of satisfaction, that I wasn’t locked out of every little thing. That in truth, we may accomplish issues, regardless of the brand new adversity,” he continued. “All people stated no, and Paul O’Sullivan Band stated sure.”