Behind the music – pMad –

Galway singer pMad has released his debut album, Who Why Where What. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
pMad is Paul Dillon of Portumna and he describes his album, which is released by Italian/Latvian record label Sliptrick Records, as Irish post-punk and gothic rock.
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“If The Cult and The Mission had a child this is what it would sound like,” he says.
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
pMad is Paul Dillon a solo artist from Portumna in Co. Galway. I run The Best of Irish Indie group on Facebook. I wear nearly exclusively black but I am not a priest nor am I sad.
How would you describe your music?

How I describe it and what people hear are different things. I like making music I like to listen to. So, for me to describe it, it would be post-punk, goth, new wave!! But it has been described as indie rock, alt-rock, 80s, darkwave, synthwave and industrial. Who am I to argue, people will hear what they hear and what they are familiar with. I love hearing what people have to say about pMad’s music and what they hear. People have said they hear anything from The Cure to The Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode to Ministry and Simple Minds to INXS. So that is quite varied. Will take all those as a compliment!
OUT NOW – @pmadtheband debut album ‘Who Why Where What’
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Who are your musical inspirations?

From an Irish perspective it would be A House and That Petrol Emotion, just brilliant. Not a bad song between them. Brilliant live also. But so many amazing Irish Indie bands through the years, Whipping Boy, Into Paradise, The Stunning, so, so many. Outside of that Arab Strap to Tom Waits, Dinosaur Jr to The Wedding Present, The Cure to The Smiths, Suicidal Tendencies to Public Enemy. So fortunate to be able to listen to music all day every day, if there never was a pMad, I would still be listening to music all day every day and dreaming of making my own!
What was the first gig you ever went to?

Simple Minds, Croke Park on June 28, 1986. Also, on the bill were In Tua Nua, Blue In Heaven, The Waterboys and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. Remember us all getting Kearns bus up to Dublin from Portumna. We already had seen In Tua Nua at the concert at the Scout Jamboree in Portumna in 1985 (was that my first concert?) and Leslie and gang were brilliant. Steve Wickham had left In Tua Nua and gone to The Waterboys. What an amazing day and an amazing line up. Jim Kerr and Simple Minds were just fantastic. Only downside was no Derek Forbes, Simple Minds were never the same in releasing music without him.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Howard Jones – Human Lib on cassette, saved up and went to the local music store and bought it. And wore down to nothing. Loved the beat, loved the music, loved the lyrics, loved the spikey hair (leading me to goth and The Cure)!! Bought the re-issue again on CD and vinyl recently and still sounds brilliant!
What’s your favourite song right now?

That is tricky, there is so much great music being made at the moment, contrary to popular opinion. Amyl and the Sniffers – Guided by Angels, Arab Strap – Fable of the Urban Fox and an old one I have on repeat, Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot. But loving new stuff from Bob Vylan, Benefits, Big Boy Foolish, One Morning In August, thanks mom, Forge Hounds, NewDad, Just Mustard and so much more.
Favourite lyric of all time?
It has to be The Smiths and it could be any of them. “I wear black on the outside because black is how I feel on the inside.” But like I said, any of The Smiths’ lyrics, oh such bloody awful poetry.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That is so not easy, it would be a Tom Waits song, any song you pick off Bone Machine, noi a bad song on that album but probably Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce.
Will pMad be having a band Christmas party?
Oh yes, oh yes, love to party no matter when. pMad is not just for Christmas!! So, if anyone wants to join me, there is lots of room!! Being that it is only me so far.
Where can people find your music/more information?
My website and all my social media links are here.

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