Paul Coady has been a regular on the Chicago rock-n-roll scene for over 20 years. Prior to his solo CDs, Paul released several recordings with the band Prairie Town. Since going solo with the release of 2009's "Quarter Mile," Paul has enjoyed critical success and steady interest. 2011's "Driftin' Years" expanded on this success.
Paul likes to describe his writing as "straight-forward storytelling, backed up by a raucous bar-band." The songs range from agressive guitar rock to contemplative naratives, but they all come from a place of grounded honesty.
2013's "Our Father's Sons" features the hard work of rhythm section Rob Fore (Bass) and Joe Klapka (Drums), collectively known as The Edsel Bros. Paul (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica) is proud to have Joe and Rob join him as he tells his stories.
Paul's songs have been featured in the independent films of Chicago director Angel Abcede, along with intstrumental tracks Paul has created specifically for the films. Paul also produced a version of Ronny and the Daytonas' hit "Little GTO" for use in the Raybestos Brakes award-winning campaign for their give-away of a 1964 GTO. The videos featuring this version of the song garnered well over 150,000 downloads.
Paul is also host of the Loudcottage Podcast, a discussion of current events and arts.
Press Reviews of "Our Father's Sons"
It’s not hard to imagine Paul Coady and his pals banging away in a basement recording Our Father’s Sons, which in no way should be misconstrued as a negative observation. There’s a roughness and immediacy to the music that’s energizing, especially on “I’m Goin’ Back” and the Rolling Stones-infused “No Excuse.” A local fixture for more than two decades, the 10 tunes here find him ready and raring for more.
– Jeff Berkwits, Illinois Entertainer
There’s a track on here, “Closing Day,” which despite a Springsteen-ian theme sounds almost exactly like a classic Rolling Stones ballad. Think about that -- lots of bands ape the struttery of upbeat Rolling Stones, but who has the chops to pull off a “new” Stones’ ballad? I guess I never noticed Coady’s voice could get so Mick-y, but I also think his backing band, the Edsel Bros., are hitting that magical spot of spare, near perfect instrumentation. That there’s also some power pop/bar band/Americana/rootsy/Midwest alchemy going here (that no Brit band could fake, no matter how many trips to Chess Studio they took) makes this Coady’s best effort yet.
– Jake Austen, Roctober Magazine
These guys have an image that isn't quite like anything we've seen before. Instead of trying to look cool, hip, and current...in their publicity photo they're sitting at a table playing poker and drinking...and looking like the biggest squares in the universe. We love it. The band is comprised of Paul Coady (vocals, guitars, harmonica), Joe Klapka (drums, vocals), and Rob Fore (bass, vocals). This may not be the best album ever recorded in terms of sound quality. But what it lacks in slick polished sound it more than makes up for with personality and spirit. This ten track album is simple, direct, and fun...and after hearing this we can't help but feel these guys put on one helluva fun show for their fans. Our favorite cuts include "Bad Days/Good Nights," "Closing Day," and "Horn O Plenty."
– LMNOP (aka dONW7), babysue.com
With a charismatic vocal wonderfully reminiscent of legendary blues-rocker, Mick Jagger, Paul Coady provides the soundtrack to a celebration of honest-to-God rock 'n' roll that (together with supporting band,The Edsel Bros.) summons what it must have been like to party with The Standells.
Let it be said, only Paul Coady could turn me onto the rational exuberance of The Long Ryders' “Looking for Lewis and Clark,” not only capturing its spirit but also overtaking its lead vocal with Coady's. Indeed, with his considerable vocal chops, Coady & Co. are a force to be reckoned with when they switch things up on the album's standout track, “Horn O Plenty.” Unlike the monochrome distorted chord jangle elsewhere on Our Father's Sons, this jam is built on distortion swells that find definition in a prominent bassline recalling early-80's arcade game, Spy Hunter. On top of that, Coady's attitudinal sneer of “I feel used” (as in, “I know what you're doin', yeah, you're just killin' time / I feel used”) sets up a memorable musical hook: “I feel used one time too many / You talk of love, but I don't feel any / Lord, I feel used.”
Their particular brand of rock 'n' roll is the type that fuels all-nighters full of drag-races and drinking on car hoods. To wit, in an interview with Chicago Indie Music Live, Coady recounted one fan's reaction to his live show with The Edsel Bros.: "That's rock-n-roll, you made me feel like I was 17." That about sums it up.
– Bryan Cahpin, Chicago Indie Music Live
The album "Our Father's Sons" is for me a very, pleasant introduction to Paul Coady. A seasoned musician, who has spent more than two decades in the world of rock 'n roll in notorious bars and small, obscure clubs in Chicago. A purebred, right-in-your-face, storyteller with a lightly Mick Jagger referring voice, accompanied by raw, gritty, energetic, clinking, laconic, primitive, tight, exciting, radio-unfriendly...but certainly very pleasant sounding garage with The Edsel Brothers and Coady's nice howling harmonica.
Sixties garage rock and punk with a dingy, greasy nod to the "evil" music of American rebels including The Sonics, The Standells, The Seeds and the early days of bands like The Rolling Stones and the Kinks recalcitrant from England. The deja-vu feeling alone makes "Our Father's Sons" more than a little party. Proven, recognizable and incredibly fun.
– Johan Schoenmakers, AltCountryForum.nl
Translated from Dutch