Born in Sheffield, Paul Fletcher has been navigating his city’s music scene for as long as he can remember. A singer, songwriter, and producer, Paul spent two years as lead song writer and guitarist with the indie band Blind Drivers, Paul left to concentrate on production duties and writing projects for a number of established pop acts, which has led to several tracks breaking into the top 40 UK charts. Not content with just being behind a desk however, Paul took the punt as a solo artist, writing and recording 2019’s ‘Rewind Your Soul’ before signing a further deal under the Paul Fletcher and Dukes banner to write and record three more albums.
The first of those albums, In the Blink of an Eye finds Paul’s seeking a deeper meaning, tackling love, friendships and loss, whilst creating catchy choruses that will inevitably see crowds connecting with the artist and songs.
The new album (Produced by Dave Sanderson of Reverend and The Makers, 65 days of Static fame) sees Paul being pushed to draw from influences from his past, but to ‘always keep the listener guessing’ as to what is coming next. As much as the songs are deeply personal, the sense of the album is that ‘everything will be ok and we’ve got to stick together’ (a notion very relevant for the times we live in) and there’s a sense of euphoria and hope that comes through in everything that Paul is writing about.
The first single, ‘Bright City Light’s’, is influenced by the ‘70s New York’s music scene, however, it also manages to keep one foot planted firmly in Sheffield.
Described by Paul as being “a song about being a relationship where you’re in a group and it’s as if you must stay in it because of the other people in the group, we’ve all been there. When it does break up, then you’re being questioned as to why it’s broken up – if that makes sense. It’s euphoric, it’s explaining that situation, but then saying ‘fuck it’ lets just dance and have a great time as you’re free of that burden. It’s all going to be ok.”
‘Bright City Lights’ will be released on 01/02/2021. The album, In the Blink of An Eye is due 01/04/2021.
Paul Fletcher & The Dukes are:
- Paul Fletcher – Lead Vocal / Guitar
- Mike Beatham – Lead Guitar
- Kirsty Mullen – Bass
- Stephen Broughton – Drums