“PAULSON formed in New Jersey in 2001. After a few years of playing casually around the state, we signed with Kentucky-based Initial Records in 2004 and released our less-than-stellar first LP Variations. Unfortunately, the historic label went out of business shortly thereafter leaving us on the road without an album.
After some maneuvering, we signed with Long Island-based One Day Savior records, who gave Variations a re-release and also financed our follow-up All At Once in 2005. While without an agent or a manager, we still performed some 400 DIY shows during the last two years, building a dedicated fan base that belied our extremely low-key commercial presence and still confuses industry folks. Yeah, it's ridiculous, we didn't even have an endcap in Best Buy and yet some people like us. Weird. Those in the know had nice things to say about All At Once and within a few months of its release we had picked up a manager, booking agent and the attention of a number of prominent record labels who were interested in resigning us. We were feeling pretty good.
After careful consideration, we chose to sign with NYC-based Doghouse Records. After that we took it to the bank, bitches. About that time, our computer genius synth-player Mike Smeen decided to amicably exit the band to get rich on the corporate dime. It wasn't too bad, though, because our old friend John Guarente was getting tired of crying alone in his apartment every night and said he wanted to play keyboards. And voila! [The reincarnated PAULSON emerged yet again with our first appearance as Doghouse Record’s most recent signing to play this year’s CMJ showcase alongside label mates Jet Lag Gemini, Meg & Dia, Weatherbox, Army of Me and The Honorary Title. And yeah, we totally ruled the night with our rendition of Dirty Dancing’s “I’ve had the time of my life”…we know how to reel in the ladies.]
So now that's us. And Doghouse is going to reissue a remixed & remastered All At Once in March of 2007 complete with a few new tracks. So counting our original demo of Variations, we've released two albums five times on three labels. Is that ridiculous or what? Write some new songs already!"