Paul Leary issued his debut solo album The History Of Dogs in 1991. And now, thirty years later hes releasing the follow up Born Stupid. Leary is best known as guitarist/vocalist for the infamous psychedelic noise rock band Butthole Surfers.
Musically, Born Stupid largely steps away from the atomic punk energy and fuzzed-out metal riffing that defined the Butthole Surfers sound. Instead, Leary has crafted an equally compelling soundscape filled with carnival sideshow calliopes, spaghetti western guitar motifs, and off-kilter German beer hall waltzes. But where the Butthole Surfers work was often squarely focused on the manipulation of sounds and textures, Born Stupid is heavily rooted in the craft of song, and the records finely structured musical landscapes work to support the stories being sung.