Pope Paul & The Illegals Interview

1.) We see you’re recording with the good people at Dial Back Sound. What’s that experience been like?

Bronson of Dial Back Sound is the most professional sound engineer we have ever worked with. He knew just how to set us up when we started to record our second album “The Dial Back Boogie.” He took us in straight from the road when we got in late at night and said, “Alright you boys are used to playing late sets on the road so let’s get ya tracking now”… and that first night we tracked 4 songs and 3 were keepers. It was also super humbling to have Dial Back regulars like Jimbo Mathis sit in on our original song, “Major Minor Rip Off” and dig our style. Lastly Matt Patton is a really stand up guy and made sure we were set up for the experience and he even got us backstage at a Drive By Truckers show back in our home state of CA before we even set foot in Dial Back just so we can meet him and have a good time! We already recorded our next EP at Dial Back on this tour and pretty much plan to exclusively record there.


2.) When can we expect the next EP to drop?
When it comes to our next EP it’s already in the mixing and mastering phase in the hands of Bronson at Dial Back. Our second album is only a few months old so we might take a little time to release this next EP but we feel like we’ve stepped up our game even more returning to Dial Back for the second time.


3.) How’s the tour going?
This Manifest Destiny Tour 2017 has been a blast! It has been pretty unreal to have returning and new fans come out to our shows and actually request our original songs! We don’t get that much in CA. This is our fourth official tour and also our longest at six weeks and we could not be happier with all the turn outs. Usually we just love touring the South but adding the East Coast has been way worth it!

4.) What’s everybody’s go to gas station food?

When it comes to gas we just hit whatever is cheapest and we love our late night Waffle House trips.


The food that fuels Pope Paul & The Illegals

5.)  What’s been spinning in the van this summer?

Music in the Pope-Mobile is always on random from the phone of whoever is driving… but I’d say we play a lot of Road Kings, Legendary Shack Shakers, Hank III, and Reverend Horton Heat… and the occasional Unknown Hinson singalong!


Catch these guys tearing up Franks Power Plant on Thursday, July 20th

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