Timing can be everything when it comes to gaining popularity. After performing with punk and post punk bands in Sydney in the 80s and 90s, Michael Cullen knows the changing of tides all too well, but has kept true to his artistic vision in the face of popular musical shifts. Luckily for him, we are now in a time when no one genre reigns supreme, and music is more accessible than ever before. Recorded on tape with tube microphones, old guitars, and analogue equipment, True Believer is an album that holds on to a musical style that Michael Cullen refuses to let slip into the background of history.
True Believer was released on October 1st, 2014, but the single “Cha Cha Cha D’Amour” has recently garnered attention with a new music video that you can watch above. The track is atmospheric and showcases the distinct baritone voice of Cullen. There is passion in the rumbling delivery of “I’m thinking of you”. A dark love song with definite danceability and a rawness that comes straight from the unique production, “Cha Cha Cha D’Amour” has a glimmer of authenticity to it that makes it unique in this time of post-punk revival bands.
The album takes this dark and near-primal energy and gives it an indie rock twist, playing between fast and grand (“Believer”), and slower, simpler tracks (“I Walk Alone”). Cullen dabbles in electronic soundscapes, such as on “Damaged”, while still remaining true to the raw and old-school skills he has developed, such as on the opening track, “Black Dog”. To listen to the full album, check it out on SoundCloud.