Alt-rocker Paula Punch releases new single ‘Holy Water’

Singer-songwriter Paula Punch has released her latest rock single, “Holy Water.” The track comes on the coattails of her popular full-length debut record, “Don’t Look Down,” and hints at a more forceful tone in the wake of her recent summer tour in California and Tennessee. Like the rest of Paula Punch’s repertoire, “Holy Water” has been proudly published on the Punch Park independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Verve-charged, passion-filled, and bearing hints of power pop this time, “Holy Water” is sure to turn heads of Paula Punch fans new and old.

Sydney, Australia’s Paula Punch is building an ever increasing fan base for her heartfelt music in her still-fledgling career as an indie rocker. In just over a year, she has gone from café open-mic favorite to the singer-songwriter of five successful singles, three official music videos, an American tour with talented singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow, and a debut LP record which continues to rack up download and streaming numbers. This newfound attention is unlikely to surprise those who know her, though.

The early musical experiences was mainly The Beatles played non-stop by my brother,” writes Punch. “After hearing this music – I had to get a guitar.”

Punch’s usual cited influences include Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronsandt, The Eurythmics, Traveling Wilburys, First Aid Kit, Bob Dylan and Ron Sexsmith. Her own style sometimes draws comparisons to the artists of the legendary Lilith Fair festival of the 1990s, particularly Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan.

Her new single, “Holy Water,” bears this sound perhaps more than any of her previous releases, having the gritty tonality of Tori Amos while maintaining the acoustic-electric, power-strumming tone of Sheryl Crow. Perhaps ironically, while Punch has hinted that the track is part of a forthcoming larger group of songs with a common sonic feel, it is also a song written long before the distribution of her first official single.

“…About 20 years ago in our little house in Balmain Sydney,” says Paula Punch. “Our two young sons were asleep and my husband, as usual, was working a late one at the studio, and I was singing in the bathroom as I could shut the door so I didn’t wake the boys, and it always sounded much better in there. This song came to me almost fully formed as if I was channeling it. Strange and wonderful when that happens.”

Paula has her longtime friends and successful musical artists Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch, singing soulful harmonies. The track was recording at Electric Avenue Studios in Sydney by Phil Punch and Robin Gist. The funky keyboards are delivered by Marko Simec, drums by Pete Drummond and bass by Ian Lees.

It’s a heartfelt and emotional song about innate guilt, and release,” she says, “forgiving yourself and searching for new beginnings. Perhaps my Catholic upbringing has weighed in here, somehow. But it’s really a love song – finding someone who sees you as you really are ‘and who you want to be,’ unlocking your own passion for life. Sometimes it takes someone else to reflect back one’s one inherent spirit.”

Holy Water” on the Punch Park label is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music stores now. Get in early, alt-rock fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Rock singer-songwriter Paula Punch releases debut LP ‘Don’t Look Down’

The singer-songwriter of rock and adult contemporary music known as Paula Punch has released her debut LP album, “Don’t Look Down.” The record contains eight original Punch tracks for an approximate total listening time of 30 minutes. Like the rest of Paula Punch’s repertoire, “Don’t Look Down” has been proudly published on the Punch Park independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Driving, grooving, powerful and uplifting, “Don’t Look Down” proves Paula Punch one of the most intriguing rock voices of 2018.

Sydney, Australia’s Paula Punch cites as main artistic influences Ed Kuepper, Joni Mitchell, Eurythmics, Ron Sexsmith, Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

Recently, I love Sigrid, First Aid Kit and LP,” she notes.

Her own style shares the same passionate, independent spirit which gave rise to names like Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan, and ultimately, to the now-legendary Lilith Fair of the 1990s. Fans of any of the above will find much to appreciate in “Don’t Look Down.”

Paula Punch’s debut LP showcases her as a varied songwriter, also. Songs on the record range from slow-burners like “Take Me Back” to pop cruisers like “Lucky Girl,” and from rock waltzes like “Watch Over Me” to the finger-snapping title track, “Don’t Look Down,” a radio-ready single which works to exemplify Punch’s album in theme as well as tone.

Paula’s music is personal,” says the Punch Park label of its namesake artist, “yet it talks to women about living a modern life in an urban environment with all the joys and struggles that emanate from the constant juggle.”

Paula Punch, herself, says, “The music has changed my world. I feel like a teenager again – inspired, energized and excited to tell more stories through my songs.”

Paula Punch began her music career in earnest in 2017 and wasted no time in achieving Fifth Place in the ASA Songwriting Competition for her single, “Take Me Back.” Her music is studio produced by Rob Gist (guitarist, Girl Overboard). Her musical creativity spun from her creation of Punch Park, which has been described as “a website dedicated to expressing her creativity through fashion, music and art, and sharing her stories by recording and performing her own songs.”

Don’t Look Down” by Paula Punch is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, singer-songwriter fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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