So many records I’ve made have an asterisk next to them,” explains LA songwriter, punk musician, and producer PAUL ROESSLER about being often seen with “guest appearance from” or “produced by” next to his name.

Stepping out from behind the production boards and into the spotlight, the sought after producer is releasing the most inspired album of his career The Turning Of The Bright World on July 12, 2022 via Kitten Robot Records.

In addition, Roessler has released “Maker,” the lead single and the first preview of The Turning of The Bright World. “Maker” can be streamed on DSPs now.

Having released a handful of records previously, Roessler distills decades of experience to produce his most realized and articulate expression to date. “TheArc was written when I was 16,” he adds, reflecting on his musical output. “6/12 was written, recorded, and put out in one month. The Drug Years was recorded in my garage at home on relatively primitive gear. By the time I was doing “Bright World,” I had been producing albums for a while in real studios. So this should sound how I want it to, not what it defaults to. At least in theory.”

On the heels of quadruple-double album epic The Drug YearsThe Turning Of The Bright World focuses on melancholia, reflections, and piano leads more so than on previous albums. “I’m always inspired to create something where I sense there is a void, where no one else is exploring that area,” explains Roessler about his impulse to record this album. “That becomes increasingly difficult with such an incredible amount of music being released every day, so it can’t be a rule or anything like that. I could say that I become inspired by the possibilities that the new technologies offer me, limitless sounds and capabilities. All of that factors in.”

Kicking off with the somber, piano-led “Elephant Man,” Roessler layers vocal harmonies on top of each other alongside spare percussion. The song climaxes with the addition of strings and sticks out as one of the most emotional on the record. The next track is the previously mentioned lead single “Maker,” a sonically self-contained electropunk explosion that just hints at what he’s capable of, possessing all the experience he’s accumulated by working with other artists as well as exploring his own musical well of creativity. “It’s such a faux pop song,” laughs Roessler. “I have to admit, since The Screamers never recorded anything, some part of me has been trying to make up for it ever since. So this song is a little tip of the hat to them.”

Other highlights include the industrial-tinged epic “Awake,” which starts off with electronic glitches hiding in the background of a mesmerizing piano solo, with cymbals that guide the track. “Awake” is a fiery statement that serves as one of the most overtly political on the record. There’s also the electric-guitar driven ballad “Heaventree,” the driving riff-focused rock of “A Quiet Night On The Mooncam,” as well as the ambient synth-drenched “A Shallow Shadow Complete.”

A prolific producer who runs the LA production stable Kitten Robot Studios, Roessler has served as the producer/engineer on Kitten Robot releases from Josie CottonEddie Spaghetti & Frank MeyerHayley and the CrushersTombstones In Their Eyes,CrowJane, and the upcoming records from Harry Cloud and Glitter Wizard.

As an artist however, Roessler wrote his first opus, the rock opera TheArc, while still in high school with his prog/classic rock influences (Yes, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa) on his sleeve. Segueing from that genre into finding his footing in electropunk, he joined Screamers as one of two keyboardists in the guitar-less L.A.-based musical pioneers, labeled ‘punk rock’ for lack of anything more suitable.

In the 1980s, Paul started the band Twisted Roots along with Pat Smear (Germs/Foo Fighters) and his sister Kira prior to her involvement with Black Flag.  Paul also partnered on music with Mike Watt (Crimony) and Dez Cadeda (DC3), as well as joining with a wide variety of artists/bands, including 45 GraveNervous GenderGeza Xand the Mommymen, and Nina Hagen.  The subsequent years saw him join forces with Mark CurryPrickLeahAndreone, and Gitane Demone Quartet. Paul Roessler’s production career has also seen him produce for T.S.O.L., Richie RamonePat The Bunny, and many other bands and artists.

“Each song has its own message, even if sometimes that message could never really be explained,” concludes Roessler. “I like those kinds of songs a lot. The music preached to me, and I did my best to deliver what it was saying.”

The Turning Of The Bright World will be released on July 12viaKitten Robot RecordsPaul Roessler is available for interviews.



1. Elephant Man
2. Maker
3. The Only Thing That Matters
4. Possibility of Psychic Phenomenon
5. Awake
6. Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
7. Heaventree
8. A Quiet Night On The Mooncam
9. The Last Time My Head Was Right
10. They
11. A Shallow Shadow Complete
12. No Time
13. The Late Show

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