Paul and Storm we half of Da Vinci's Notebook - an extremely popular a cappella quartet from the area. Their shows at Jammin Java in the early days were some of the most popular concerts we had. They'd regularly sell out two shows. There was a great onstage chemistry between the members and the shows were hilarious and the singing was phenomenal. When the band broke up, Paul and Storm started...Paul and Storm. They tour internationally as a duo and often with their friend, the great Jonathan Coulton. They're here February 12 for a very special hometown show!
Where and when was your first show?
P: Our first Paul and Storm show as a duo was actually at Jammin' Java! Our old band, Da Vinci's Notebook, had stopped touring. One of our other bandmates, Bernie Muller-Thym, was playing a solo show at Jammin' Java, and asked Storm if he'd like to open for him; we decided to give it a shot as a duo, wrote a couple songs, and the rest is, so to speak, history.
S: Completely true! I also remember being scared out of my skull, as it was the first time I'd ever played guitar in public. Doing so is only moderately frightening these days.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?
P: There's a ton of them, and it would be nearly impossible to narrow it down to just one. But to rattle off a couple: comedy-wise, I grew up listening to people like Tom Lehrer, Stan Freeberg, and of course "Weird Al" Yankovic, to name a few. I had pretty wide-ranging musical tastes growing up, but especially enjoyed good, well-written and well-crafted rock and pop—The Beatles, Genesis and Peter Gabriel, Prince, etc. (I had a very suburban upbringing.)
S: Pretty much the same story here, though without question I'd list The Beatles first. Musical theater was also a big influence earlier in my life, particularly in high school, where I was part of the theater crowd.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
In Madison, WI back around winter 2005 or so, we parked at our hotel and were walking back in—a light snow was falling—when we heard a tiny mewing under a car. A stray kitten was lurking there, and wandered right up to as as we went toward him. We took him into the hotel; the lady at the front desk had a friend at the local ASCPA, and said she'd take him when she got off shift in the morning. So we got to keep the kitten in our room for the night; and both of us being cat people, we couldn't have been happier. We got some milk, and fed the cat that and bits of meat from our leftover pizza, assembled a makeshift litter box; we named him Thurman, and bitterly competed for the cat's attention and fought over who he would sleep with.
When we awoke the next morning, we discovered that, as one might expect after overfeeding a hungry stray kitten all night, Thurman had crapped EVERYWHERE. On the carpet, on the bedspreads, on our luggage…and on our pillows and heads. Everywhere except the litter box, as it turned out. The mess was tremendous, as was the smell. We cleaned up best we could, threw out our respective pajamas, and left a massive tip out of guilt.
It's not Lez Zeppelin at the Chateau Marmont; but it was memorable.
P: GOOD pizza, and A&W root beer.
S: Anything well prepared, except for cucumbers, which are the devil; Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?
P: Who I wish would play me: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Who would actually play me: 1976-era Richard Dreyfuss.
S: Definitely Jon Hamm. And I want it to be directed by the Coen brothers. And I want to be in it, or any film by them.
What two words would best describe your music?
P: Surprisingly catchy.
S: Entirely Rubengoldbergesque.