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Based in San Diego, California
Founded in 2023
Genre: ethereal indie rock 
Independent Artists

Please Ask for Paul is . . .

Marlo J Smith - vocals & guitar

Joshua McCleskey - guitars

Sean Cox Briar - bass

Jules Stewart - drums

Please Ask for Paul is an emerging indie music project led by Marlo J Smith and Joshua McCleskey who carefully blend celestial dreamscapes with restless angst. Longing to express themselves beyond comfortable orbit, PAFP is the resulting spectral equinox between two kindred spirits seeking company within their songs. Propelled by their signature moon-jeweled vocals, atmospheric guitar, and driving rhythms, PAFP offers a brand of ethereal indie rock that is both foreign and familiar. 

Recently nominated as 'Best New Artist' by the San Diego Music Awards, Please Ask for Paul sailed into the SoCal scene with their debut EP 'New Runes' in October of 2023. Recorded with producer Scott Seader, 'Paul's' freshman EP showcases their celestial storytelling and expansive soundscapes. This year has seen PAFP play notable venues such as The Casbah, The Holding Company, Breaking Sound and Jacumba Hot Springs. Recently having played alongside acts such as Particle Kid, Ty Segall, Louis XIV at the North Park Music Festival, and Moon Panda at Soda Bar, ‘Paul’ continues to turn heads and catch ears. 

 

Joining Marlo and Joshua on this musical odyssey are bassist Sean Cox Briar and drummer Jules Stewart, each bringing their own noteworthy musical backgrounds and unique stylings. Ever-evolving, PAFP is an amorphous entity that can take many shapes and forms, from an atmospheric duo to full band high-energy indie rock, and many things in between. At the core of it all is honest songwriting  and captivating performance.

Please Ask for Paul is thrilled to announce that a second EP is well-underway and with the first single 'The Dove' having dropped on Earth Day. PAFP's sophomore release 'The Realm of Hungry Ghosts" is on its way.

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