Paul Mullen performing with The Automatic at Barry Waterfront Festival in 2009
|Birth name||Paul Mullen|
|Born||6 September 1982|
|Origin||Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, England|
|Genres||Math rock, electro, pop punk, alternative rock, post-hardcore|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, synthesizers|
|Associated acts||Muddy Bee, yourcodenameis:milo, The Automatic, Codes in the Clouds, Young Legionnaire, Losers, Horse Fight, Bleach Blood|
|Gibson SG, Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul|
Paul Mullen (born 6 September 1982) is an English musician, most notable recognized for being the primary vocalist and guitarist with Yourcodenameis:milo, The Automatic & Young Legionnaire. Mullen also belongs to Losers, Bleach Blood and features in the live performances of Horse Fight.
Born in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, Mullen began his career with yourcodenameis:milo, who went on hiatus in 2007. He later became the joint lead vocalist, guitarist and synthesizer player for The Automatic from 2007 onwards. He lived in Cardiff after joining The Automatic, forming Young Legionnaire with Dean Pearson and Gordon Moakes (of Bloc Party). He joined Losers with former Cooper Temple Clause frontman Tom Bellamy and XFM Presenter Eddy Temple Morris.
Beginnings & Muddy Bee
yourcodenameis:milo formed in 2002 Washington, Tyne and Wear with Mullen providing vocals, guitar and synthesizers, during the band's run. They released two albums, Ignoto and They Came from the Sun, as well as their breakthrough mini-album All Roads to Fault and collaboration album Print Is Dead Vol 1 which featured artists such as Gordon Moakes of Bloc Party, Tom Vek, Lethal Bizzle, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and The Automatic.
On 21 August 2007, YCNI:M announced that they would go on indefinite hiatus, stating "We are all exceptionally proud of all we have achieved as a band, but feel it is time to move on and explore new paths both musical and non- musical" The band have on numerous occasions maintained YCNI:M will eventually return.
The Automatic (2007–present)
On 19 October 2007, it was announced that Mullen would join The Automatic as a second guitarist. Mullen was known by the band from their collaboration between YCNI:M and The Automatic with Print Is Dead Vol 1 track "The Trapeze Artist", and a mutual friend had suggested Mullen as he was 'out of work' after the YCNI:M split. Original members Frost, Iwan and Rob had already wrote a number of tracks for a second album, and with Mullen joining the first track to be written as a group was "This Ship", and in January 2008 the band headed to America to record the album This Is a Fix.
It featured lead and backing vocals from Mullen, with tracks such as "This Is a Fix" and "Magazines" featuring Mullen's lead vocals. The band's third album Tear the Signs Down expanded upon Mullen's vocal duties with him taking lead in "High Time" and "Run & Hide".
Like YCNI:M the band are currently inactive, with members currently pursuing other projects.
Young Legionnaire (2010-present)
Similarly to Mullen's joining of The Automatic, the origin of Young Legionnaire also originates from the YCNI:M Print Is Dead sessions in 2006 when Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes collaborated with YCNI:M on the track 'Wait a Minute'. The original lineup featuring Mullen, Moakes and William Bowerman of Brontide & La Roux, however Bowerman was unable to continue playing with the band due to commitments with La Roux, subsequently leading the band to recruit Dean Pearson asa replacement drummer. The band released their debut album Crisis Works in 2011, following with an EP - Wreckonomics in 2012 before Moakes returned to working with Bloc Party again.
Mullen joined Tom Bellamy & Eddy Temple-Morris's band; Losers in 2011, providing synthesizers, guitars, backing & occasional lead vocals. He will make his first recorded appearance with the band in their upcoming second studio record, set for release in 2013.
Bleach Blood (2012-present)
In 2008 Mullen worked with the Dartford based band, Codes In The Clouds, on the track "Don't Awash In This Digital Landscape", providing vocals over the original version, which was purely instrumental.
With Muddy Bee
- The Basic Monster – 2002
- All Roads to Fault – 12 May 2004
- Ignoto – 18 April 2005
- Print Is Dead Vol 1 – 6 November 2006
- They Came From The Sun – 2 April 2007
With The Automatic
With Young Legionnaire
With Bleach Blood
- The Young Heartbreakers Club – 2012
- TBA – 2013
- Codes In The Clouds – "Don't Go Awash In This Digital Landscape" – January 2009
- Gibson SG (one in red and one white)
- Gibson Les Paul
- Gibson ES-335
- Orange OR120
- Marshall Bluesbreaker
- Fender Jaguar
- Fender Stratocaster
- Fender Telecaster
- Korg MicroKorg
- The Futureheads to play special show NME, 27 October 2006
- yourcodenameis:milo split up NME 22 August 2007
- The Automatic announce famous new member NME, 19 October 2007
- The Automatic break free for album no.3 euronews.net, 10 December 2009
- Young Legionnaire in session BBC Radio 1, 12 May 2011
- Bleach Blood - Young Heartbreakers Club Banquet Records, 3 December 2012
- Codes In The Clouds rcrdlbl.com