About

If I had more time and space, I could easily imagine Paul Baird part of the Bella Union family. With that ache of melancholy that runs through Mercury Rev’s “Holes” and Paul’s hallmark vocals, the beautiful “perfect girl” refrain (in the song, Paint) has been echoing around my head all week.
— Simon Raymonde (Bella Union Records/Cocteau Twins)
 
 
Paul Baird

Paul Baird

 

Origins

Just Everywhere is an exciting and diverse musical project helmed by Paul Baird (former Glass & I See Angels front-man). Born out of a chance meeting in Manchester’s Northern Quarter with Ramber Records, who suggested that Paul (taking time out from his dream-pop outfit, I See Angels) make a solo album for digital and cassette release on their up and coming indie label. The resulting debut album Silk of Stars - Ramber Records, 2017 was written and recorded in the space of six weeks and met with rave reviews leading to various tracks being played on radio stations around the world (UK, USA, New Zealand, South America, etc.) and being included on compilation albums, such as VA - The Sea (The Blog That Celebrates Itself Records, Brazil, 2017). Silk of Stars also featured in the influential Shoegazer Alive's Best Albums of 2017 list. Just Everywhere’s sophomore mini-album, The Light Side of the Raw (2018), explores some new territory for the artist; featuring hook-driven dream-pop with electronic beats and assorted funk flavours; chill in places with some pleasing ambient interludes, haunting piano-led pieces and vivid doses of shimmering, shoegaze-esque guitar. The homespun mini-album attracted praise from the likes of Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins) and Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub). As of mid-2019, new recordings are underway for a future Just Everywhere release.

 

Born and raised in Manchester, Paul Baird has previously featured in the Manchester Evening News (full page interview with David Sue) and graced the stages of venues including the o2 Apollo Manchester and Manchester Academy 1, supporting the likes of Elbow, Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500/Luna) and Puressence - touring extensively in Europe with the latter. Paul Baird’s musical journey gained tempo at 15 yrs old when he began gigging as a guitarist with a seasoned jazz band. This stint was soon followed by a job at Revolution Studios in Cheadle Hulme, where he assisted Andy MacPherson on album sessions by the likes of Teenage Fanclub (Thirteen) and the remixing/remastering of The Who – Live at Leeds. Hot on the heels of this, Paul joined Manchester indie punk buzz-band Breather, touring around the UK and performing at In The City festival in Dublin (1996) at the request of the late Tony Wilson. Paul left Breather on the eve of signing a deal with RCA (a decision he doesn’t regret) and formed his own band, which was deep in talks with Tony Wilson’s Factory Too label just before the label imploded. Glass (soon to be renamed I See Angels) evolved out of this period and released their debut album, Teenage Galaxies, on the Caserta Red label. Engineered by Andy MacPherson (The Who), mixed by Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers) and mastered by Adam Nunn (Radiohead) at Abbey Road Studios; the album received positive reviews in the likes of Mojo and featured singles that were heavily rotated on stations such as NME Radio and XFM. Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins/Bella Union Records) soon became a keen supporter of I See Angels and championed a number of their tracks on his weekly Amazing Radio show before the band went on hiatus. During this period Paul moonlighted as a new music blogger for TRU LUV and was featured in The Guardian and interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester for his new musical discoveries, including Molly Beanland. Paul was the first UK writer to happen upon (during a late night trawl through SoundCloud) and write about US duo Field Division, who eventually went on to sign a deal with one of Paul’s beloved labels - Bella Union Records.

 

A true solo project, Paul Baird writes, performs and produces his music, under the moniker Just Everywhere, at Studio 34, in Manchester.

 

Just Everywhere

Paul Baird
Songs / Vocals / Instruments / Production / Artwork

 

I really like the song (Paint) and the recording, it’s really nicely balanced - warm tones, great feel. I don’t always play recordings that I’m sent but I’m glad I decided to have a listen this time. If the rest of your LP is like this then I’ll look forward to hearing it.
— Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub)