Shot by Graham Gall in the village of Hoskintown in rural NSW. The well worn locations of the Hoskintown RSL hall, 19th century stone church and adjacent cemetery, railway track and dirt road provide a vivid backdrop for Michael's tale of love and yearning - "Believer"
Michael has a new single - Believer for official release on Novermber 23rd but available for digital download now.
First apearing on True Believer but now re-mixed by Danton Supple, Believer is a glorious but glass half empty narrative in a unique and textured baritone vocal style with echoes of American mid century pulp writers, 60s Vegas cabaret and Southern Gothic Americana.
We are very excited to announce that for the first time in Australia, Michael will be playing songs from his internationally acclaimed album True Believer with his band The Soul Searchers on Thursday 19th November at the Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville. Tickets at Trybooking.com We would love to see you all there!Read official presss release here ...
Australian Spectrum Radio Show
5th August 2015
Michael appeared on Ross Fear's famous Australian Spectrum Radio Program on Monday August 4th. Read more ...
Cha Cha Cha d'Amour video
12th May 2015
The video for Cha Cha d'Amour is out now.
Filmed in Canberra by Graham Gall at a number of locations including the Beyond Q Bookshop and featuring actress Catherine Crowley, the new video is delicious blend of cabaret after closing time and film noir. Please check it out, give it a like and make a comment.
Double J plays Cha Cha Cha d'Amour
3rd June 2015
Henry Waggons featured Cha Cha Cha d'Amour on his outstanding 'Tower of Song' program on ABC's Double J network on June 2nd. Read more ...
Cha Cha Cha d'Amour single
15th April 2015
A new radio edit version of Cha Cha Cha d'Amour is set to be released as the first single from True Believer on May 25th.
Cha Cha Cha d'Amour Radio Edit to be released as a single
2nd April 2015
Recorded on analogue tape, using old tube microphones and plenty of equipment with large bakelite knobs, co-produced by Michael with Tim Powles (of the Australian masters of guitar atmospherics, The Church) and mixed by Danton Supple (Morrisey, Coldplay) Cha Cha exudes a vintage but timeless sound.
True Believer continues to get airplay at KQAL Winona Minnesota
5th March 2015
Big thank you to KQAL Winona, Minnesota where True Believer has been in rotation for six months!
Critical Acclaim for True Believer
1st February 2015
Thanks to those writers, bloggers and music lovers who pounced on the album as soon it was virtually available. We couldn't be more thrilled with the response to True Believer.
Our own Sydney Morning Herald awarded True Believer 4.5 Stars out of 5.
Backseat Mafia hit the nail on the head with this "True Believer is a hedonistic, lush, red velvet-curtained fragile and beautiful album. Imbued with the sexual frustration and louche ambivalence of Robert Forster from The Go-Betweens and underpinned by a Nick Cave-like gothic baritone darkness" we couldn't have written it better than that!
The Black Magazine very kindly said that "despite the song Nothing Special on his new album True Believer, there is distinctly something special in the voice of indie pop star, Michael Cullen." Now you know why we are pleased! You can read many more reviews here
Tomatrax Music Blog names Black Dog #1 song of the year
28th January 2015
Tomatrax, the Australian independent music blog, has named Black Dog, the opening track on True Believer as song of the year for 2014.
There has been a very positive reaction to True Believer across US College Radio and we are thrilled. In the past 8 weeks, over 135 stations have added True Believer into their rotations, including core stations WRUW in Cleveland read more ...
4.5 Stars from Sydney Morning Herald
20th November 2014
True Believer has received a sensational review in Australia's leading broadsheet newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, Read the full review here.
CD and digital download versions of True Believer are now available from CD Baby plus super high resolution digital from BandCamp! as well as standard digital download from Amazon and iTunes and lots of lots of other places too! Read more ...