Michael Cullen is an Australian song writer and performer. Michael plays old semi-acoustic guitars and likes recording with tape machines and other analogue equipment.
Michael can be intense and has a baritone voice which ranges in tone from mellifluous near croon to old testament tirade.
Michael's debut solo album Love Transmitter has just been re-mastered and re-issued for the American market.
Michael is currently recording the long awaited follow up with long time collaborator Tim Powles, which has the working title of After the Romance.
You can’t quite tell whether he’s sad, pissed off, wasted, or in a state of perpetually not giving a shit, but that fact, the enigma of Cullen's delivery throughout this album, makes it a consistently compelling listen. read more ...
It’s no wonder this album has won many accolades with the indie community in Australia. Michael Cullen and fellow musician, Tim Powles, control space like it’s in the palm of their hand. They shift from an in-your-face bruiser of a song into a soft and somber tune like, “Hey Sister”. Arms spread wide, and eyes closed, this is how the track is supposed to be listened too. The duo just kills it as musicians. read more ...
Soletron - The Next Big Thing? Michael Cullen Love Transmitter
Is it any secret that the 80′s were the last great decade of pop music? In teaming up with the Church’s producer Tim Powles, [Michael Cullen] has recaptured the feeling of [a] great era of music and in doing so made one of the most convincing New Wave revival albums of the year. read more ...
Resonating with moody melancholia and a strange, dark beauty, Love Transmitter is a reverb-drenched, atmospheric slice of synth pop that explores both the nature of love, and the nature of love gone wrong. read more ...
The Music Universe
It’s refreshing to hear an artist evoking the spirit of the 80’s, 90, and the 21st century without sounding cheesy. Michael Cullen’s new album, Love Transmitter, is definitely one of [the] best indie albums of the year. read more ...
The opening organ strains of “Do You Believe” bring me back to a time when media and computer manipulation was just an infant and emotional pull was king. The lo-fi keys and damp understated drum hits are old school quality and Cullens brassy vocals are emotive and raw. read more ...
first recorded … in the early-2000s … Over a decade later the album, recently remixed and reissued, holds up as a post-punk masterpiece full of sonic melancholy and precarious anger. read more ...
Critical Acclaim for Love Transmitter Re-Mastered.
23rd April 2014
The reviews are in and we are thrilled with the response to the re-mastered version of Love Transmitter. Here are some highlights:
Craig Manning writes in Absolute Punk that "You can’t quite tell whether he’s sad, pissed off, wasted, or in a state of perpetually not giving a shit, but that fact, the enigma of Cullen's delivery throughout this album, makes it a consistently compelling listen". Ryan Robinson in Listen Hear magazine says, "Professional Entertainers … is the best song I’ve heard in ages … " read more of this story …
US AAA and Specialty Airplay for Love Transmitter
28th February 2014
So far this year "Professional Entertainers" from Love Transmitter has been spun at The Penguin Rocks.com Indie Rock Radio from New Jersey, on The Flight Test show on 96.1 WKZQ Myrtle Beach, on the Sher Delight show on HGRNJ.com New Jersey and more ...
Interview with Michael in The Pen's Eye View
19th January 2014
Thank you Richie Frieman and the Pen's Eye View team for a really enjoyable interview! Heres's a snippet:
It’s not easy to describe and categorize the style and influences of one Mr. Michael Cullen … "If I were to try and describe the music I make, it would be in terms of an emotional and sensual palette, not whether its trip hop or indie rock or punk (and all those words have been used by people at one time or another) – I always liked the title of Frank Sinatra’s album, Songs for Swinging Lovers (great album too!), so maybe that’s a good enough description.”
Read a full transcript of the interview here ...
Danton Supple to Mix New Michael Cullen Album
1st October 2013
Famed English producer, Danton Supple, has been engaged to mix a number of tracks on Michael's upcoming new album. Mr Supple has an amazing track record ranging from Coldplay to Ian Brown to Oceansize to Autoheart.
"I am absolutely chuffed that Danton has agreed to work on my record,"says Michael. "The mixes Danton has provided are sensational. This album has been a gut buster and I am glad we can finally take it to mastering and get it out into the big wide world." read more ...
Tomatrax Blog Love Transmitter(re-issue)
Ten years on the album has been remastered and re-released in a shiny new digi-pack. This is good news as the album was easily one of the most underrated to have arrived in the noughties. The mix of dense sounds, beautiful melodies and sharp witted words made for an absolutely sensational long player. The re-release of the album allows those that missed it first time round a second chance to discover its beauty.
Read the full Tomatrax review here
Rock World Magazine - Michael Cullen's Love Transmitter Finds the Pulse
Michael Cullen’s record Love Transmitter feels old school Nick Cave with dark undertones of Tom Waits. Cullen makes a definite mark with this record, letting the former punk prowess shine through the current crooner. read more ...
In the dead of winter, August 2012, way way back before retina displays and pastel iOS’s, Australian songwriter and down-under superstar Michael Cullen re-released Love Transmitter (Remastered) to an audience salivating for some real music, and something that wasn’t Gag-nam Style. With the return of shoe-gaze and eighties inspired sounds in the last few years, it’s time for this record, originally recorded in 01/02 to stand up and be noticed. read more ...
Seance Lists - Great album with superb production by Tim Powles
There are some great tracks on this album lots of vocal hooks and indy rocken riffs. Transmission … is a superb track with the accelerator back on-Something about putting his wedding ring in his pocket whilst riding a rocket and meeting a girl who was a love transmitter read more ...
Interview with Michael in Under the Gun Review
13th December 2013
Many Thanks to Brian Lion and the good folks at Under The Gun Review for asking the insightful questions in a wide ranging interview with Michael covering his primary musical influences, why he became a musician, working with Tim Powles and where the new album is up to … and more.
Read a full transcript of the interview here ...
Love Transmitter Re-Mastered!
4th July 2012
A new audio master has just gone to the pressing plant for Love Transmitter. The album was re-mastered by Andrew Edgson at 301 in Sydney and sounds sooo good. "The original master was fine but I took the opportunity of a re-press to tweak a few things that had always bugged me," Michael said today. read more ...
Love Transmitter listed in Tomatrax All Time Top 100 Australian Albums
15th June 2011
Indie blog and music magazine Tomatrax has listed Love Transmitter as 18th best Australian album of all time coming in just behind I'm Stranded by The Saints and just ahead of the Sunnyboy's self-titled debut album. read more ...