|Dates connected with James:||1997 - 2001|
|Contribution/Role/Speciality:||Guitar, percussion, backing vocals|
Band nickname : “Pablo, clean your Kulas”
Previously in a band called The Sea, Canadian Michael Kulas met Saul through a mutual friend who worked in a Toronto music shop in 1994. At the time he was playing in various bands in the area. Saul offered to produce Michael’s debut album which he was about to record. “Mosquito” was a success on the Canadian independent radio circuit.
Michael then provided backing vocals and some guitar work on some Booth and the Bad Angel tracks in 1996 which never eventually saw the light of day. When Brian Eno suggested that James enlist a backing vocalist to support Tim live on the Whiplash tour, Michael, who had been asked by Saul if he was interested in doing some guitar-tech work on the band’s US tour, was contacted and made his debut “on trial” on the Letterman show and on some small US club dates in February 1997.
Although not an “official” member of the band on the business side, Michael has made significant contributions to the band’s sound since, both in adding backing vocals and additional guitar and production and songwriting ideas – the opening section of Runaground is an example of Michael’s work. He has also demonstrated his versatility in supporting Tim on piano, keyboards and guitar at acoustic stripped-down performances.
On the solo front, Michael has continued to write and demo material of his own and has just released an independent album in Canada in March 2001 entitled Another Small Machine. There are no plans at present for a UK release or any major promotional work for the album.