Drummer Paul Smith is a renowned session player from the North East of England.
Smith first worked with Skyclad in 1996 during the recording of their sixth album, "Irrational Anthems", which was also the first album for new label Massacre Records.
Smith is also featured on their album "Oui Avant Garde A Chance" (1997). This release started life as a five track single and acoustic EP in 1996. It later developed into a full length album after the band's label Massacre Records insisted that the tracks already recorded were too good to put out as an EP. Due to the album being recorded in two halves several of the drums tracks were played by Paul Smith with the drums on the other half of the album being supplied by new drummer Paul A.T. Kinson, who initially came in as their live drummer for the headline tour which followed the release of 'Anthemsí, and was made a full member in mid '96.