It’s been almost a year since PAPA released their debut full-length album, Tender Madness, but the Los Angeles duo has been busy. Consisting of childhood friends, former Girls drummer Darren Weiss and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Presant, PAPA is almost always on the road in support of their first project and planning the next. Weiss discussed some of the geographical and fictional inspirations behind their first project in an interview with Spin last summer:
“Some of the songs on this album that come across as love songs, or lustful confessions, have much more to do with my feelings towards America than any personal romantic longings,” he said via statement. “Some love songs were written about fictional characters in novels who were oftentimes far more compelling than the creatures I had access to. And sometimes, perhaps most often, I tried in earnest to tell my truths as I lived them.”
We all know the typical stereotypes that may go with a band who’s frontman is a drummer, but you’ll have to put those aside for now. Okay, well you can hold on to a few… they’ll really never all go away. However, there was that one band [The Eagles]. Check out the music video for “I Am The Lion King.” You may think this is a typical video with a band playing their instruments in front of a white background, but I can assure you there will be more than a few moments that will hold your attention.
Attention held? In a Springsteen-esque sort of way, PAPA communicates their feelings of life in America, with descriptions that are certainly appropriate stepping stones for the up-and-coming artists. Take a listen to the rest of the album and you’ll find the core to be more in the solidity of the rhythm section. Overall, it’s definitely a chill album, well done with some great sounds produced by Michael Harris (Vampire Weekend, Portugal. The Man) and Tony Hoffer (Fitz & the Tantrums, 30 Seconds to Mars). Take a listen to a couple more songs on the album:
Keep an eye out for upcoming PAPA shows in Los Angeles this week in Santa Monica, and next week in Chicago for Lollapalooza. Looking forward to hearing more from PAPA!
By Steve Harpine | Digital Content Manager | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC