“New music from native son Paperhaus feels right here, right now, both in big ways — such as themes exploring the conflict between reliance on technology and a yearning for nature — and smaller ones reflecting on poignant everyday collaborations.” – Billboard
“…Paperhaus make hazy, melodic indie rock – Brooklyn Vegan
“…with power in the lyricism instead of just the chords. Its music can be jarring and jagged, but Paperhaus can also sound dreamy the way groups like Television could, with lilt and grit.” – NPR
“…a propulsive and high-flying dose of guitar rock buoyed by traces of post-punk, krautrock, and prog.”
“The quartet’s sound drew from other styles, including 1960s Brit-pop and 1980s alt-rock, but most of its songs seemed designed for crying in your fair-trade coffee.” – The Washington Post
Washington, DC-based, psychedelic rock band, Paperhaus, announce their new LP, Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask?, due out October 6th via Misra Records. Today, the band debut their first single from the new record – “Go Cozy” – with a music video that premiered exclusively on Billboard.com. The forthcoming album was recorded at co-producer and mixer Peter Larkin’s studio, The Lighthouse, in Alexandria, VA. The record was mastered by Sarah Register.
Following up on their debut self-titled LP, Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? marks a turning point for Paperhaus. The album is very deliberately titled, urging listeners to ask questions about the surrounding world, rather than offering listeners the answers. It explores many thematic elements relevant to our modern life, including our reliance on technology, a craving for nature, the increasing rise of more authoritarian ideas along with the division it creates among people around the world, and most importantly what all this means for our relationships with each other. Lead single, “Go Cozy,” is a song about friendship and community, specifically built off their experience in the DC DIY music community. Go Cozy, another active band in the DC scene and housemates of Paperhaus, inspired the track through their open-mindedness and collaborative process in the tight knit music community.
The band previously released 5 EPs, with their 2011 self-titled EP representing the band’s new lineup, consisting of founding member Alex Tebeleff (vocals/synth/guitar), and current members Matt Dowling (vocals/bass), Rick Irby (guitar) and Danny Bentley (drums). The band is inspired by a wide variety of artists, ranging from tastemakers and legends like Bowie and Kraftwerk, to D’ Angelo and LCD Soundsystem. In 2013, the band went on a 2 month national tour in support of LoHiLo EP, which received traction from NPR and Washington Post. In 2015, the band debuted their first full length release on NPR First Listen, headlined 9:30 Club for their album release and performed in official SXSW showcases. The band has since been picked up by Brooklyn Vegan, USA Today, and NPR’s All Songs Considered.
10/5 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
10/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville (AdHoc) / Pre-sale tickets
10/7 – Kingston, NY @ O+ Festival
10/8 – Hadley, MA @ Tubecats
10/10 – Providence, RI @ News Cafe
10/11 – Newark, DE @ 1984
10/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
10/14 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
10/19 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Easy Greasy
10/20 – Richmond, VA @ Hardywood
10/27 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
ARE THESE THE QUESTIONS THAT WE NEED TO ASK? – TRACKLISTING
01. Told You What To Say
02. Go Cozy
04. Walk Through The Woods
05. It’s Not There
06. Needle Song
*Album Artwork by Nate Lewis
In-depth conversations about the world and our place within await around every corner, in DC at least. Oftentimes these weighty discussions end at an impasse, each side so confident in the rightness of their held position that there is no change. Every once in a while, however, a new perspective on an old belief is born not through entrenched rhetoric, but candid questions. We’ve all heard it, maybe you even said it yourself: “hm, that’s a good question.” Paperhaus don’t have the answers, hell, they’re still looking for the right questions. And that sense of seeking propels their new record—Are These The Questions We Need To Ask?, out Fall 2017 on Pittsburgh’s Misra Records (Destroyer, Phosphorescent, Great Lake Swimmers)—forward, while much of the world is left looking at the past.
Founded in 2006 by Alex Tebeleff (Black Lodge) along with childhood friends Eddie Rivers and Jeff Galfond, and fleshed out by various collaborators over the years—on ATTQWNTA?, Tebeleff has continued the project and is joined by new writing partners Matt Dowling (Deleted Scenes, the EFFECTS, Joy Buttons) and Rick Irby (Den-Mate, Wanted Man, Jau Ocean)—Paperhaus functions as both a band and a creative collective, the latter in the form of their famed house venue (infamously featured on the pilot of HGTV’s DC Flippers). After a tense election season and the loss of a central collaborator to the sun of Los Angeles, Tebeleff felt it was time to change up the project’s approach. A steady diet of modular synthesizers, community organizing and collaborative experimentation with aforementioned players emboldened his resolve to ride Paperhaus to its inevitable next stage.
And here we are: now. ATTQWNTA? marks a turning point for Paperhaus. Through a wide palate of psych, kraut, classic pop and noise Paperhaus rips through eight exciting new tracks, each paying service to the album’s whole. The current ensemble shines most on new songs like “Told You What To Say,” “Go Cozy,” and “Walk Through The Woods,” where some of the band’s heaviest guitars mix with a potent, mechanical rhythm section and Tebeleff’s Moog Sub 37, on which many of these compositions were first conceived. The lyrics—penned by Tebeleff and Dowling—reflect the band’s newly matured worldview, infusing their long-held commitment to community with a sense of wide-eyed awe. Settling into a series of studios over the last two years, the final recorded product was expertly engineered & mixed by Peter Larkin of The Lighthouse Recording Studio in Alexandria, VA. All things considered, ATTQWNTA? shows a new band ready to lead their peers out onto the next branch. They haven’t forgotten where they came from, but instead, they’re forging ahead, despite the anxiety of the unknown. – Peter Lillis
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