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Paper Rival

Paper Rival EP

(Photo Finish; US: 10 Jul 2007; UK: 10 Jul 2007)

As far as new band names go, last year’s ‘wolf’ may be next year’s ‘paper’. The Paper Scissors, Paper Tigers, and now Paper Rival are all holding up the flag. The Paper Scissors may be the ones with most buzz, but in a small scale way Paper Rival are not bad at all, either. Their debut EP is a fine example of a young band approaching, but not 100% reaching, a definitive sound. “Alabama” opens things up with a strong acoustic drumbeat and Cody McCall’s pure falsetto trailing around above. It’s an interesting and fresh sound, one that easily expands into a more conventional big-screen guitars+emo-style vocal sound.  At their most relaxed the band really soars, as on “A Fox in the Garden” (if you hear the Beatles in the end of their chorus you won’t be alone). The young group is still finding its most comfortable place, musically—hopefully that’s something closer to their haunting, tapped-out ballads than the more conventional route they sometimes hint at.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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