June 4, 2012

NXNE Preview: Papermaps

It's been a bumpy ride for Toronto rock band, Papermaps. The owner of Toronto studio, Chemical Sound and the lead singer and guitarist of the band, Dean Marino was force to close down the precious studio, where a number of well-known  bands, including Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians and the Black Keys, have recorded material in the past. The economical pressure was felt by all including Marino, whilst the demand for recording at a professional space has slightly ebbed due to the accessibility of new recording tools on laptops or even mobile phones. 

Their upcoming EP, Inferior Ghost, was one of the last efforts recorded in the studio. It is set to be released in August. Prior to the release, Papermaps are ready to showcase their first single off the record, There Are Wolves. The repeated chorus from the very beginning lingers throughout the song, leaving a significant impression. The lyrics of the song seem to be referring to the tough time that Marino has gone through, while indicating the plaintive feeling in the line such as this town didn't have patience for me. (Click here to listen to the track via Exclaim! Magazine)

Papermaps are heading towards the bright side with this new release as well as showcases during NXNE and a residency at Drake Hotel Underground in July. More to look forward for the band, rather than looking back.

NXNE showcase
June 14th Rancho Relxo
June 15th Football Factory (SonaBlast/NXNE Private Party)
June 17th Of A Kind (NXNE in-store show)

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