Recently Dallas, Texas' chaotic indie punk band The Paper Chase, released their incredible and critically acclaimed new album, "Someday This Could All Be Yours" courtesy of Kill Rock Stars, at the same time premiering their mindblowing video for said album's first single "What Should We Do With Your Body (The Lightning)." Now, after much anticipation, the band kicks off their nationwide, headlining US tour, taking their latest opus to the screaming masses.
Video here: http://pitchfork.com/tv/#/musicvideo/3457-the-paper-chase-what-should-we-do-with-your-body-the-lightning-kill-rock-stars
With each track on the band's new album representing a different natural disaster, Paper Chase leader and producer extraordinaire John Congleton crafts his most startling account of humanity. On Someday This Could All Be Yours, Congleton explores the existential crisis inherent within a universe seemingly fated to exterminate its population. Wringing the most sinister and destructive elements out of the natural world, he creates characters frantically trying to survive elements far beyond their control. While the narrative voices obsess over the batteries in their smoke alarms, the dams along the river and their desperate prayers for health and prosperity, these songs expose the utter frailty of the human condition. Faced with huge catastrophic or cosmic events, man has no choice but to recognize his own insignificance.
On Someday, The Paper Chase sounds even more unlike any other band in modern music. With drummer Jason Garner making his recorded debut with the group, the band expands upon its singular vision--a perpetual struggle between conflict and resolution, dissonance and beauty. Utilizing a newfound dynamic command, these songs are able to breathe--subtly building feelings of anticipation, yet erupting into violence and chaos as crisis becomes inevitable. The Paper Chase has matured but hasn't lightened up. If anything, by leaving open spaces and allowing melodies to fully develop, the group presents its most powerful work to date.
The Paper Chase Live!
Jun 18 2009 Walter's on Washington Houston, Texas
Jun 19 2009 Thirsty Hippo Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Jun 20 2009 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 21 2009 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jun 22 2009 DC9 Washington DC, Washington DC
Jun 23 2009 Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jun 24 2009 M Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 25 2009 Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Jun 26 2009 Maxwell's Hoboken, New Jersey
Jun 27 2009 AS220 Providence, Rhode Island
Jun 28 2009 II Motore Montreal, Quebec
Jun 29 2009 The Drake Toronto, Ontario
Jul 1 2009 Mac's Bar Lansing, Michigan
Jul 2 2009 Cactus Club Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 3 2009 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Jul 4 2009 The Busted Lift Dubuque, Iowa
Jul 5 2009 Firebird St. Louis, Missouri
Jul 6 2009 George's Magestic Lounge Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jul 10 2009 Dans Silverleaf Denton, Texas