Thursday, August 14, 2008

I've got the Good Book open too

But I'm reading different words than you


Paper Rival is currently on tour with The Honorary Title and The New Frontiers in support of their first full-length album, called "Dialog", released Summer 2008. The band hails from Nashville, TN and by all accounts they appear to hold true to the stereotypical southern charm and chivalry. Read a live review and you'll find stories of polite, grateful behavior (and perhaps a bit too much humility) on behalf of this Indie group.

The album is titled "Dialog" to represent the feel of the lyrics throughout the album: as if a conversation is taking place between two people, or between an artist and the world. It's easily heard and understood, as well. In fact, "The Kettle Black" takes its lyrics from actual World War II-era letters between singer Jacob Rolleston's great-grandparents!

An open dialog can be found in the track titled "Keep Us In", eloquently attacking Tennessee's backwards views on same-sex marriage, and family identity seems to be addressed in "Are We Brothers?"

I appreciate this album because each track holds true to the core identity of the whole, of the sound of the band, while exploring different techniques. You can hear piano, upright bass, and even accents of a fiddle depending on the track. My favorite track, though, is the raw "Bluebird." Click to listen:




They've been compared to The Receiving End of Sirens (a band I wanted to introduce you to, but they're defunct!), Moros Eros (also no longer together), Envy on the Coast, and Manchester Orchestra. They do have a strong sound with some weighty lyrics. Previously known as Coda and as Keating, their roots were emo, but they have shown their maturity by throwing out a lot of their early influences and flourishing together by limiting the drama and getting truthful when the personal lyrics come out. I appreciate honestly like that in music.

Check out the video for "Cassandra", put out just days after the release of the album:



I hope you enjoy.


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