Like a talent sandwich of sorts, Papertrigger was the filling center of an otherwise “meh” line-up consisting of the Diggs (unremarkable standard indie pop fare with stalkeresquely creepy lyrics) and Most Serene Republic (who started off strong but blended into repetition far too quickly).
The relatively young Philly band (both in terms of the band’s age and the members’) spiced up a late-late show, held back due to unfavorable weather. Playing the songs from their recently released Riot Lovers EP, as well as new material, their loud, full, diversely epic sound filled the room as though they were playing a show at the biggest venue in town.
Papertrigger: “We Are Nations Now” (download)
Instruments on stage ran from the standards to the abnormal, including acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, electric bass, bells, cymbals, keyboard, saxophone and a round tube of metal that they beat up with drumsticks during the last number. Trying to describe it at one point during the show, my notes read: “loungey, exotica, classic rock, jazz, everything, hah!” Even their clothes were diverse – one man wore a button up shirt and vest, another flannel, one in jeans and a baggy sweatshirt.
Papertrigger’s live performance is exactly what one would hope for after listening to the studio versions of the songs. Each member reacts physically to each note they play, enhancing the primal, animalistic qualities of the music.
Papertrigger: “The Inner Party” (download)
Yet the lyrics concern everyday pains and responses, captured most acutely in “The Inner Party,” where singer Chris Manglos bemoans the mental state of many a 20-something, “I’m overqualified / I’m too good for this job,” and later, “this is not where I’m supposed to be.” If they roll through your town, then that’s where you’re supposed to be, witnessing this sure to blossom group.
Papertrigger Official Site
Papertrigger on MySpace
Images courtesy of flickr user lori baily
Dec 17, 2007
ok: seriously, truly, papertrigger is the best — and might well as be the only — living band in philly.
Dec 18, 2007
Glad to know there are other fans out there!
Dec 19, 2007
yes! i saw papertrigger play a house show in philly and they knocked my socks off. real nice dudes too
Dec 22, 2007
this review was spot on — papertrigger being the filling to an otherwise meh set. and that is usually the case, no matter where or who they play with.
Dec 22, 2007
pep pep’s old tymey talent sandwich recipeh:
2 slices 9 grain meh bread
9 cuts honey cured shark meat
1 tablespoon a brown mustard
1 parts heart
2 parts soul
5 parts rock and roll
8 peets peet moss
100 percents of awesome
If papertrigger were a talent sandwich, i would smother them in brown mustard…they would be delicious. its time the world woke up and smelled the glove! IM PAPERTRIGGER HAPPY AND I DONT CARE WHO KNOWS IT!
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Oct 26, 2008
[…] and a closer with handclaps and a performance in the audience. Their percussive, choral, perky pop reminded me of fellow Philadelphians Papertrigger. If these two went on tour together it would be so FUN. It would […]