This urgency is underlined by the distinctive and insistent vocals of Eric, his strained yelps acting as a rallying cry to the guitars, which occupy the space between voice and drums and make it their own. Whether working together or against each other, the interplay between the two instruments is explosive. Brittle melodies seemingly scrap with vicious riffs, before the two suddenly come together to deliver the coup de grace. This is art punk, but at it’s most primal. PAPIER TIGRE understands that a song being intelligent and complex need not exclude it from having a raw, danceable energy.
Their music firmly entrenched in the tradition of inventive, challenging punk - think Fugazi, Q and Not U, The Ex - yet whilst PAPIER TIGRE have drawn influence from these bands, they have a style and delivery all of their own. The mode of communication is rooted firmly in the contemporary; rhythmically and vocally these songs recall the mutant, angular disco of Chinese Stars or Liars. But above all, PAPIER TIGRE is an impressive live act and a somehow tireless touring band. In less than a year after they started from scratch, they already played a commanding total of more than 120 shows (and counting) in 15 different countries ranging from some fairly obvious European territories to less common countries like China. The band has also had the opportunity to share stages and tours with some of the top indie acts of the day such as Battles. 2008 will see the band fly over the pond and play several shows in Brazil and the USA (August), while recording their new material (at Black Box studios with Iain Burgess) for an end of the year/early 2009 international release.
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