steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

The Paper Champions

Self-titled CDEP


Genres: rock, alternative rock

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Aug 13 - 19 2004

The Atlanta-bred Paper Champions are nothing more than your average young, melodic rock band, but at least they seem to love what they're doing.  These three macho-yet-sensitive songs may be unoriginal, but they are performed with earnest heart and good technical ability.  You can see the band growing up listening to Jawbox and Helmet, but somehow this just sounds like Hoobastank and Pacifier to me.

From a songwriting perspective, these tracks are competently melodic, albeit quite derivative.  "Words and Inaction" is the best song; it starts off calmly but builds to a yelly romp of a climax.  "Burning Quiet," meanwhile, is way too bland and uninteresting (it needs more hooks and less wailing), but the memorable melody of "Dieseling Days" has some radio potential.  While The Paper Champions' press biography bills them as an "indie rock" band, alternative rock is a much more accurate tag.  Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad debut EP - it just belongs to a very homogeneous genre.  Next time around, I'd recommend that the band experiment a bit more with their sound, as this is a bit too conventional.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]