Genres: rock, alternative rock
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.
[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]