PAPA - 'Kick at the Dust' Fall 2016 One Sheet
What You Should Know
- Kick at the Dust is PAPA's Sophomore full length, following 2013's Tender Madness and 2011's A Good Woman is Hard to Find EP.
- Singer and drummer Darren Weiss is a former member of Girls, played drums on the last Florence + the Machine album, and is current musical director for Alexandra Savoir.
- The band’s new album, Kick at the Dust, was produced by Grammy-winning producer Shawn Everett (Julian Casablancas, Alabama Shakes, Lucius) and shows the band stretching its limits to create something truly alternative and independent.
- So far, the album has seen strong support from Spotify, Apple Music, KROQ, THE FADER, Noisey, Consequence of Sound, Flaunt and more.
- The band is on tour now.
PAPA's new album Kick at the Dust is an affront to the burden of modern "culture" and an assertion of personal identity, defined through independent thought rather than a "lifestyle" that's been packaged and sold.
It asks, what does it mean to strive for success in a society that disregards your values and the things you cherish most? It questions the very edifices within which we struggle to succeed. It asks us to resist losing ourselves to the cultural glamour that we neither understand nor value, yet make endless sacrifices to attain ("I know what I know, this ain't what we chose, but still it's hard to let it go," vocalist and drummer Darren Weiss sings on "Hold On"). And it asks that we look more carefully into the sort of living we buy into and -- to the music on the radio -- protests, "you don't speak on my behalf."
Having forsaken a damned system to self-finance this career-defining LP with producer Shawn Everett (Julian Casablancas, Alabama Shakes, Lucius) is proof of the band's artistic convictions and resolution to create their art their way. But, bigger proof yet, is the vibrant album that they made.
Kick at the Dust is out Sept. 16, 2016, on Hit City U.S.A.
Full bio, artwork and hi-res photos available here.
- "Kick at the Dust is the result of quirkier, not-so-vanilla indie rock experimentation - something PAPA not only were drawn to as a result of their career thus far, but felt was necessary to the existence of the band." - Consequence of Sound
- "PAPA reinvent themselves with 'Hold On'...here their guitar rock is a less sunny, and their lyrics more peeved." - The FADER
- "That bass line. Holy funk ... this new song...works a slick groove, a kind of halfway house between early Virgins and Fool's Gold." - Noisey on "Hold On"
- "(A) catchy, handclap-worthy lead single" - Consequence of Sound on "Comfort's A Killer"
- "(It is) perkier than a peakcock's plumes when he's really tryna get laid. It's handclap-tastic, it's got stompily delivered chords, and a scuzzy bassline..." - Noisey on "Comfort's A Killer"
- "Kick at the Dust, is a reflection of what they aim to achieve and the influence they intend to leave — a legacy unburdened by fame and monetary distractions." — Myspace
- 75 monthly listeners on Spotify
- Spotify support: "Feel Good Indie Rock," "New Noise," "Indie Brunch," "Indie Workout" and more playlists.
- Apple Music support: Release featured on main Music, Rock, Indie, and New Artists pages.
- Vevo support: "Indie Wednesday," "Vevo Alt/Indie" playlists.
- KROQ airplay
- KROQ Locals Only presented band's Los Angeles residency dates.
- KCRW airplay
- KAXE in Grand Rapids (in rotation)
- "Lake Life" on Shameless
- "Hold On" on Legends of Tomorrow
9/2 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
9/9 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
9/16 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
9/29 - London, UK - The Courtyard (w/ Alexandra Savior)
10/17 - Santa Barbara , CA - Soho
10/18 - Santa Cruz, CA - Blue Lagoon
10/19 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
10/20 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
10/23 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10/24 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
10/26 - Visalia - Cellar Door
10/29 - San Diego, CA - The Hideout
10/30 - Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room
11/1 - Phoenix, AZ - The Valley Bar
11/2 - Tucson, AZ - Fly Catcher