Ride To California
Released On: Mar 30, 2010
Released By: A&M/Octone
Embracing elements of rock, funk, rap and soul, these seven individuals have created something you haven't heard before. It's music for dancing, crying, loving and living. Paper Tongues - Aswan North, Devin Forbes, Cody Blackler, Joey Signa, Clayton Simon, Jordan Hardee and Danny Santell - are a collective of artists, and this record is their first masterpiece.
Paper Tongues' eclectic sound ranges from bombastic songs like "For the People" that can light up a packed arena or a dance floor to the soulful electronica-infused "Trinity." Guitarist Devin Forbes comments, "Our music is extremely eclectic because we're all coming from different places. Aswan grew up with hip hop, Clayton grew up with electronica and I grew up with rock, but it all comes together fluidly in Paper Tongues."
Working with producers Brian West (Nelly Furtado, K'Naan, Bela Fleck), Mark Endert (Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw, Madonna), John Fields (Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World), Billy Hume (Ying Yang Twins, Bone Crusher, David Banner) and up-and-coming producer, Nicolas Balachandran, Paper Tongues have crafted an album that's bustling with energy. However, there's a deeper purpose for the band. Keyboardist Cody Blackler explains, "It's rock music for sure, but we also want to bring something new."
Paper Tongues want to work from the inside out too. Aswan continues, "I wouldn't want to start a revolution. I believe things only change from the inside out. I don't feel that we can change much unless we're willing to join hands with people who have already been bleeding. We want to do something new and fresh with the tools that already exist so the people who built those tools respect and honor us as their nephews." There's no doubt they will.
Ultimately, for Aswan and Co. Paper Tongues is a way of life. "We want fans to walk away from our music with that good feeling. We think our music can bring healing for a group of people, a society, bad politics and artists that feel hopeless. Paper Tongues' music should heal you and make you take a chance again."
Welcome to rock n' roll's best hope for evolution. Open up for Paper Tongues.