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When their record label comes through to shoot a professional video about them, Paper Tongues find a way to get around them: by making their own EPK. These guys are fun but don’t be fooled by their goofy play, they’re intensely driven and the music is passionate and strong. Anyone who’s seen them live will attest to that. They’ll be at Bonnaroo, Bamboozle, 98Rockfest along with all their other shows: check their tour dates here.
On their 2010 debut for A&M/Octone records, Paper Tongues embraces elements of rock, funk, rap and soul. Guitarist Devin Forbes says, “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 on Ride To California 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. Ultimately, for Aswan and company, 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.”
Preview the music here: papertongues.ning.com