Club Mercy Presents: Papa
PAPA encapsulates the furious grip of the dance floor, the cold weather bearing down, and the shelter that it demands you find.
When: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 9:30 p.m.
Where: SOhO, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
Age limit: 21+
There's a poetic purity that runs through PAPA's music. Each song's groove exudes a dark sexiness, suggesting insidious truths and adept lies among the lines conveyed by singer/drummer Darren Weiss' earnest vibrato, which assumes a Springsteen-like growl in his best moments. PAPA encapsulates the furious grip of the dance floor, the cold weather bearing down, and the shelter that it demands you find. With the help of Weiss' musical partner and childhood friend, bassist Danny Presant, their soulful rock bellies a hip-hop sensibility that separates PAPA from simple revivalists and propels them into timeless territory.
Last year's debut EP, A Good Woman is Hard to Find was an imploding bubble that captured the attention of the lost, hurt, and amorous across the country. Over the course of a year's extensive touring PAPA converted listeners into believers with passionate, high-energy performances at shows with Temper Trap, Girls, Of Monsters and Men, as well as a series of summer festival dates.
Their new single, "Put Me To Work" is the sonic explosion of their former bubble. No longer consumed by the static energy of failed romance, PAPA's new sound takes on the feel of propulsion and hunger, providing a sense of urgency missing from many young bands. Lyrically Weiss's references stretch from shadow boxing, to the innocence of chilldhood, to the bible. It is the force behind lyrics like "I want to see the lights, put me to work tonight," that help to visualize the act of reaching toward and through the limitations of ones grasp that moves the sound, this band, and their potential to reach the light.
A Good Woman is Hard to Find was an album as ripe for sorrowful romance as it was for ecstatic midnight perversion. Their forthcoming full-length, however, breaks new ground pedestaling rhythm as king and keeps the shadows dancing through the frigid night ignoring the requests for shelter; unconstrained.
"I always like the idea of the Clash being referred to as the 'only band that mattered,'" says Weiss, "So we have no interest in doing anything, unless we feel deep in our guts that it's going to matter."
Event posted Oct. 29, 2013
Last updated Oct. 29, 2013