Chicago's Paperbear will play Schubas with Dick Prall Monday, August 31, and are also gearing up for a set at Reggie's two year anniversary show on September 8. In anticipation of the shows, the band took some time out for a Q&A with WCR and were also cool enough to offer two of their songs for free download to give readers a taste:
Download mp3: Paperbear - "No Parking"
Download mp3: Paperbear - "Little Voices"
That’s a tough question - genres are so vague - but I’d say indie rock with piano and synthesizers about sums it up. We’re looking to incorporate more laser sounds and animal noises, though, in the future - a sound cornucopia if you will.
When and how did the band come together?
About three years ago, Derek was doing solo stuff and Burke and Ryan’s band just broke up. Jose was a former band mate of Derek's out in L.A., and Matt came in about a year later.
Has Paperbear released any music yet? Are any upcoming releases planned?
We just released our second EP in June and in the Fall/Winter of '09 we will be recording another.
Favorite live show you’ve played so far and why?
Empty bottle was fun - great live sound. Our record release show in June at Reggie's Rock Club was nice. The past five shows have been really good and keep getting better. We’re getting a positive response from the latest EP.
Who would you most like to play a show with, local or beyond?
Neil Young, Dr. Dog, Mozart, and Grizzly Bear. Locally, we like the Ponys and Wilco.
What’s the one thing you most want Chicago music fans to know about the Paperbear?
We are playing Schubas with Dick Prall on August 31, and Reggie's Rock Club Anniversary show on September 8 with Mister Blotto, the Bitter Wigs and eight other bands.
What’s next for the band?
We’ll keep on playing out and promoting this record and in the fall we're back in the studio to record our next EP. A video is in the forecast as well.
How can people find out more?