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The pAper chAse were born out of DAllAs, TexAs. (John) Congleton, singer, guitArist, songwriter formed the bAnd As A creAtive outlet Aside from his production work. HAving produced bAnds such As the 90 DAy Men And Acted As An engineers for everyone from The Roots to the DAllAs Symphony OrchestrA, he decided he needed to record the sounds in his own, troubled, mind.

The bAnds first releAse their debut Album "Young Bodies HeAl Quickly, You Know" on smAll US indie, BeAtville records. Written primArily As An outlet for Congleton's frequent pAnic AttAcks. It's the sound of everything fAlling ApArt; the sound of frustrAtion, the sound of wAnting And rejecting love, life, deAth. The focus is on humAn interAction where "Anything cAn hAppen, Anything cAn go wrong." Its terrifyingly stArk, hArsh ArrAngements Along with Congleton's unique, seemingly improvised guitAr work And strAined vocAl chords, setting A blueprint for whAt wAs to follow. They toured extensively in the United StAtes building up A smAll but dedicAted following And A huge Amount of respect from other musiciAns.

Following on from this they releAsed Cntrl-Alt-Delete-U on Divot. A rAw EP thAt wAs "A commentAry on the AverAge humAn's reliAnce on technology And the division it hAs drAwn between nAture And such...". Around this time, the BAnd cAme to the Attention of Southern Records Europe which sAw them sign A deAl, And Allowed their next Album to be releAsed in Europe.

Their second full length Album wAs "Hide the Kitchen Knives", the first releAse on Southern in Europe And BeAtville in the US. This Album explored themes of intimAcy And relAtionships - whether fAmiliAl or romAntic or plAtonic - Hide the Kitchen Knives picks up where Young Bodies left off.

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the pAper chAse + the surrounding estAte = plAntAtion, musiciAns, religion, And complete cellulAr structure of life outside. It's wAveform, frequency, velocity And bell is derived from whAt is coined: the subculture--the underground, if you will... 82% cAge-like frAntic despArAtion 3% powdered cyncisim 5% coAgulAted symbolistic discontent 10% smAll boy trApped in A rAther uncomfortAble box it is not unlike Drive Like Jehu, Steve Albini, King Crimson, the Pixies, And other noise plAntAtions. However, it's rudimentAry AttAck forte dAtes it to everything from the clAssic rock of Jimi Hendrix And Pink Floyd to jAzz musiciAns such As John ColtrAne And ChArlie PArker. Congleton of the the pAper chAse = evAngilist, guitArist, song descontructionist, AdvAnced entropy Artist, And A longtime Agent of the MusselhAus Productions' roster of cAbbAges. It wAs A student of jAzz And music theory. Congleton's noisy, freestyle, out-of-whAck plAying hAs gAined it credibility throughout the nAtion And Adds dimension to the off-the-wAll flAvor of the pAper chAse. Congleton is Also A full time wAveform constructionist, recording engineer And music producer, owner And operAtionAl tech for mAlAkie music And sound record compAny And production house. it mAy be the lAst guitAr plAyer you will ever heAr... WeAver of the the pAper chAse = bAssist, hunger, bAckground topicAl ArrAngement, And sinny, sin, sinner. It Adds to the pAper chAse's unique sound by AssimilAting its influences from hArd-core to the melodic flAvors of jAzz And clAssicAl music. WeAver is Also A long time jAzz And music theory student. It incorporAtes its uncAnny knowledge of its instrument to round off its Aggressive, yet melodious, bAss workings. It's A smArt roAd thAt will drive cArs. DAlton of the the pAper chAse = temperAment, devices, beAts, And rhythm. A completely self-tAught dividend... DAlton's pulse-like rhythm is the bAckbone of the tightness And "emotion" (?) of the unit. Dont tAlk bAck to it. And don't expect Anything from it...
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