Paper Tigers’ sophomore album, Lifebloods, released on July 7, 2014, demonstrates the band’s raw talent and range. The EP features five songs, each of which seems to highlight a different aspect of the group’s abilities, and one Common Wealth remix. While each track is solid in its own right, there are definitely a couple that are stronger than the rest.
While “Majestic Twelve” opens Lifebloods with an electronic intro, it’s Laurence Cooper’s drumming that carries this track. Solid melodies, a catchy chorus and a decent hook make it hard to stop listening to this tune; it has the perfect amount of “ooh, ooh, oohs” to sing along to, until you learn the lyrics.
Title track “Lifebloods” is a bit of a slower song, and it is certainly more intense than the rest of the album. Vocalist Jim Carter really shows his range on this track, hitting the highs and lows perfectly. Guitarists Damon Brough and Jack Seymour, really rock on this one, complimenting the ups and downs of Carter’s vocal style. Cooper, and bassist Sam Bloor keep the rest of the band going on this track, with subtle but intense bass runs and drum lines that will definitely keep you intrigued.
“Closest North (Chapter & Verse)” is another track that really exemplifies the talent of the musicians in Paper Tigers. This is the kind of tune you can listen to over and over again and still hear something new on your tenth listen. The album is full of solid tunes, and it’s nice to see a band that doesn’t just give up on the last couple tracks.
Paper Tigers definitely defeated the sophomore curse with Lifebloods, with the talent they show on this album, everyone should be stoked for more music. And while remixes aren’t really my thing, the “Lifebloods” remix by Common Wealth is pretty cool, and totally worth the listen.
01. Majestic Twelve
04. Closest North (Chapter & Verse)
05. El Dorado
06. LifeBloods (Common Wealth Remix)
Run Time: 25:23
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Check out the album ‘Lifebloods’