Meet Paper Mice, a puzzling, prog-punk three-piece hailing from Chicago. Influenced by a mind-bending musical buffet consisting of The Beach Boys, The Residents, Abba, The Talking Heads, Nomeansno, This Heat, and Susana Baca, the band formed in 2008 with the current line-up, a regular fixture on their local DIY circuit, performing together since 2013.

Described as a ”high-wire stop-start mess of rhythmic tics and awkward face plants” for dance-soaked warehouse hounds, the prog-punk nutjobs are pinballing into 2021 with their new album, 1-800-Mondays, which will be released digitally as well as on vinyl through Three One G Records on May 7th, 2021.

Ahead of the release of the album, the band are premiering their awesome new single, “A Regular Guy” right here. It’s a prog-punk cracker but we’ll leave it to the band to explain the story behind the song. ““A Regular Guy,” tells the story of the serial pooper who, over several weeks, repeatedly defiled both track and field at a New Jersey high school. Exasperated, authorities set up a camera in hopes of identifying the poop-etrator, only to discover it was none other than the superintendent of a nearby school district.”

Paper Mice’s first album, Paint it Pink, featured sixteen short, spastic songs about bizarre news stories, botched surgeries, and hirsute politicians. The follow-up, The Funny Papers (also on Three One G Records), continued the band’s jagged jaunt through the world of current events with eleven tracks about canine heroes, fast food, financial meltdowns, and Dolly Parton.

1-800-Mondays follows in this quirky tradition, with every song being about weird and ridiculous true stories from the news, in particular, this album often focuses on fire (mainly, people setting things on fire accidentally/on purpose). Though the LP has been in the works for almost a decade now due to various roadblocks, surely, the timing is apt for this ode to the absurd.

Paper Mice release 1-800-Mondays on May 7, 2021 through Three One G Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Artwork for ‘1-800-Mondays’ by Paper Mice

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.