LOSING TODAY â€œThis EP is a glimpse of the essential storytelling that they have been working on which will form their debut album. As a taster it is outrageously good. It has classic and collector’s item flashing all over it. Papertrigger will soon be part of many peoples’ worlds…The term Band To Watch is much abused, Papertrigger are more like a Phenomenon About To Happen. Their local Philadelphia press rave, they know what we will find out soon.â€
AMPLIFIER â€œOn the very first downbeat of this Philly-based quintetâ€™s rock operatic debut EP, those aforementioned concerns evaporate. Singer/ pianist Chris Manglos serves up a soaring vocal melody worthy of Broadway (or Wembley Stadium) in the rollicking waltz â€œWe Are Nations Nowâ€ – and thatâ€™s just the beginning. Papertrigger are all about grandiosity – classically inspired piano interludes, orchestral arrangements, cinematic guitar motifs, and, beneath it all, a pounding and flexible rhythm section.â€
POP MATTERS â€œPapertrigger are a young Philadelphia band that make Art Rockâ€”you know, the muscular, orchestral, dense, surprising, clashing sound of young men understanding the chaos of the world. The group takes Radiohead and runs with it, occasionally appropriating a piano arpeggio here, and a blues-inspired chord progression there. Instrumentation, dense, complex and often dissonant.â€
DAILY CANDY “What do they sound like? Put it this way: If we were on a boat with a bunch of Vikings looking for some giant squid to kill, this is what would be playing. It would be madness, and it would be wonderful.
…Theyâ€™ll blow your nuts off.”
JAIMIE KREMS, SPIN.COM “With a live show that rivals buzz-band Beirut in both raw energy and the sort of â€œWhat the hell just happened up thereâ€ crowd elation by their setâ€™s end, I find myself relieved. The wait (for the next great band) is over – or maybe Iâ€™m just excited to finally hear something that was worth waiting for. ”
Fresh off a CMJ performance at Alphabet Lounge and a Mercury Lounge Show with Holly Golightly, Papertrigger return to NYC with The Most Serene Republic on December 13th at Brooklynâ€™s Southpaw. With the release of their ‘Riot Lovers’ EP, out December 18th, Philadelphiaâ€™s Papertrigger have crashed into people lives with an astounding and relentless energy, drawing comparisons to such acts as Beirut, Ben Folds Five and late-era Radiohead. Voted â€œone of the 10 best unsigned bands in Philadelphiaâ€ by Phillystylemag.com