The Paper Chase Essays On Frantic Desperation

The pAper chAse will be releasing their new album Someday This Could All Be Yours (Part 1), late next month on Kill Rock Stars Records, so we thought we would share a taste of what is to come from John Congleton and his band with an exclusive listen to "What Should We Do?".

This Could All Be Yours (Part 1) will be the fifth album released by The pAper chAse, and will be followed up by Part 2 later within the year. Congleton is widely known for his work with Modest Mouse, Explosions in the Sky, and Antony And The Johnsons among many others, but his work with the pAper chAse is far different from the sounds he creates in the studio. If "What Should  We Do?" gives any indication of what The pAper chAse are preparing to deliver to us, then we'd have to say that they're sticking close to the formula that has proven to work for them; with a taste of frantic, discord mirroring the conceptual ideas of natural disasters buried within the lyrics. Sure, "What Should We Do?" is a bit on the long side, but The pAper chAse manages to captivate your ears with it's chaos. 

The pAper chAse - "What Should We Do With Your Body? (The Lightning)"

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The Paper Chase (stylized as "the pAper chAse") was an alternative rock band formed in 1998 by producer/engineer John Congleton in Dallas, Texas, signed to Kill Rock Stars and Southern Records. Their albums "God Bless Your Black Heart" and "Now You Are One Of Us" have been released on vinyl by the Austrian label Trost Records. Since its inception, The Paper Chase has produced a combination of discordant melody and jagged noise pop, described by Allmusic as "a jagged structure of avant-garde jazz, noise, indie, and punk".[1]


Congleton produced all the band's material to date. He also wrote all of the material, with a few exceptions: Bobby Weaver co-wrote "A Face That Could Launch a Thousand Ships" and "Off with Their Heads" from the album Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know. Mike Sanger co-wrote "Throw Your Body on the Apparatus", and Elliot Figg co-wrote "When You Least Expect It," both from the aforementioned album.

Their next project would have been a two-part album centered on natural disasters. The first half, entitled Someday This Could All Be Yours (vol. 1 The Calamities) was released on May 26, 2009 through Kill Rock Stars Records, though the second part has remained unreleased since the band's dissolution.


Former members[edit]

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Previous members[edit]

  • Aryn Dalton – drums
  • Matt Armstrong – piano



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External links[edit]



  • Johnson, Zac "Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  • Morris, Kurt "Hide the Kitchen Knives Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  • Brown Marisa "Now You Are One of Us Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  • Marshalek, Russ (2006) "The Paper Chase Now You Are One of Us", Stylus Magazine


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