The Paperclips prove once again that they are a band destined to emerge on the national scene with the release of their newest album, Cabin Sessions. The disc starts off with an entrancing melody that invokes an otherworldly alternate history of America. The sound is roots renewed: something like a prohibition era gangster interpreting a southern field hand's music on a new fangled, electrified guitar. The introduction is slow and sensuous, and leads right into some classic Paperclips Americana in the song “Oh No!” View the video at the left for an introduction to the world of the Paperclips and the Cabin Sessions.
The story behind this album is many layered. This is the band's third release, and it is once again recorded entirely through the ingenuity, talent, skills, and equipment of the band members themselves. With simple techniques and equipment that the group lugged out to a cabin in the Missouri wilderness, they were able to pull off simply amazing studio quality with a vibrant, live, smooth, and well balanced sound. The distorted guitar parts are violent enough to push you right to the edge of your seat without overbalancing the rest of the recording. The clean and smooth parts of the recording are sweet and soulful without any feeling of lost intensity. This is a masterful recording.
In addition to the obvious and oft complimented vocal talents of front man, Jake Briscoe, the group is packed with musicianship. Bassist Jason Richards has a style all his own. Live on stage, you can feel him stomp and you can't help but join him in the all-in head-hammering that accompanies his driving bass lines. He is a master of sustain and of keeping a song rooted firmly while the guitar and vocals soar. He's got that special talent that a bassist must have to make a three piece group work. Chris Evans is a new breed of hybrid drummer. There are those who play with feel, and there are those who play meticulously by the numbers. Evans is able to play meticulously with feel. His drum parts always avoid the clutter that meticulous drummers often force into songs while remaining rock solid, beat for beat. A tight drummer puts a drum or cymbal in the perfect place right on the beats; however, Chris Evans expands this concept of tightness by placing every single sound he produces in the perfect place constantly. He's like a machine, but he plays with more dynamics and feel than could ever be programmed.
As the album progresses, you'll hear “Woman Don't Love,” wherein Briscoe pushes the overdrive to its fullest potential. This is as much growl as a blues song can bear, and it's a blast. Even bassist Jason Richards joins in with his own overdriven, buzzing sound. “Woman Don't Love” sounds like Cream, Hendrix, or Yard Birds pushed to the limits.
The next track is probably the crowning achievement of the album: “I've Got Your Number”. This is the tune that will keep rolling through your mind for days after you listen to the album. And you won't mind. In fact, you'll go running to listen to it again, even though you couldn't keep it from running through your head for days. The video that accompanies this tune in the double-feature video at the left will demonstrate “I've Got Your Number”'s soulful power. Find out for yourself.
This album is seven tracks of pure unforgettable soul and roll. The Cabin Sessions by the Paperclips has it's heart in its throat and a fistful of lit matches. Find out more about what it's going to do with them with the links provided.
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