EP: Paper Tigers – LifeBloods

Release Date: July 7th, 2014
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
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Staffordshire quintet Paper Tigers have followed up 2012’s ‘Safe In Words’ with their new EP, ‘LifeBloods’, keeping fans eagerly anticipating an eventual full-length record, but will no doubt keep them happy for the mean time. It’s a more mature release from these boys showing how they’ve grown in their time away, and showing their strength as musicians rather than an ability to write a catchy chorus that so many bands rely on these days.

Starting off the record is ‘Majestic Twelve’, with its melodic, synth-infused introduction before Laurence Cooper‘s drumming sets the pace, with frontman Jim Carter‘s vocals floating over the top, showing an impressive control over his voice hitting higher notes on the chorus. Keeping in a similar vein is title-track, ‘LifeBloods’, which has a somewhat slower pace than other tracks on the chorus, but this allows Carter‘s voice to take focus and the band’s lyrical prowess to shine through. The fact that band put in a heavier stint on the second verse though really helps this track to stand out.

Early track, ‘Haunts’, sees the vocals at their strongest as a solid instrumental chorus contends with the vocals for the limelight, which really shows how good Paper Tigers are when all of the members come together. Later number, ‘Closest North (Chapter & Verse)’, stands out as it has a more general rock sound that you’d expect from an alternative band on an record that’s more experimental instrumentally. This is before closer ‘El Dorado’ returns to the haunting sound that features across this EP, and rounds off the record well.

Paper Tigers have potential, there’s no doubt about that. With a similar sound to emerging bands such as Verses, they’ll definitely have their work cut out for them if they want to stand out enough to break through, but ‘LifeBloods’ shows that they’re definitely on the right track. If they create a solid full-length record to follow up their EPs, there’s no reason they can’t run riot across the music scene.

Written by Jonathon Barlow (@Narlow1)