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Paper Chase, The / Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 1
Album:Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 1 Collection:General
Artist:Paper Chase, The Added:May 2009
Label:Kill Rock Stars 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-07-26 Pull Date:2009-09-27 
Week Ending:Sep 27Sep 20Sep 6Aug 30Aug 23Aug 9Aug 2

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 09, 2011:Foreign Light (Immune To Me)
I'm Going To Heaven With Or Without You (The Forest Fire)
4.Apr 25, 2010:The DJ Never Has It
The Small Of Your Back The Nape Of Your Neck (The Blizzard)
2.Jun 03, 2011:The DJ Never Has It
The Common Cold (The Epidemic), I'm Going To Heaven With Or Without You (The Forest Fire)
5.Mar 21, 2010:Lovable Characters, Stupid Dialogue
This Is A Rape (The Flood)
3.Feb 12, 2011:Music Casserole
I'm Going To Heaven With Or Without You (The Forest Fire)
6.Sep 25, 2009:Farewell Trailways
I'm Going To Heaven With Or Without You (The Forest Fire)

Album Review
Trent Kay
Reviewed 2009-07-29 
Horror punk, noise rock, avant-garde, call it what you want, it’s noisy and macabre and out-there and intense. Varied percussion, rude time changes, loads of bang-a-gong piano, sparse instrumentation. Verses are unpredictable, but anchoring most of these tracks are cohesive, manageable & melodic choruses. This whole album sounds like the breakdown on that song that plays over the end credits in Moulin Rouge. Enormous, imperfect aggressive vocals I would compare only to Mike Patton. See also: Jello Biafra. They Might Be Giants. The Mountain Goats. The Thermals. Ludo. The guy who plays Mark in Rent. Conor Oberst when he really means it.

The Paper Chase are the project of John Congleton, who’s mixed and engineered loads of bands you’ve probably heard of. This is a concept album about natural disasters (seriously), part one of a two-part set (the second comes out in 2010). Congleton sings lead and handles all effects & guitars. Jason Garner (the Deathray Davies) on drums, Bobby Weaver on bass, Sean Kirkpatrick (Spoon) on keys.

**This is a gapless album, so watch out for the abrupt stops/starts. **

try: 3, 6, 2
FCC: 7 (a shame!), 8, 9

1. soft opening. vocals at 0:23, full volume at 0:42. piano and hi-hat, curiously upbeat doom march. nice build. STOP at 5:12.
*2. eerie keys & kitschy oriental string intro. plonky pedaled-piano interjections, halloweeny sound effects, melodic chorus with hi-hat-heavy drums.
*3. jittery, crazed percussion. clownish syncopated up-strum feel, high-pitched slidewhistle guitar. warning: the last chord is at the start of the 4th track.
4. slower, calmer vocals. drummy piano chords & strummed acoustic. drums kick in for slight rock-lilt / speed-up
5. angular guitars, tick-tock drums. gloomy, descending chords.
*6. hard-hitting saloon piano, irregular explosive drums. bizarre doom farce, replete w/ carnival & barn sounds. unexpectedly crests into very pretty melodic end. fade at 5:47 or cut at 6:00.
7. FCC thrumming piano and vocals. chord-built catchy chorus (there are callbacks!). nice derails on the last go-round.
8. FCC “ass” tiptoe keys & rattling drumsticks, hooky chorus. ends with offkey rendition of “he’s got the whole world in his hands”.
9. FCC abrasive, syncopated noise punk segues into big string chorus.
10. synthy vocals and creepy backing “ahh”. big climax, cushy landing.

Track Listing
1.If Nobody Moves Nobody Will Get Hurt (The Extinction) 6.What Should We Do With Your Body? (The Lightning)
2.I'm Going To Heaven With Or Without You (The Forest Fire) 7.This Is A Rape (The Flood)
3.The Common Cold (The Epidemic) 8.The Small Of Your Back The Nape Of Your Neck (The Blizzard)
4.The Laying Of Hands The Speaking In Tongues (The Mass Hysteria) 9.This Is Only A Test (The Tornado)
5.Your Money Or Your Life (The Comet) 10.We Have Ways To Make You Talk (The Human Condition)