[LIVE REVIEW] PAPA @ SXSW 2013
PAPA | MARCH 13, 2013 | SIDE BAR | AUSTIN
Soon after sinking our teeth into the best brisket Austin has to offer at Iron Works, my British friends and I grabbed the coldest Lonestar we could find and hit the streets of Austin for Day 2 of SXSW [mind you it was still AM]. My friend had to leave, so I followed his friends [my now-new friends] to see the much-hyped about, J. Thoven at Side Bar. We had every intention of actually seeing J. Thoven- literally we did.
As you do when you are early for a show in Austin, we grabbed more ice-cold Lonestars and headed to the outdoor terrace. Luckily for us, there was a band line-checking. These guys were impressive enough for us to stay [and apparently forget about the band we came to see]. Note, this is the epitome of SXSW.
Papa began their set with an anthemic rock ballad - what their sound is best recognized as. Darren Weiss is the singing drummer whose charisma leads the band - or at least, that was the case during this gig. Their energy was infectious, stage presence - engaging and music - raucous and catchy.
Papa are a 4-piece from LA. Darren Weiss left New York and the band Girls, to move home to LA and start ambitious new project with long-time friend, Danny Presant.
Their fast, syncopated guitar riffs allured the audience and enticed onlookers, like ourselves. Lyrically and melodically bold, their indie/pop/rock sound stood out amongst their Alt-Nation and SiriusXMU peers.
Weiss' and Presant's energy fed off of each other - exuding a live performance to make you convert instantly. Yes, we missed J. Thoven, but with this missed opportunity came the discovery of one of the most buzzed about bands at this year's SX. Furthermore, these chance discoveries [both new bands and new friends] are the very things that make the SXSW experience an invaluable one.
Their ambitious sound has obvious similarities to Springsteen. If you are into Bruce but amplified with Rock and Roll and sprinkled with hipster-suave, then check out Papa; they're damn good at it.