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Paperback bio: Fathers of the new subgenre: Scatter-rock
by Aaron Willis

* Josh Craig- drums
* David Rockel- bass, vox
* Tom Willis- guitar, vox

The rock trio Paperback is rock-n-roll, that’s the easy part, but what to classify as the subgenre? There needs to be a term to describe this melodic return to modern rock, that all-too-brief musical period that was drowned out in a wave of grunge. It was a time of rock songs with hooks and humor, oddly modest and modestly odd, where stood giants like Husker Du, Soul Asylum, and the Pixies. To hear a Paperback live show is to usher in that age again, where songwriting counts and it feels good to rock.

The term can’t just be rock, because Paperback’s sound is more complex than the whole White Stripes/Hives/Strokes/Vines three-chord-only doctrine. With changing tempos, odd time signatures and fluid guitar solos, one suspects that these boys gave equal rotation to The Who, Rush and Cheap Trick, and wouldn’t blush saying so.

Paperback formed in the winter of 2002 and spent a great deal of time refining their sound before gig one so as to deliver the goods when it came time. Cincinnati is an unforgiving town for arts and music, and first impressions count. The boys nailed a balls-out version of Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger” (which still finds its way into their set) at a tribute and made people take notice from the get-go.

On the local club circuit, Paperback has not discerned who they play with, giving them a chance to win over indie rockers, punks and metallers and build a cross-pollinated bleacher gallery.

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