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Papa Muse

Austin, TX | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Austin, TX | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
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MuseFest founder returns to region for concert

JIM CATALANO, Correspondent

Until he left town in 2007, Way was one of the bigger movers and shakers in the Ithaca music scene for more than a decade. He founded MuseFest, the eclectic festival that used to wrap up the summer season, and he also played in several bands including Scratch and Sniff (known for their residency at the now-defunct Micawbers) and Papa Muse.

Flash ahead to 2015, and Way is back in town. And so is Papa Muse, which recently completed its debut CD, “Meaning Makers.”

To mark the occasion, Way has organized a big show at the Haunt for Saturday night. Not only will Papa Muse release its CD, but Vacuoso — the local rock band fronted by Mac Myers and Jimbo Scott — also will release its debut EP. To open the show, Way has recruited Misses Bitches, who have developed a unique, harmony-laden folk-rock sound over the past couple of years.

He’s also having psychedelic video projections, an ecology action table (he’s about to ramp up a campaign against plastic pollution), and beer pong tables. And he invited fans to “dress to impress,” as several cameras will be shooting footage for an upcoming music video throughout the night. “I like to go big,” Way said in a recent interview.

He noted the it took Papa Muse — which also includes guitarist producer Sean Kobuk, drummer Greg McClure and bassist Gary Hesselin — more than a decade to complete the new CD. “We’ve taken our time and really produced it,” he said. “It sounds like a major-label record, and I’m really proud of it.”

The new album ranges from pop to hard rock to prog rock to grunge, with strong melodies and hooks throughout the 13 songs. “At some point in the evolution of my songwriting, I made a conscious choice that my songs should be easily digested and enjoyed by others, not just designed for musical masturbation,” Way said. “I aim to both express and release my emotional and mental extremes, while allowing others to understand me. If my music cannot reach people and inspire them, it becomes a selfish venture unworthy of my life.”

Admission for the 9 p.m. show is $8, with $2 off if you purchase both CDs (for $10) upon entry (they’ll cost more inside club).

Way said this show will be the only place to buy a limited edition version of the CD. “We won’t be releasing the whole album online; instead, we’ll be making music videos for each song and releasing them throughout the year online,” he said.

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Demo 2002
Meaning Makers 2016



Papa Muse is Indie rock and high energy world music. With catchy hooks and funky dance-able grooves, Papa Muse has been compared to the Talking Heads, Vampire Weekend, Paul Simon, Devo and even Rush. The songs are polished and often move in different directions to make them unpredictable, yet with meaningful lyrics and contagious grooves, Papa Muse songs are relatable and easy to digest.

The live show is dynamic, inclusive and interactive, so while the message behind the music can be deep and introspective, the live show is high energy, whimsical and fun. “I keep my live show light and fun while singing about what matters most to me and fighting for the greater good. When we come together for a live show we celebrate life, we build community and affect positive change.

In late 2016 Papa Muse released a free 6 song rock EP entitled "Meaning Makers 6EP" and recently finished an impressive music video for the title track. These songs are from the full length album "Meaning Makers." The full length CD of 13 songs had a very limited pressing and is currently only available at live shows or special order. The official release of this full length album has been put on hold in a choice to put energy into the newer danceable recordings that are being developed currently.

A charismatic, inspirational, and wacky character, band leader Way was the principal organizer for The Musefest, an annual music festival based near Ithaca, N.Y. He also ran a successful promotions and publicity company, a hotel for musicians, and has written for several music publications. Way most recently put his focus on both his band and music career and also an environmental campaign he created called the Plastic Free Challenge to raise awareness about plastic pollution on social media. 

Achievements for Papa Muse include countless headlining bar gigs, festival showcases, support of national acts as diverse as Fishbone, Jymkata and the Pietasters, as well as several television appearances.The music truly speaks for itself,  please give Papa Muse a listen. We hope that you will be inspired and impressed.

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