Paper Thick Walls

Paper Thick Walls

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Paper Thick Walls is "a sweet miss-mash of influences from Wilco to Sufjan Stevens," with "a bit of Cursive's dramatics and a dash of the boldness found in bands such as Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire." (Loud Loop Press).

Biography

Orchestral indie rockers Paper Thick Walls began on a green carpet with an acoustic guitar, piano, and a few stories crafted into melodies. The songwriting talents of Eric Michaels and Kate Schell create a truly genre defying sound that "is a sweet miss-mash of influences from Wilco to Sufjan Stevens," with "a bit of Cursive's dramatics and a dash of the boldness found in bands such as Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire." (Loud Loop Press).  The past two years have combined the talents of band members Jacques Rene, Roger Sherman, and Andrew Sabo to add lush orchestral instrumentation behind the profound lyrical imagery.

Following the successful press reception of Paper Thick Walls freshman album, "A Thousand Novels", the band spent the year touring over 50 cities in the US and Canada to move more than a thousand records with their own hands, playing with touring bands such as The Lumineers, Company of Thieves, Drive by Truckers, Joe Pug, and Smoking Popes.  

With such an infectious live show, it's not hard to see why Paper Thick Walls have been named one of the top five emerging artists from Chicago by The Deli Chicago and Chicago Magazine.  The band’s 2011 debut record  "A Thousand Novels"  claimed numerous “Best of 2011” lists and over 150 positive reviews.  The band played key music festivals including NXNE, CMJ, Mid-Point Music Festival, and Summer Fest.

This year, the band is set to release a new EP that will showcase five new songs that further utilize the many instruments in the five piece group to further explore what TimeOut Chicago calls their, "anthemic folk rock" sound.

In addition to the rigorous touring schedule of 2012, lead members Eric Michaels and Kate Schell performed the principal roles in a full-length feature film premiering in 2013 entitled, "We Grew Up Here."  The film, directed by Kevin Pickman and produced by 15 in the Dark Films, will also feature a soundtrack composed and performed by Eric and Kate. 

For booking please contact
Selby Street Booking-John R. Worth, selbystreetbooking@gmail.com

Lyrics

A Thousand Novels

Written By: Paper Thick Walls

When we've died and our lips are blue
They will write a thousand novels
Pages and pages of violent regret
Pages and pages of how I once lost you
Commissioned on the banks of Sicilia
I'm ordered to honor my country
I'm fighting, I'm fighting to stay alive
For you and not for my country.

I couldn't go home to my wife
I couldn't go home to my kids
They sent me off into the fight
The guns are all cylinder wounds
But strangely enough I still shoot
Cause I'd kill to come home to you
Yes I would Kill for you
I can't feel my feet on the grass
I can't hear the heart in my chest
A bullet just killed my friend
A bullet rang out in my head
I stood up to fire my gun
My armor was never enough
Now I'm face down in a ditch
Who am I dying with?

They sent me off. They set me off.

Nyquil

Written By: Eric Michaels

I told the sun to stop traveling and find some rest here in this room
I built him a fort with cozy blankets
and a pillowcase where he could sleep
and you're at the center with baby powder
to mend his wounds and take out splinters
and I'm at the back with a polaroid camera
to capture the light as you burn brighter
and the sun is jealous of you.

Pluto came by and I told him your name
that your eyes are thinking and would steal his chest
and your voice is numbing and your lips are like Vicodin
and your hands won a thumb war
and your ears are elvely
Black hole stopped by and reversed himself into an island where we could rest
and I painted your face with coconut oil and the sun took some Nyquil
and we stayed awake
cause we can never sleep.

The sun told me in confidence that he didn't want to leave
that our room was warm and space is dirty
so i asked him what would happen if the world stayed cold
and he answered quite calmly
look out your window
and the world froze over and around us.

Desolate Place

Written By: Paper Thick Walls

I can see a light from a window shine on you
I see 22 shades of green, a river, and a willow tree
I can see a house painted white
We used to call it home as husband and as wife
Now I can see you cry, courageously
Now all of us can say goodbye
This is would be a desolate place
But this is not a desolate place
This is still a desolate place

I can see a room with a cradled crib
A child would have been until I sinned
Now I can feel your eyes like a shadow remind my chest
That I can always lie and you cannot forget

In it I can still see you (In it I don't see you)

I'll stay with tonight tomorrow I'll be leaving.
This is not a desolate place.

Orange Tree

Written By: Paper Thick Walls

Follow me down to the bridge by the lake
We'll jump off before the cops come and get us
Watch your knees as you float upstream
The rocks at the bottom would love to cut us
I heard the sirens from my place down the street
I burned all my records and I ran to find you
Brought a bottle water and a small orange tree
We can never hide on an empty stomach

I believe that you and me are gonna make it.
I believe that you and me are gonna make it out alive.

Hang my pants on a branch by your head
Sit there naked while the sun comes and heals us
I don't know why you chose to run with me
I'm found guilty and without a plea
Don't worry baby don't explain it to me
Your hands are always clean as far as I can see
And if that man should put a gun to your head
I'll wrap my mouth around the barrel and squeeze it

I believe that you and me are gonna make it.
I believe that you and me are gonna make it out alive.

We shave our heads to avoid the cops
Wear disguises and we sleep in parking lots
Wake up early turn the radio on
Hold my hand as we cry to this song
Hold my hand as we cry to this song

I believe that you and me are gonna make it.
I believe that you and me are gonna make it out alive.

I love the way that you can laugh with me
Turn your shoulder and always reflect me
And if that man should put the cuffs on my wrist
I like the way that you would jump with me
I like the way that you would jump with me.

Discography

"A Thousand Novels" was released on May 3, 2011