If the Smashing Pumpkins, Goo Goo Dolls, Lovedrug, and The Killers all had a bastard child together, it would sound like Paradigm.


Paradigm creates music that is meant to take you somewhere. That has been the main goal of principle songwriter/lyricist Nate Leslie since the band's start in early 2001. Instead of stating here the whole history of member changes, conflicts, successes and failures, what can be said is that Paradigm today sounds nothing like the early days. Endless jamming and never-ending guitar solos have been replaced by the all-important melody and hook. Paradigm is now an indie band that writes catchy songs, but not at the expense of content, depth, and meaning.

Their sound is influenced by a vast number of artists and bands, but it primarily contains traces of eary Foo Fighters, the Goo Goo Dolls, Stars, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, and Third Eye Blind. Or put even more simply: Coldplay on speed.

The band earned their reputation in the Chicagoland area by winning nearly a dozen battle of the bands competitions, including those held by Triton College, Columbia College in Chicago, College of Dupage (twice), and the State of Illinois local battle pof the bands. Where their primary musical goal was to play louder, faster, and more technically dazzling music than any other band, now the primary focus is writing songs that can be related to by any listener.


30 Seconds EP (Sept. 2001)
Live in Lombard Full Length (March 2002)
Milestone EP (February 2003)
Self-Titled Demo (Oct. 2003)
Love, Thoughts, & Everything (Jan. 2004)
Mainstream Epidemic (January 2005)
The Madhouse (October 2006)
Self-Titled EP (December 2006)
Lights (February 2008)