Papa Hits The Ground Running In 2013

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It’s been damn cold so far this year in Los Angeles, but not at The Bootleg Theater.  It’s been blistering hot there these past couple Monday nights.  That’s where you’ll find the band Papa, a group with a feverish sound, sweating it out.

Their January residency, hosted by KROQ Locals Only, has been drawing big numbers largely due to the band’s high energy show, which features lead singer/drummer Darrin Weiss (also of the band, Girls).

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He’s like Elvis Costello and Phil Collins’ love child with a hipster beard.  He attacks the drums like a hard hitting metronome, while effortlessly singing in that warm, New York indie rock tone.

The rest of the band, starring Danny Presant on bass, Ben Usen on keys, and Ben Learnew on guitar are a potent force behind their frontman.  Papa’s songs display a studious grasp of song arrangement; solid and fluent bass lines; quirky, yet ridiculously addicting guitar riffs; translating into a blend of rock-n-roll and time-honored 1950’s pop, which has been turning the crowds at The Bootleg Theater into fervent dancers.

After capping off their 2012 in a most stellar fashion, touring as the opening act for a KROQ favorite Grouplove, the band Papa enters the new year with with a full head of steam.

“Once January is over, we have plans to write and record as much as possible, and tour out until we play the SXSW Festival,” Weiss says.

Papa still has two more weeks of their residency left at The Bootleg, so make sure to catch them for a chance to dance and thaw out this blistery winter season, and more importantly, to see them in a small intimate setting before it’s too late.  Looking forward, the band is set to open some shows for another group who’s making waves, Matt & Kim, in early March, and keep listening to KROQ Locals Only to hear more music from Papa.  It would be in your best interest if you did.

Check back tomorrow with a hilarious video interview with the band!


-John Kovacic/KROQ Los Angeles

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