The Paper Chase
(Kill Rock Stars/Southern/US).
The Paper Chase sind zum zweiten Mal im Conne Island und zum dritten Mal in
Leipzig. Und wer sie die beiden letzten Male verpasst hat, bekommt nun noch
eine Chance. Um das Ganze zu untermauern, zitiere ich hier den Promo Text von
The Paper Chase`s signature sounds (strangled guitars, bombastic
percussion, terror-stricken strings, bizarre samples and crashing pianos) are
firmly in place on their latest endeavor, Now You Are One of Us. Here, the
Dallas quartet creates the sonic equivalent to George A. Romero's classic
zombie films, in which one and all inevitably become one of them`.
Songwriter/singer/producer John Congleton examines the way fear can be uti-
lized as an instrument of control, even as it spreads like a plague across the
land. Possessed by fear of pacification, domestication and ultimate dissolve,
the characters in the songs struggle to retain their identity. Layers of
trepidation are aurally peeled away and scrutinized while a looming unknown
lies just below the surface. Beyond the fear of death, is the characters'
dreadful realization that perhaps they never even existed. The sound of ghostly
forces opening and closing squeaky doors becomes eerily significant, and
Congleton`s trademark desperation is at its most crucial as he exclaims,
We will show this cruel world we were here.
Despite the disturbed poltergeists that are its roommates, The Paper Chase
sound right at home in their self-wrought haunted house. Over the album`s
seamless course, the band not only offer battle anthems for those who won't go
down without a fight, but also the sadistic theme songs of their bloodthirsty
attackers. Another histrionic epic is rendered, but we wouldn`t expect anything
less from Congleton and his crew.