Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Paper Chase - Now You Are One of Us (2006)

Dark post-hardcore-emo-indie rock. Dense, jagged songs laced with musical and lyrical elements straight out of the golden age of Italian horror. This band has become something of a footnote in the career of lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter John Congleton, who's gone on to produce some of the biggest names in indie rock, including St. Vincent's three best albums (Actor through self-titled, that is.) I don't exactly love him as a vocalist -- he's an over-enunciator -- but the total package is tight.

Track listing:
1. It's Out There and It's Gonna Get You
2. We Know Where You Sleep
3. The Kids Will Grow Up to Be Assholes
4. Wait Until I Get My Hands on You
5. You Will Never Take Me Alive
6. Delivered in a Firm Unyielding Way Lingering for a Bit Too Long to Communicate the Message 'I Own You'
7. The Most Important Part of Your Body
8. What's So Amazing About Grace?
9. You're One of Them Aren't You?
10. The Song Will Eat Itself
11. ... And All the Candy You Can Eat
12. All Manner of Pox of Canker
13. At the Other End of the Leash
14. We Will Make You One of Us
15. The House Is Alive and the House Is Hungry

Do you know what it means to be doomed?
Do you know what it means to be cursed?
When the blue eyes are washing their mouths in the south
You know they're hiding bodies north

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Aereogramme -
Sleep and Release (2003)
MadLove -
White with Foam (2009)


  1. Wow, I saw The Paper Chase in a basement probably in 2002 or so, such a great show. I got one of their albums but who knows where it went. It was in Indiana at The Freedom House, it was called that because that's what it was called before it became a rental with house shows, it was a halfaway house for alcoholics in recovery, so every once in a while they would have someone stop thinking it still was but there'd just be a bunch of punk kids drinking 40s outside