Belfast Alt-Rockers PAPER TIGERS To Release The Third Single From Eagerly Anticipated Debut EP Feb 18th
Belfast Alt-Rockers To Release The Third Single From Eagerly Anticipated Debut EP
“Stunning” – XSNoize
“Zingy, fierce” – Rock ‘N’ Load
“Using their anthemic alternative rock sound, they draw you in” – The Other Side
Paper Tigers release new single ‘Moloko’ February 18th
Ahead of their debut EP ‘Graceless’, Alt-rock quartet Paper Tigers release their final single. ‘Moloko’ tackles the intoxicating nature of the things we know are bad for us. Set against a bed of heady guitar riffs and confrontational vocals on an anthemic, heart-on-your-sleeve track, ‘Moloko’ sees Paper Tigers live up to the hype, whilst keeping things intimate, wiry and angular. Singer Hayley Norton is in a spirited rush throughout, providing the track with an essential driving rhythm. With their debut EP set for a late April launch, this is the essential track to get you in the mood for heavy grooves.
“Moloko is a reference to The Clockwork Orange, its a drink served in the Korova Milk Bar. Moloko Plus (milk plus), a heady cocktail of milk and intoxicants. A chance to lose yourself, step outside of your normal character and give yourself over to what flows in your blood. The song itself is about losing yourself to someone else in a relationship. They vampire your personality, they make themselves seem so vital to your continued existence and value as a person, systematically breaking you down while building themselves up, making you believe the worst about yourself concocting half-truths and outright fabrications and turning those into gospel. It’s the clarity that allows you to see through these veiled deceptions and step away from the situation. It’s about someone else making you feel graceless.” – Paper Tigers
I seek you out so I can disappear
To feel your golden arms, so insincere
A vision through a lens, 10,000 poison pens
Wont give anything of myself no more, no more
I can feel it
Feel it running through my blood
Once you see it
You’ll never have enough
Can you feel it?
Feel it running through your blood?
I watch the sun, I watch it drown
Outside a golden ocean I found
A simple trail of dreams, that pulled me at the seams
Wont give anything of myself no more, no more
About Paper Tigers:
Paper Tigers are an alt rock band based in Belfast. Formed in 2018 by Michael Smyth with Hayley Norton on vocals, Emma Rose on bass and joined by Matt Milner on drums. 2019 saw Paper Tigers come out swinging, gigging incessantly and releasing debut single ‘Gucci Smiles’ which earned them a nomination for Best Single at the NI Music Prize. This was followed by sophomore single ‘Flames’, released at the very beginning of the global pandemic. ‘No Ghosts Walk’ was released in October 2020 and became the bands most successful single to date. The track will see a vinyl release as part of a compilation on Blow Torch Records.
Earning the band plays on iHeartRadio, John Bakers Totally Irish show on 98fm, Dan Hegarty on RTE2fm, BBC Radio Ulster Across the Line as well as a number of other local and international radio stations. The band have had premieres on Chordblossom and Rock N Load magazine as well as reviews or interviews in YMX Your Music Experience, Chordblossom, Rock N Load, Yeo Magazine, Messed Up Magazine, The Otherside Reviews. They were included in Rigsys Top 50 Irish tracks of 2020 and 2021 in the Daily Mirror. Playlisted by The Golden Plec, Lucy McCourt, She Makes Music and Gig Radar amongst others. The three singles now have over 40,000 streams on Spotify and 10,000 views on YouTube.
Paper Tigers have supported Life and Hundredth on their Irish tour dates.
The band recently received Arts Council NI funding which allowed them to record their debut EP with Ryan McGroarty from Beauty Sleep and have it mastered by Robin Schmidt (Placebo, Wolf Alice, 1975) The first single ‘Blue Light Trails’ was released in Oct 2021 and was followed by a headline UK tour, 6 dates across England and Scotland. A second single and the title track ‘Graceless’ followed in November, with the video premiering on XSNoize. Both singles had accompanying videos shot by DanDan Media which have now 7k views on YouTube and 12k steams on Spotify.
2022 will see the release of a new single ‘Moloko’ at the end of February and the full EP release in April. Paper Tigers have already started booking shows and festival dates for this year with another UK tour at the end of summer on the horizon.
FFO: Wolf Alice, Paramore, Placebo, Royal Blood, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Sparta, At The Drive-In