If rock is dead Paper Tigers are here to drag its beautiful corpse out of the grave put it in front of a mic, a guitar round its neck, and shock its electric body back to life. Formed in 2018 by Michael Smyth and completed by Hayley Norton on vocals, Stevey Henry on bass, and Michael Teague on drums. 2019 saw Paper Tigers come out swinging, gigging incessantly and releasing debut single ‘Gucci Smiles’, the single amassed 5000 streams with the video being view 2500 times. Earning them support on tours with Life and Hundredth as well as accolades from press with Chordblossom declaring ‘This is rock and roll’. Paper Tigers have started 2020 by releasing the sophomore single ‘Flames’, due out March 27th showcasing another side of the band’s songwriting, an incendiary riff drives the song forward demanding attention before exploding into a stadium-sized chorus. Melodies are backed by a snarling punk rock attitude, boundless energy while creating an urgent tension. The verses feel like a snarling tiger on a chain that finally breaks loose during the chorus, wild-eyed, and gnashed teeth. Already a live favorite ‘Flames’ showcases the band hitting their songwriting stride. Lyrically the song deals with infatuation and lust, an introduction to an all-consuming seduction. Like a flaming succubus, Hayley’s vocals lure you into the song and trap the melody inside your head.
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