Paper Tigers recently revealed themselves to the world with gusto, a bitchin set at Love & Death in Belfast supporting New Valley Wolves, now they have dropped their first single Gucci Smiles. This track will definitely grab your attention, a killer track with a savage guitar riff and equally magnetic vocal delivery. Gucci Smiles has a larger than life chorus that will have you screaming it from the top of your lungs, even better delivered live! the only way these Tigers know-how, balls-out, no holes barred. For a first effort these guys have made their mark and then some with an absolute banger of a song to introduce themselves to the world, Tigers paper or not, watch this space. These kids mean business.
Mark // Editor // Rock ‘N’ Load
Take a listen for yourselves:
Paper Tigers are a Belfast based power alt-rock band. Formed by Michael Smyth in October 2018, armed with a handful of songs and a drive to do something completely different from any previous projects Michael set about gathering his fellow Tigers. Looking to capture lightning in a bottle, this led to an extended and tumultuous search with the line up finally being settled upon in September 2019. Paper Tigers are Hayley Norton on vocals, Michael Smyth on guitar and vocals, Mickey Teague on drums and Stevey Henry on bass and vocals.
Initial shows introduced Paper Tigers as an alt-rock powerhouse, pounding drums, driving rhythms and more hooks than a slaughterhouse floor. Once the line up was cemented Paper Tigers wasted no time entering the studio to record a handful of songs and swiftly announced ‘Gucci Smiles’ as their debut single. ‘Gucci Smiles’ was recorded live in one take with Jonny at Bear Cat, capturing the energy of the band and of the song was paramount to the recording process. Its the sound of the band tearing through the song like only they know-how.
A fuzzed-out angry hornet riff cuts out of the speakers and leaves its trail throughout the song, giving way to acid-washed lyrics and a gargantuan rhythm section. Gloria wasn’t wrong when she said rhythm was going to get ya, Mickey T and Stevey create a drive and pulse throughout the song as it moves into a chorus that stomps harder than Godzilla tearing through downtown Tokyo. Hayley’s vocals drip effortless cool while Michael’s guitar moves between scuzzy fuzz and overdriven stabs that would have even the most Beavis of Buttheaded metalheads nodding along in agreement.
The single will be released on November 1st and will be available to stream via all good streaming services if you cant stream it,you should probably cancel your subscription.
Old Crows Promotions are hosting the release shows on November 8th in McHughs showcasing 3 more of the best local talent NI has to offer; Rhinos, Fagash McCann and Foreign Wolf. The doors are 9 pm and its £5 in. Then the Atlantic in Portrush on November 23rd with Fagash McCann, Ethan Hanna and Sad Tomorrow.
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