Paperhaus is a reference to the lead off track of Can's "Tago Mago," which was a big album for everyone in the band. Can's unegotistical, experimental approach to sound making and jamming was a major starting point for the four of us.
2. How did this band get started?
Alex and Ed met when they were 13 and have been playing together ever since. They went through several lineup changes with varying success until one fateful night at the red door room of DC's Gold Leaf studios. Brandon was staying there at the time and was just starting to pick up the drums. The three knew John's sister and invited her to sing. John had just bought a cheap bass and tagged along on the promise of a chance to drink beer and do a little jamming. The chemistry was obviously from the very first note and here we all are two years later.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Obviously Can, Radiohead, The Smiths, Deerhunter, King Crimson, Bob Dylan
4. If you could tour with any band past or present who would it be and why?
Probably the Talking Heads. Playing out night after night with one of the tightest and most high energy experimental bands of all time alone would be a good reason. Add on the wisdom and wit of David Byrne and I think all of us would agree that the tour would be a major transformative experience. Would welcome Annie Clarke to join as well.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Citrus. Keeping your health and energy up on tour is priority number one. Also, we're kind of on a nationwide barbecue safari and touring in the south has not yet disappointed.
6. Why should people listen to our band?
All the guys in this band have an incredibly unique spiritual energy which we channel into everything from our practices to our performances to our studio work. If people who listen to our group can feel that energy pulsating through the speakers and can get some of that transformation that we experience when we play, we've done our job.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch place with?
RG3 cause he's the best.
8. If you won a grammy, who would you thank?
Definitely not God. We'd thank Fela Kuti instead because he's better than God. Him and RG3.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
We would take out the "industry" part. Music is a gateway to the sacred and eternal and having an industry to churn it out like some kind of product demeans its true value. If there is to be an industry, we'd like to see more groups like Motown popping up, which are being run by talented people focused on quality, innovation, and cultural impact over sales. Ironically, as Motown proved, the sales came with the quality anyway.
10. Most memorable tour experience?
Meeting up with our friends Young Rapids in Charleston was exceptionally epic. Along with some other local friends we all had an amazing time in a beautiful city and didn't miss the chance to hop out to the beach as well.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
Absolute Punk focuses on punk as a lifestyle and philosophy rather than simply the aesthetic qualities of the music itself. In fact, there's a lot of non-punk music covered in ap.net. Punk is more of an attitude than this style or that style of music so we're glad to see ap.net doesn't discriminate on the basis aesthetics.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
We've been having a lot of fun playing Untitled/Misery lately, which we're set to record this summer after our EP comes out this May. As for covers, Take a Chance on Me by ABBA.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
John's parents' house: pool, comfy beds, late night jam sessions, and mom's homemade sausage and peppers.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Biz Markie, Tribe Called Quest, and Old MacDonald had a Farm (ee-i-ee-i-oh).
15. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
At first we thought teleportation, but we just bought a beautiful periwinkle van and getting rid of it would be a shame. So X-ray vision.
16. Any preshow rituals?
The RG3 chant. RG3! RG3! RG3!!!!!
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
We also run a DIY house venue called "The Paperhaus."
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place your band could flourish?
Mainstream radio has gone down over the years. There was a time when radio stations played lots of new, interesting, and innovative music. Most of the new bands worth listening to now barely appear on the radio, and even the classic rock stations rock "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Stairway to Heaven" 12 times a day. Paperhaus could have a place on NPR or college radio with a hit single of some sort like Grizzly Bear did with "Two Weeks", but even that song didn't get its proper due. Bands like that and Arcade Fire seem to do fine without major radio rotation so we're not worried about it too much.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read, write, go to art museums, drink, listen to records, have sex, and do all those things at once.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
John can speak Russian and do backflips, Alex really likes French wine, Eduardo's a good cook, and Brandon can do it all