Meet the Band: Papermaps

For the next four Mondays, your choice of what to do at night has just become a lot easier. You see, Toronto's own powerpop cool kids Papermaps are taking over The Drake Underground for a residency called 'Elvis Mondays' to celebrate their impending release of their EP Inferior Ghost.

Along with special guests, you'll be treated with some feel-good tunes, great people and some very dirty dance moves (probably from us). Singer Dean Marino was kind enough to sit with us for a few minutes and help us better understand the world of Papermaps.

MP3: "Reunion" by Papermaps

How do you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard you before? 
Intelligent Power Pop.

If you could open for one current band that you haven't played with before, who would it be?
It would be Hollerado, because they're awesome! 

If you could play one venue you've never played before, what would it be?
I would love to play CBGB's, but it doesn't exist anymore — so next in line would be the Bowery Ballroom. 

What's the worst album you own?
Every album I own has something redeeming in it, somewhere - or I throw it out. Peter Gabriel's first self-titled solo record (1977) was a bit of a letdown for me, but it has "Solsbury Hill" on it and that song is totally awesome and inspiring — so that made the album purchase worth it! I bought it for $3 at a flea market a few months ago. It was worth it because I got to understand a little more what context a song like "Solsbury Hill" came from.

Who, in your opinion, has/had the best facial hair of any band ever?
Todd, my one-time bass player and now 2nd guitar/keyboard player has the one of the best beards in rock and roll.

What would be your all-time, all-star supergroup?
The Beach-Beatles - or maybe John Lennon and Kevin Shields. 

What was the craziest live show you've ever seen?
The Monotonix at Sneaky Dees back in 2008. It was hard to see the band, since they were all floating around the room, crowd surfing, all at once — including the drummer and his drums! Proof: 

What was the craziest live show you've ever played?
We're not known for getting too "crazy." The best shows are the ones where the crowd really gets into it and I either end up jumping up on and off equipment or rolling around on the floor (usually at the end of "Gallows"). I did this at our last performance (the Monday July 9th at the Drake Hotel — the 2nd date of a month-long residency).

What's your favourite song to play live? Why?
I think it's our last song, "You are My Gallows" because it's the most cathartic and emotional. 

What was the first record you ever bought?
When was the last time you listened to it? I want to say Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth, but that would be a lie. It was Green by REM. I listen to Daydream Nation all the time and I never listen to Green anymore. 

Say, for some strange reason, all the music in the world is going to be destroyed, but you can save all the songs from one decade. Which decade's records would you save? 
1975 to 1985 — I know that's not a real decade, but it may have been when the last relevant renascence in music occurred since 1964 to 1974. 

If you could switch places with another musicians in some type of "Freaky Friday" type incident, who would you want it to be? 
It would be John Lennon and I would have stayed in the limo when arriving home from the studio on the evening of Dec 8, 1980. Then I would retire, come out of retirement and do something with Kevin Shields in 1992. 

Partridge Family or Monkees?
The Monkees. Even though they started out as a fake TV band, they eventually learned how to really play their instruments, made real records and went on real tours (with acts like Jimmy Hendrix).

If you absolutely had to get a face tattoo of album art from one record, which record would you want to have on your face for the rest of your life?
The Beatles self titled 1968 "White Album" because it would amount to a really small and minimalist face tattoo. Thank you, Beatles for saving my face!

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