The New York-based indie rock band PaperDoll is back with a new single “You Can’t Stop It” and are ready to rock with a nationwide tour kicking off later this month. The band members Teresa Lee (vocals/keyboard), Patrick Moloney (guitar), Steve Paelet (bass), and Chip Thomas (drums) have been widely praised for their always energetic and powerful live performances, and the tour promises to be no exception.
PaperDoll’s first stop for their East Coast/West Coast tour is College Prep High School in Oakland, California (because West Coast is the Best Coast … kidding!) and will go cross country until their final stop in Washington, D.C. Although this will be their third tour, this is the first to take place in their home country, the U.S. (the first tour was in 2009 in Ireland, and the second in 2010 in China). The band first got their start in New York’s Lower East Side through their infectious unique mix of dance, pop, and rock. The one-of-a-kind musical stylings have landed PaperDoll’s music in commercials by NIKE and Dayquil, and can also be heard on Good Day New York, The Today Show, MTV, Blender, Maxim, Gotham, and various films including The People I’ve Slept With.
It’s been forever since I last listened to indie music. Though my taste in music has changed since my young’un days when I blasted The Killers or the next up-and-coming band, I can still appreciate it — the power blast from the lyrics and amazing guitar riffs, especially if it’s catchy enough to push repeat.
Reminiscent of No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani’s vocals supported by a steady stream of drum and bass and everything in between, Chinese-Taiwanese-Thai American vocalist Teresa Lee Chaisiri packs a powerful punch. Her voice soars above the intermingling melodies and the steady pound of the percussion as it heralds lyrics that pull you into the music to create an incredible blend of punk soul.
Rolling Stone said they “embody the defiance and joie de vivre that define rock music,” while MTV World described them as “Harder than The Killers and tighter than Pat Benatar ever was. Pure post‐punk energy with a melodic heart.”
Take a listen to their song “If Nothing Happened” off their debut album Ballad Nerd Pop:
Teresa even sings in Mandarin in their song “Anything At All.”
PaperDoll kicked butt at Kollaboration NY last month (how could they not with a front woman in such a cute, retro get-up?).
Wanna hear them live? Check out their upcoming shows:
Saturday, July 17, 2010, 8 pm
199 Bowery St (at Spring St), New York, NY 10003
August 6 – 7, 2010
Frexh 2010 (Music, Fashion, & Food Festival), Shanghai, China