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April 1, 2021

Interview with Walking Papers

Interview with Walking Papers

We had the pleasure of interviewing Walking Papers over Zoom video!
“The Deep Cinematic Rock We Crave”
That’s how PancakesAndWhiskey.com described THE LIGHT BELOW, the highly anticipated third album by WALKING PAPERS (frontman Jefferson Angell and...


We had the pleasure of interviewing Walking Papers over Zoom video!
“The Deep Cinematic Rock We Crave”
That’s how PancakesAndWhiskey.com described THE LIGHT BELOW, the highly anticipated third album by WALKING PAPERS (frontman Jefferson Angell and keyboard player/longtime collaborator Benjamin Anderson), was just released via Carry On Music and can be purchased or streamed here.
Videos for the album’s first three singles, “Divine Intervention,” “The Value of Zero” and “What Did You Expect?” can be seen now on the band’s official YouTube and Vevo pages.
To listen to WALKING PAPERS is like gaining access to a secret society, like stumbling upon your new favorite bar behind an unmarked door — the kind where every patron has a story, and every night is a late one. With THE LIGHT BELOW, we’re once again invited behind the velvet curtain, to the smoke-filled room where whiskey-voiced Angell holds court, telling his tales over bluesy riffs with an alluring darkness.
Known for his bruised, evocative vocals, and craftsman-like songwriting, he uses the new album to build on an already formidable catalog, with a cinematic style that oscillates between lust and loathing. Described by Angell as “a sort of mindfulness exercise,” the new tracks focus restless energy left in the wake of personal loss and creative self-doubt. “I’ve always used music as a way to deal with negative experiences and to figure myself out,” he explains, “I’ve lost a few close friends the last couple years and some of these songs provided the light I needed to process that. Those same songs have now become a way to continue a conversation with the ghosts.”
With a diverse array of legendary supporting members itching to hop in and jam over the years, including Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), it’s no surprise that caliber of musicianship is what WALKING PAPERS has become notorious for. This time around, they’ve recruited Will Andrews (drums), Gregor Lothian (Saxophone), and Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) for some roof-raising guitar work on “Divine Intervention” as well as “Stood up at the Gates of Heaven.”
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