Standout Track: No. 1, “Diamond Days.” The song kicks off the band’s self-titled EP with shuffling progressions, a solid groove, and a snippet of a soaring, psychedelic guitar solo à la John Frusciante. Guitarist and vocalist Alex Tebeleff says the song fits Paperhaus’ new direction: It plumbs mid-to-late ’60s psych and art-folk, particularly Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, which he considers the best album ever made. The track explores Tebeleff’s feelings about a dead-end relationship, but more than that, it’s a meditation on life after disappointment.
Musical Motivation: Last winter, Paperhaus developed a new sound once former members moved on to work on their own projects. John DeLascio jumped in on bass, and Laughing Man’s Brandon Moses chipped in relaxed drumming and a practice space at The Red Door in Mt. Vernon Square. “The room gave off a certain atmosphere and energy,” and gave way to late-night jam sessions, says Tebeleff.
Powerhaus: While working on the EP (which came out Sept. 24), Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera got a new lease on their Petworth rowhouse. Space opened up just in time for DeLascio, who was looking for a room, and Moses, who was between studio spaces. At the moment, the band lives together under one roof, which can get intense. “It’s difficult to mix fun, music, and business all together,” says Tebeleff, “but everyone is dedicated and on board.”
Paperhaus plays with Wild Fruit and Sleeping in the Aviary Oct. 5 at Velvet Lounge.