I recently had the opportunity to ask the band Paper Tongues a few questions about their sound, album and dream collaborations…
Please introduce yourself and your role in the band…
Joey Signa, I play electric guitar and merch guy.
How would you describe your sound to someone who had never heard you before?
We are very much a fusion of several different styles. I think U2 meets Mutemath meets Journey. It is different. The only way of really knowing is hearing Aswans voice, then you’ve heard us.
What kind of emotions or stories went into recording your debut album?
So much. It was quite a collaboration. We all threw as much of ourselves as we could into one computer then sorted threw the mess and picked out what made sense. There was a lot of back and forth and it took lots of ears to complete it but that is what made it what it is! We’re not selfish with our music.
What’s your favorite song on the album?
I love Everybody and Get Higher. Both are emotional and have so much meaning.
If you could collaborate with any artist, past or present, who would it be
I personally would love to work with Death Cab For Cutie. I love what they have created and what the guitarist, Chris, pulls out of each song.
If you had to cover any one hit wonder in music history (ex. Who Let The
Dogs Out) what song would you choose?
I love playing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Won’t Back Down is such a soulful song that is simple but feels so good.
If you could go back in time and talk to a younger version of yourself, what
would you tell them?
Don’t be afraid of conflict. Often times on the other side of it is freedom and a path that wasn’t previously open.
How would define ‘success’?
Success is growth. It’s coming from one place to another in the midst of change. Success is never a destination, it’s simply a mindset.
Thanks to the band and Kaytea from XO Publicity for helping set this up!