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My Friends - Paper Lions
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LABEL: Fountain Pop Records
RELEASE DATE: August 20, 2013
FORMATS: Physical, Digital

Band Members

Rob MacPhee: Bass, Vocals
Colin Buchanan: Guitar, Vocals
John MacPhee: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
David Cyrus MacDonald: Drums, Vocals


Hailing from the unlikely small community of Belfast, Prince Edward Island, brothers John and Rob MacPhee and neighbour Colin Buchanan began playing music together at a very young age in a variety of garage bands. After meeting in high school, David Cyrus MacDonald was recruited and Paper Lions cemented with John and Rob filling the positions of lead vocals and bass respectively, Colin on lead guitar and David on drums.

After the release of their critically acclaimed, five-time ECMA nominated 2010 EP, Trophies, Paper Lions has literally been around the world. They performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics, the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, from Italy and Malta, to Nashville and New Orleans, as well as a series of shows that brought them from Goose Bay, Labrador, all the way to the most northern human settlement on Earth - Alert, Nunavut.

The Lions have seen their fair share of success on the home front as well. Their song "Traveling" was uploaded to a fledgling YouTube in 2006, and it's not hard to tell when watching it. By December 2011, the heavily pixelated video had received 60,000 views. By May 2012, it has garnered over 1,000,000 views and continues to climb. The band decided to offer something to these newfound fans, and started giving away their EP Trophies in exchange for an email address. Mere hours after posting the letter of explanation to their fans, it hit the front page of Reddit.com. Over the next day, the band's website crashed under the weight of over 130,000 hits, and the EP was downloaded more than 12,000 times.

So it has been a very hectic, strange and exciting winter. One that was capped off by the recording of their as-yet-untitled, debut full length album with Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers, Mother Mother) during a Vancouver April. Slated for release in August 2013, these 10 songs are a Polaroid of Prince Edward Island twenty-some years ago. Stories of love and pain, childish fights, best friends, beaches and forts; they evoke the melancholia of youth, remembered by someone not very far from it.

Eight years and three vans in, with over 1300 shows played, Paper Lions has received 16 ECMA nominations and one win, over twenty PEIMA nominations and four wins, the Touring Artist of the Year award from CAPACOA, a Verge Music Award nomination, and a CBC Radio 3 'Bucky' award nomination. They've played Hillside Festival, Virgin Festival, The Warped Tour, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Evolve Festival and many more. They've shared the stage with such varied acts as CAKE, Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, The Rheostatics, No Joy, Hot Hot Heat and Electric Six. They've had their songs featured on ABC and NBC, MuchMusic, MTV and AUX, had an iTunes Single of the Week, were finalists in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Competition and won the David Suzuki Playlist for the Planet competition.


“Musically, these guys really cook. With more than a few tips of the hat to the Fab Four and the Police, you quickly realize this band is going to be the real deal, but even with a solid understanding of the history of pop music, they are working hard at crafting their own sound.” - Hero Hill

“Leave it to a bunch of boys from Prince Edward Island to show Torontonians how to throw a show. Indie rock quartet Paper Lions did just that at El Mocambo as they brought the house down...left the audience in amazement, delivering one of the best shows of the North By Northeast festival.” - Jon Brazeau, www.spillmagazine.com

“Paper Lions are cracking musicians, marrying catchy, shout-along pop with madcap showmanship. These guys have been nominated for multiple ECMAs; it's only a matter of time before the rest of the country starts to notice...They can sing, they can write songs, they can pull off a bitchin' Queen cover with all the technical panache it requires, and they can get a tuckered-out 1:30am crowd moving, clapping, and singing in three-part harmony with no effort at all.” - Natalie Manzocco, Chart Attack

Pre-release news

May 13th on exclaim.ca

By Alex HudsonLast year, Paper Lions gave away their 2010 collection Trophies after reportedly not receiving any of the earnings from the record, so it's not too surprising to learn that the Maritime pop rockers are releasing their new album via their own label. My Friends is due out on August 20 through the band's own Fountain Pop Records.

The album was recorded in Vancouver with Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, the New Pornographers, Mother Mother). It reportedly introduces a strain of of darkness into the band's sunny pop sound, as Beach Boys-style harmonies mingle with rock guitars.

A press release describes the album like this: "Stories of love and pain, childish fights, best friends, beaches and forts; they evoke the melancholia of youth, remembered by someone not very far from it."

Before My Friends drops, the band will hit the road in North America. Much of the May and June schedule takes place in the U.S., but there's also a small selection of Canadian stops.

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