LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ Custard) - Los Angeles' Paper Zoo will release its self-titled EP via Custard this fall. The set will be released in conjunction with their first national tour which kicked off this past Saturday in Vancouver.
The band will open for rock legend Roger
Daltrey as part of his first headlining solo tour since 1985. Led by guitarist/lead singer Allister
Izenberg, Paper Zoo play with an approach that reflects eclectic tastes and surprisingly deep roots - from Hendrix, Led Zeppelin
to contemporary and even esoteric influences - that drive them to create a language all their own.
After a chance meeting with multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer and Custard label head Linda Perry at a Guitar Center at the age of 13, Paper Zoo - then a power trio - started working to develop their sound with longtime Perry collaborator and Bigelf frontman Damon Fox. Their debut EP comes nearly six years and one new band member since that Guitar Center meeting.
Produced by Damon and mixed by Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), the EP is a creation of rough demos recorded over the span of several visits to Linda's Kung Fu Gardens.
"I've been developing these kids since that day at Guitar Center. Every time I think about these guys or do anything with them, I get extremely excited. When I listen to their music, I feel like I go on a journey; they are so refreshing to me. They truly are the new generation," says Perry.
Paper Zoo is Allister, William Thomas Wesley II (bass), Monte Dyaami Najera (drums) and Martin Lopez (keys). Allister's soft spot for the heavy and the psychedelic emerges through his guitar stylings, while Billy's bass is supportive and lyrical and propelling it all is Monte's fluid feel for his drums. The latest addition to the Paper Zoo is keyboardist Martin Lopez who is universally adept at the organ, piano mellotron and synthesizer.
Learn more at wearepaperzoo.com.