Nashville teenage psych wonders The Paperhead announce Nationwide tour dates

By on May 18, 2011
Three 18 year olds from Nashville turning out tracks that play like lost nuggets from 1968,
The Paperhead announce national tour dates accompanied by “spiritual advisor” Jeffrey Novak on farfisa
bringing the vintage sounds of their Trouble In Mind-released self-titled LP to life.
 Kicking off these dates, Trouble In Mind will be hosting a truly unique pressing/listening party at
United Record Pressing in Nashville on June 16 for the limited vinyl only reissue of
The Paperhead’s debut cassette, Focus In On…The Looking Glass on TIM Records.
Pressed before your very eyes and immediately spun for the first time, this event celebrates both the earliest psychedlic experiments of the band and the vinyl process so integral to the label. 
For a preview of what to expect, give a listen to the vintage sound of “Back To Those Days.”
Tour dates and more info below!
The Paperhead Tour Dates
June 15 – Nashville, TN    
w/ The Strange Boys
June 16 – United Record Pressing Listening Party – Nashville, TN
June 17 – Poplar Lounge – Memphis, TN  
June 18 – Siberia – New Orleans, LA  
June 19 – The Mink – Houston, TX
June 20 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX 
w/ Rayon Beach
June 21 – Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM    
w/ Far Corners
June 23 – Til Two – San Diego, CA  
June 24 – Permanent Records Instore @ 5pm – LA, CA
June 24 – HM157 – Los Angeles, CA  
June 25 – Fuzzplex – Oakland, CA  
June 26 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA    
w/ Wax Idols, Wrong Words
June 28 – Slabtown – Portland, OR    
w/ Night Beats
July 14 – Black Sparrow – Lafayette, LA  
July 15 – Bitchpork – Chicago, IL  
July 16 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI  
July 18 – Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH  
July 19 – Columbus, OH  
w/ Andrew Graham & Lpps
July 20 – The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
July 22 – WFMU Live Session @ 1pm – NY, NY
July 22 – Bruar Falls – NY, NY  
July 23 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
w/ Estrogen Highs
July 25 – Golden West – Baltimore, MD
July 26 – Comet Ping Pong – Washington, DC
Praise for The Paperhead
“Back to Those Days,” which does indeed look back to the golden days of one-off psych geniuses like July or Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera–leslie speaker-treated vocals ala “My Clown” and Electric Prunes-style wailing fuzz create a spiraling Elevators-meets-“Pandora’s Golden Heebie Geebies” eastern vibe.
Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave), Signal to Noise

Every song swirls and pulsates like a psychedelic light show, featuring electronic sound effects, backward tape loops, textured pop layers, Eastern influences and eerie, unearthly vocals.
LA Times

We have no idea how Nashville got so lucky to have teenage bands like this, but we’re not gonna complain. God knows psychedelic music hasn’t hit us this hard since sophomore year of high school when we heard Piper at the Gates of Dawn for the first time in Jimmy Stewart’s smokey basement.
Nashville’s Dead

It wields a very old school type feel harking back to the days of fuzz pop and pysch rock.
Austin Town Hall

Those seeking a hypnotic, garage-fuzz mantra to help them astral project around the cosmos for awhile, can be assured The Paperhead will get them where they need to go.
My Old Kentucky Blog

Mellow psychedelia in the vein of Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watchband or any number of culinarily monikered early acid-rock outfits, “Back to Those Days” feels a bit like an as-yet-undiscovered Nugget, cutting through the nostalgic haze with fuzzed-out tones and Farfisa fuel.
Nashville Scene

I’ve got to admit though, they do seem to have a knack for it; influences wiped cleanly on their sleeves, they meld together each nugget into a swirling trip of a record that sounds like much more than the sum of its parts.
Raven Sings The Blues

They channel late-’60s psych-pop perfectly, deliciously bending vocal melodies that begin sweetly, turn awkwardly downward and suddenly rest on a note that should cause discomfort but doesn’t because it just … fits.

The Paperhead – barely out of their teens, create a complimentary mixed bag of indie-psych that you should add to your collection.
Paper Crane Collective

When I heard the sweet psychedelia dripping from the wax I couldn’t believe that it was made by a bunch of kids in Nashville in 2010.
Vinyl District

Switch on the lava lamp, burn some incense, roll up a fat one, and try for yourself and see.
Mad Mackerel

They take on a scarily authentic approach, which only becomes more perplexing after learning it’s done by three eighteen year old dudes from Nashville.
Styrofoam Drone
More on The Paperhead
Upon your first listen to this record you may think that you’ve stumbled onto some lost nugget from 1968. The Paperhead take their name from a lyric in July’s golden-age psychedelic single “My Clown” and while the record may have a vintage sound, it’s mind boggling to learn that it was written and recorded in the summer of 2010 by three 18 year old kids from Nashville, Tennessee. Neo-psych fans may hear a more ambitious ‘White Fence’ or a poppier ‘Spacemen 3’ while more classic minded listeners may recall ‘The Pretty Things’, their namesake ‘July’ or post-LSD ‘Beatles’.
Before they all went their separate ways to start college Ryan Jennings and his closest childhood friends Walker Mimms and Peter Stringer-Hye holed up to record an album that combines all the orchestrated pop layers, eastern influence and groovy instrumentals of a classic British Psych record. With Cheap Time’s Jeffrey Novak as producer & “spritual advisor” these guy’s technical and songwriting abilities far outreach their young age, while still maintaining a sense of wonder about the world and a dash of charming naivete.

Started in Chicago in 2009 as a way to release 7″s with perfect pop songs, Trouble in Mind has releases in excellent record stores near you from Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time), Alex Cuervo, The Limiñanas, Vermillion Sands, Wounded Lion, Personal & the Pizzas, The Wrong Words, Tropical Sleep, Sticks N Stones, Night Beats, The Hex Dispensers, The Mean Jeans, The Limiñanas, Hollows, Ty Segall, Tyler Jon Tyler, Wheels on Fire, Sonic Chicken 4, Charlie & the Moonhearts, The Fresh & Onlys and The White Wires 
and LPs from San Francisco’s purveyors of ragged pop The Wrong Words, Nashville psych explorers The Paperhead, mind-blowing psychic sprawl from Seattle’s The Night Beats and killer Texan garage punk from Wax Museums,
delivering on their mission to put “the emphasis back on the music and prove that the 2 1/2 minute pop song is alive and well.”
Trouble In Mind interviews with The Onion A.V. ClubFracture Compound and Neu Magazine.

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.