“Isn’t it lovely? Wonderful, lovely stuff.” – Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Puts together all that’s best about current electronic music. Intricate but punchy, weird but very wonderful… this is really lush stuff.” – Mixmag
“Great combination of real instruments and electronics.” – Fulgeance
“Oh my god, (this tune is) ridiculous!!” – Mistajam (BBC Radio 1xtra)
“Absolutely sick!” – Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder, LA)
Paper Tiger began life many years ago as a teenage bedroom experiment in suburban Wolverhampton: electronically-produced music incorporating live instruments and musicians. Since then the project has gone from strength to strength, with their early demos gaining support from Radio 1, 1xtra and 6Music. Their free releases, and remixes of DELS (Big Dada), Stac and Scrimshire (Wah Wah 45s), Sneaky (Big Chill) and Dark Sky (Black Acre/Ninja Tune) have been met with universal acclaim.
Now based in Leeds, their full releases over the last 12 months – Worldwide Takeover EP, Send Me (single) and the Illuminated EP – have been supported by Mixmag, Q & NME Radio, Jamie xx, LV, Bugz In The Attic, Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music), Eddy Temple-Morris (XFM), Slugabed, Natural Self and many more. Their emphasis on blending organic sounds with electronic production techniques has resulted in a relatively unique proposition: music which is interesting and technically proficient, but remains vibrant, colourful and funky… captivating both in headphones and on the dancefloor.
Over the past 2 years, a full live band has been performing these productions and more to audiences across Europe. The shows are a fully live, uninterrupted mix of spaced-out future funk: no sequencers or backing tracks, just furious pushing of buttons and flailing of limbs. The band has shared some of the country’s most prestigious stages and festival bills with the likes of Hexstatic, Dam Funk, Jaga Jazzist, The Heatwave, The Bug and Warrior Queen, Rustie, Tokimonsta, Nightmares On Wax, The Herbaliser, TM Juke & Alice Russell, The Bays, Bonobo, Krafty Kuts, Freq Nasty, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Benji B, Daedelus, Gaslamp Killer, Bonobo and Amon Tobin, as well at festivals across Europe.
The Paper Tiger live band currently consists of:
Greg Surmacz (saxophone, laptop, loops)
Raphael Attar (vocals)
Matt Davies (drums, electronic drums)
Tom Henry (synths, keys)
James Wiltshire (bass)
Vital (DJ, samples)
“Pure fire!” – Charlie Dark (Blacktronica/Attica Blues)
“Perfect blend of souly vibes and hard knockin’ thump.” – Slugabed (Ninja Tune)
“…impossible to stand still to. A truly innovative act…” – Counterfeit Magazine
“Undoubtedly the night’s show-stealers… joyous, genre-annhilating.” – Daily Star
“A rare and unexpected gem. Technically brilliant…a diverse and refreshing journey through modern music.” – CityLifers Magazine