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by Papermaps

Four-piece indie/art-rock/shoegaze project which isn’t beyond exploring their inner OK Computer. Sounds like: The Shins crossed with MGMT.
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4. Forever
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6. Exit
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7. Coddled
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Album Notes
The four members of Toronto band Papermaps ― Dean Marino, Wendy Leung, Todd Harrison and Bobby Lee ― have a lot in common. For one thing, they’re all left-handed. And they were all “gifted kids” in school, which means that people have long been asking them what went wrong on their gilded path to respectable, lucrative careers.

Most importantly, though, the members of Papermaps share a love for making “picture-perfect indie power pop,” influenced by bands such as Spoon, Big Star, Television, the Beatles and MGMT. The band’s self-titled album will be released on April 19, 2011 on Sparks Music.

Dean Marino, the band’s founder and leader, has worked behind the scenes of music in Toronto since 2003, manning the console at Chemical Sound Recording Studio as Assistant Engineer, then Head Engineer and eventually co-owner. He has worked with acts including Tokyo Police Club, The Black Keys, Born Ruffians and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. However, Dean had always been a songwriter and performer at heart. Working off-hours, while climbing the ranks at Chemical, he pieced together his debut album, Central Meaner Street (released under the name EX~PO).

The record garnered positive reviews, drawing comparisons to Elliott Smith and the Shins, and as requests for live appearances started filling his inbox, Dean quickly realized he needed a band to tour the record. His first recruit was Bobby Lee, known for his energetic drumming in the psych-garage outfit La Casa Meurte and for founding the funk/soul band The Main Thing. Central Meaner Street had many harmonies and textures that required someone who could play keyboard and sing, and so Dean recruited Wendy Leung — a singer/songwriter who had just finished recording a solo album, Stop/Start, at Chemical. For the first few gigs, Dean’s business partner and collaborator, Jay Sad, filled in on bass, but the tribulations of running a recording studio together implied that Jay’s role was temporary. Todd Harrison, former member of local experimental bands Trucks Leaving and Teresa’s Sound World, had discovered Central Meaner Street and was waiting for an opening to play bass in Dean’s band. Todd was quickly accepted into the group, and together they played a series of Toronto gigs followed by an appearance at Halifax Pop Explosion 2009, where they supported past Chemical clients Attack in Black and local heroes Dog Day and were met by an enthusiastic and supportive capacity crowd at the Seahorse Tavern.

By the time the band reached the East Coast, live shows were dominated by new, unrecorded songs written by Dean but arranged by the band as a group effort. For the next year, the band continued to play in and around their hometown while slowly recording what would become their next album (the first to feature all four members on record). During this time, and after much internal debate and brainstorming, the group renamed themselves Papermaps, formally announcing their name change at the Silver Dollar on October 2, 2010.


“A distinctly pop-driven sound...fleshed out by experimental flourishes and satistyingly fuzzy shoe-gazey bits,” –

“Upbeat, structured indie-pop,”-

“Traverses borders, bringing music that is fresh, brave and insightful,”-



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