All four of these fellows are excellent musicians, but I think what I have always enjoyed most about this group is the way that the voices of brothers Rob and John MacPhee blend together. I have always thought that siblings have the best sound when singing together. Maybe this stems from singing duets with my lovely sister at the Queens County Music Festival every year, but I digress. In any case, Paper Lions have a great pop rock sound with catchy melodies and lyrics that I always find myself wanting to sing along to.
I think my favourite memory of Paper Lions, was from their Winnipeg show last summer. I had just moved there, and was incredibly homesick for PEI. Following the band on facebook, I noticed their tour's slow progression across the country from British Columbia moving eastward.
On a whim I wrote on the band's wall to ask if they might be performing in Winnipeg. An almost immediate response let me know they were doing a show that same night, only a short walk from my then temporary abode, the U of Winnipeg residences. I threw together a small group of people (made up of exchange students from Quebec) to join me at the concert and in addition to enjoying their always fantastic live show, I felt a taste of home which was a huge lift.
Even better, I got a pro bono CD from Rob MacPhee (who had been the one to initially reply to my FB query) who was pleased to see a fellow Islander make her way to a Winnipeg show. Not only are they great musicians, but nice guys too, of course, being from PEI and all.
Paper Lions are yet another example of the excellent musical talent coming out of my home province. Give them a listen, you won't be disappointed!