Tired of jam bands? Try Good Paper
KEYSTONE – Good Paper found its way out of the jam.Five years ago, four musicians started as a jam band but soon grew tired of the extended format, so they broke out and began writing catchy pop songs and alternative funk.”Instead of dragging it out, we get right to the point,” said Scott Doler on bass and keyboard.The musicians – Doler, Rob Mortimer (guitar, vocals), Ben Skelton (drums) and Alan Jones (lead guitar) – grew up in the Mississippi Delta. Since they were 16, they sat in bars and played with musicians, soaking in the essence of the blues – its soul.
“We played with a lot of black musicians who were solid and had a lot of feeling,” Doler said. “You kind of pick up on that.”Though Good Paper isn’t a blues band by any means, its funky guitar riffs borrow from blues and rock, and Mortimer’s voice is seeped in soul.The band calls its music alternative jam, comparing itself to Modest Mouse with Ike Turner singing, Mortimer said.”It’s a great variety, but you can tell it’s us,” Doler said. “We’re versatile, yet we’re stable.”Good Paper experiments with all types of music and entertaining stage antics. In addition to originals, its cover tunes range from the Doors and the Dead to Herbie Hancock and Ben Harper.
“We try to capture your attention live and try to make it more than just listening to music,” Mortimer said. “The songs have general themes, so if it’s a song about monsters, we act like monsters.”But don’t be scared.”It’s nothing really crazy,” Doler said. “It’s just energetic. We don’t stay still on stage.”The one crazy thing about Good Paper, though, may be Skelton.
“Our drummer’s really animated in his movement, his words – and his haircut, which he does himself,” Mortimer said. “The one he’s got now really looks terrible. It started out long, then he cut it so he looked bald in the middle, so he whacked too much off in the back and left streaks where he cut himself.”Fortunately, he’s better with sticks than scissors.Good Paper plays Thursday at the Goat.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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