by Tiana Feng


Release Date: August 20th, 2013
Label: Fountain Pop Records

If you’ve ever wondered why I have some weird grudge against the Musebox, it’s not only because they send the most annoying unsubscribeable e-mails. PEI-darlings Paper Lions had signed with MB3 (the record label division of the company) for their Trophies EP and didn’t see a paycheque until they publically posted a complaint.

This time around, they created their own record label, Fountain Pop Records for the release of My Friends. The boys also recorded with Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers, Mother Mother), a wonderful pairing to their surgary pop sounds.

Paper Lions left no room for fillers. The 10 tracks could standalone as singles with addictive choruses. It’s no wonder these guys can get the naturally singing along at shows, even more so than Said the Whale. At every listen, they invite you to take part. They want you to be their friend and build sandcastles. They open up about past loves in the slower and more acoustic “Ghostwriters” and we say goodbye with “My Friends are Leaving.”