Paperhaus started in a basement in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where guitarists Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera spent their teenage years playing music together with ears buzzing from Radiohead, Television, and Fela Kuti. Miles away in Philadelphia, the dissonant vibrato of drummer Brandon Moses howled over distorted blues, while bassist John Di Lascio’s three drunken years playing absurdist prog-pop in shady Japanese yakuza bars were winding down.
When the haze cleared, these four musicians found themselves in the Red Door room in DC’s legendary Gold Leaf Studios (R.I.P.), screaming raw vocal poetry into rickety old mics and bleeding cosmic noise through rusty tube amps. All night jams edged into anything from CAN to DC Gogo, while haunting noisescapes echoed of Sonic Youth and Scott Walker. Above it all hung Country-Blues & Pop-oriented arrangements with deeply personal lyrics.
Paperhaus is the lovechild of four very different, but passionate songwriters, who share only a belief in the spiritually transformative power of music. This attitude perhaps more than anything inspired the establishment of “The Paperhaus,” their shared home studio and DIY concert space. Over the past two years, this humble row house in Petworth has hosted over 100 bands from all over the country and is an institution in national DIY culture.
Paperhaus released its self-titled EP in 2011, and released its second effort, an EP entitled “Lo Hi Lo,” in May of 2013, with a two month national tour to support it throughout the spring of 2013. “Lo Hi Lo” was recorded at DC’s legendary Inner Ear studios with producer Ivan Basuri. A full length LP of Blues, Funk, and Krautrock influenced Psychedelic music is already in the works and will be released in 2014.