PAPA are happy to announce the upcoming release of their new album, Kick At The Dust, on September 16 via Hit City U.S.A. Today they share the first single off the album, “Comfort’s A Killer,” which debuted via Noisey who said the single “is perkier than a peakcock’s plumes when he’s really tryna get laid. It’s handclap-tastic, it’s got stompily delivered chords, and a scuzzy bassline…”
Kick At The Dust is the LA-based PAPA’s second full-length and marks a return to the Hit City U.S.A. label who released the band’s first EP in 2011. The duo is comprised of childhood friends Darren Weiss and bassist Danny Presant. Over the past five years PAPA has seen the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of the entertainment industry – having gone from D.I.Y. to the major leagues with varying woes and successes throughout. Kick In The Dust is the end of that road and the start of the next. With the album they testify that the ideas of “success” mean very little within a system built for a product rather than an artist. As Weiss told Noisey “Seems to me that if you work hard enough for security and comfort in this life, you might get it. But after you do, you’ll probably look around, cross eyed with boredom and say, ‘What for?’ When a shark stops swimming forward it’s dead. Same goes for artists. And I ain’t no shark, man.“
Kick At The Dust sees PAPA penning music that is a resistance and a protest to the pervasive culture that promotes “recognition” as validation, regardless of its cause or outcome, to be the ultimate gratification. But this music is also a celebration. It is vibrant, electric and bombastic. It’s relentless and evocative. Traveling with this new material, PAPA has found inspiration in the response to these songs, as fans and strangers alike are moved to dance and feel something new or once forgotten. In this, it is clear that the act and freedom of creation is the ultimate answer to these plaguing features of our society.