The self-titled debut album from Seattle blues-rockers Walking Papers is due for release on the 15th October via Sunyata Records / Boredom Killing Business. Following this the band will be touring live in the UK this November. Having already heard and reviewed their single‘Your Secrets Safe With Me’ on 28th August on With Guitars, which is due for release on the 1st October I was really keen to hear what else this band had to offer beyond their stellar line up of Jeff Angell,Barrett Martin, Duff McKagan, and Benjamin Anderson. The album also features guest appearances from Mike McCready on guitar, Dave Carter on trumpet, Dan Spalding on baritone sax, and Ed Ulman on trombone.
These boys really do know how to make an excellent album.From the deeply soulful opening track ‘Already Dead’ which shivers like a whisper in the deepest night of sweet melancholia filled with dark imagery to the sudden shift of mood and tempo of ‘Your Secrets Safe With Me’. This is a powerful piece of musical mastery. With its confident rhythms and defiant lyrics this debut is pure indulgence. It is bold and unrepentant in its darkly lyrical world view.
The band will be on tour this November in the UK (dates to be announced) and if they are as good live as they sound on the album then their shows will be phenomenal. 8.75/10