Papillomas, The
Papillomas, The
In The Band...
Michael Kissinger - vocals, guitar
Shane Yakelashek - guitar, vocals
Richard Travale - bass, vocals
David Blackman - drums
Sounding like a Pinto fire with guitars, The Papillomas play fast and fuzzy
pop music. They sing songs about trans ams, rock stars, and corn. And their live show as been known to attain "Platinum Blondesque" proportions. In the past year these chunky lads from Vancouver Island have seen the release of their debut cd "Corolla," a live performance on CBC Stereo's Nightlines, musical inclusion on a TSN snowboarding video, shows at Music West and NXNE, plus a cross Canada tour.
Corolla CD (1995)
CFUV's A Full Dynamic Range compilation (1995)
Parka cassette (1994)
Early Morning Freon cassette (1992) Formed in 1991 in Nanaimo, BC, THE PAPILLOMAS bash out pretty noise with a patented two-guitar assault, heartfelt raggedness, and pop-laden hooks usually associated with college rock hotspots like Chapel Hill and Athens, Georgia. They've played with the likes of Archers of Loaf, Supergrass, Modest Mouse, and Elevator Through Hell, as well as performed live on CBC FM's Radio Sonic, Nightlines, and Realtime; and has appeared on Much Music's the Wedge, the Indie Spotlight, and Much West. THE PAPILLOMAS' most recent release, a spiffy six song e.p. called When Years Were Bee Stings was recorded at Scott Henderson's Sea of Shit Studios (Nomeansno, Hansen Brothers, Show Business Giants) while the band was briefly a three-piece. Now, back to a more rock prowess number of four.

Papillomas, The

Hub City Records

Only 1 very rare cd available in excellent condition

Corolla is a cool CD. Nanaimo's the Papillomas give us a collection of alterna-pop guitar driven songs about some of those everyday occurrences in life that you might not expect to hear in a song. They sing of flat tires outside of Moose Jaw and pieces of corn on the side of your mouth. The music might remind you a bit of the rough edge of Hardship Post and the poppiness of Lowest of the Low -- and that's a good thing.

The Papillomas let their songs play themselves instead of trying to hide them behind some forced attempt at cool, ultra-hooky chords which seems to be oh-so-popular. They just perform the songs well. Highlights are cool guitar work and Michael Kissinger's unpolished voice, which suits the everyday stories of Corolla.

With the exception of "Ted Nugent's Spine," for the title alone... and for the Guns 'n Roses guitar fade, none of the songs shine over the others because they're all pretty cool and you'll find yourself reaching for the repeat button to hear the disc again.

Test drive Corolla today.

Review by P. Freako

Papillomas, The
Twice As Early As You'd Ever Want to Be There

recorded Sep '98 alt pop

Only 1 very rare cd available in excellent condition

Papillomas, The
When Years Were Bee Stings

recorded Apr '97

Only 1 rare used cd in good condition