Mathy punk rockers Papier Tigre came all the way from France — on the day their "Personal Belongings" 7-inch is being released, no less — to play at The Owl Farm. Contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser did the Critic's Pick thing for us, and this is what he had to say:
The last time you read about Nantes, a city in the northwest of France, might have been in your high school world history class; Remember the Edict of Nantes, an early experiment in the separation of church and state that ultimately flopped? Even if you don’t, you’ll be as pumped as we are to find out that they’re still growing dissidents in the region, in the form of post-hardcore trio Papier Tigre. With drummer Pierre-Antoine Parois, guitarist Eric Pasquereau doubling as singer (in unaccented English), and guitarist Arthur Le Grandiere doubling on percussion, the group follows in the footsteps of Fugazi and Jawbox, making heavy music with a purpose other than ear damage. Their sound is distinctively spare, but maintains a strong sense of melody and a few carefully chosen psych flourishes behind the sharpened edge. This stop is part of a short visit to the U.S. in support of an upcoming 7-inch; their last trip was in the summer of 2011 to record their LP Recreation at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio. Without a real grasp of French politics — beyond knowing that their current leader is an actual socialist — Papier Tigre’s message is a little fuzzy, but the sound alone is worth the price of admission. —STEPHEN TRAGESER
Baby Boy, Gnarwhal and Altar of Complaints will support. The show is all-ages, starts at 8 p.m., and will run you $5. Hear "Personal Belongings" below.