The fall of 2012 marks another transitional period for Toronto’s PAPERMAPS. Missing from the picture will be long-time member/keyboardist Wendy Leung and guitarist Todd Harrison. Both of their departures were due to either educational pursuits or family commitments.
After releasing the eponymous papermaps CD (April 2011, Sparks/EMI) and tirelessly touring and promoting that album, the band have since released their much anticipated “mini album,” Inferior Ghost (August 2012, Sparks/UMG).
Currently producer/frontman/guitarist Dean Marino, drummer Bobby Lee and bassist/guitarist/keyboardist Betty Dimo are woodshedding in their new Toronto studio space, Echo Valley. The band have a new project in the works and will return to the live scene this winter introducing new material into their set. Since 2004 Dean Marino has purveyed his own unique brand of melodic, guitar driven, dream pop; first under the moniker EX~PO and then as leader of PAPERMAPS. Like many bands with a core writer/producer it began as a solo studio project and evolved into a collaborative group effort through many lineup changes. Shortly after completing the first EX~PO album, Central Meaner Street (2009)
Marino recruited Bobby Lee (drums) and long-time friend and collaborator, Jay Sad (bass).
They began rehearsing as a trio, but Marino needed more players to capture the very layered and experimental vibe of Central Meaner Street. To this end Marino recruited Wendy Leung (keys, vocals) and his partner Lesley Marino (vibes, percussion). This early version of PAPERMAPS played various Toronto venues until Lesley and Jay were replaced by ex-‘Trucks Leaving’ guitarist Todd Harrison (bass,keys).
This foursome began to make waves playing festivals such as NXNE and Halifax Pop Explosion as well as garnering strong CBC Radio 3 and college radio support. In October of 2010 the band changed it’s name to PAPERMAPS and signed a deal with Sparks Music.
In the spring of 2011, PAPERMAPS released their debut album. It was a critic and fan favourite, debuting on the national !Earshot Monthly Top-50 chart at #38 (staying in the charts for 3 months, peaking at #16).
The album produced the hit single/video “Reunion” which peaked at #40 on the Canadian alternative rock charts.The success of the album put pressure on the band to tour more often and in the fall of 2011, in order to create a more flexible lineup, Marino recruited ex-‘Teresa’s Sound World’ guitarist Betty Dimo (bass, keys). Under this arrangement the band toured throughout most of eastern Canada as a four-piece in
various configurations. By the summer of 2012, in the wake of the closure of Marino’s studio, Chemical Sound, PAPERMAPS managed to finish six new songs that would become the Inferior Ghost EP.
The bands first single from the EP “Nobody Gets It” has just been released to commercial radio and the new video will be launched the week of December 3rd. The video features all five members of Papermapsas a celebration of their time together as a group.