After first discovering Paper Holland, you may find it surprising that they aren’t signed to a west coast label, living in their vans along the Pacific Coast Highway, and ignoring booking requests in favor of another day out on the water. You may be further surprised to learn that they’re from the Midwest, but their hooks are sunny, their harmonies are warm, and their friendly demeanor welcomes all into a beach-soaked world of wonder.
Formed by the nucleus of frontmen Joe Tomcheck and Andy Kosanke, the band’s music opens a portal to the nostalgic realm of imagined vacations and wide-eyed dreams. Their atmospheric pop sound traverses land, air, and sea while encompassing a wide and varying selection of instrumentation. Such style has landed them comparisons to Hippo Campus, Vampire Weekend, and Phoenix.
Since releasing “Galapagos” (2018), Paper Holland have been writing music to confront different global and societal issues, which they’ve only briefly touched on so far. The band may still be dancing in the sand and splashing in the water but plan to be more forthcoming with their concerns about the rising sea levels, warming temperatures, political injustices, and isolating social climates. As we romanticize tropical getaways to be the ideal escapism from chaotic urban life, the band is well aware that escapism is not a permanent solution
Through the darkness Paper Holland see a brighter future but it’s going to require leaving the beach. Do you wanna go?