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Barboza Presents:
Papa with Perfect Families

8pm doors || $12 advance || 21+

PAPA's new album Kick at the Dust is an affront to the burden of modern "culture" and an assertion of personal identity, defined through independent thought rather than a "lifestyle" that's been packaged and sold.

It asks, what does it mean to strive for success in a society that disregards your values and the things you cherish most? It questions the very edifices within which we struggle to succeed. It asks us to resist losing ourselves to the cultural glamour that we neither understand nor value, yet make endless sacrifices to attain ("I know what I know, this ain't what we chose, but still it's hard to let it go," vocalist and drummer Darren Weiss sings on "Hold On"). And it asks that we look more carefully into the sort of living we buy into and -- to the music on the radio -- protests, "you don't speak on my behalf."

Over the past five years, the Los Angeles band has seen the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of the entertainment industry — having gone from D.I.Y. to the major leagues with varying woes and successes throughout. Creative partners and childhood friends Darren and bassist Danny Presant now testify through their music that the ideas of "success" mean very little within a system built for a product rather than an artist. In "What Good Is the Night," Weiss asks, "What good is the night, if I can't make it mine?" — what purpose does money, luxury or fame serve if they don't represent the struggle and adversities that make you want to create in the first place?
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By: Barboza

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