Pistolita - The Paper Boy EP
Record Label: Montalban Hotel Records
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Pistolita are a piano fronted pop-punk band from Dallas, Texas. After releasing their debut, The Gliss Note EP in 2005 and later their debut Oliver Over the Moon in ‘06, Pistolita are back, releasing The Paper Boy EP four years later with Montalban Hotel Records.
How is it?
The Paper Boy EP is unique, fast, and well-structured, with each song different than the others. The band never takes a breath, and singer Conor Meads demonstrates pure energy and effort throughout the six songs. The intro track sets up “Ceiling Stars” tremendously, a song that shows exactly what Pistolita are about. It’s fast and features an incredibly addictive chorus paced by vocalist/keyboardist Conor Meads. It is already clear that his emotion is the driving force of the band; throughout the EP his emotion and passion is prevalent within each song.
“Emily” begins with leisurely, soft piano play courtesy of Meads before the drums and guitars kick in. The track is about feeling invincible but losing everything, and again, the chorus is captivating, as Meads wails “check pulse to see if she’s breathing.” Lyrically, “Emily” is definitely the zenith of The Paper Boy EP. The track sets up “Twin Beds” perfectly, a slower song about having hope with the standout line: “I never prayed but hoped to God there’s something here bigger than me.” The song is without doubt the standout song of the EP. Meads vocals drive the record, and the musicianship is perfect.
“Nineteen” is driven by piano play and is about growing up and moving on through uncertainty. Meads vocals shine on closer “Gray,” a track about not being pinned down or giving up, proving to be an excellent ending to The Paper Boy.