We Still Have Paris - Shame Shame Shame EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: December 7, 2007
HBO’s defunct series The Sopranos gave New Jersey’s residents a cunning characterization, but the garden state has made up for it with its goulash of pop punk bands. One of its most current offspring to emerge is We Still Have Paris who should receive honors for being unfailingly persistent and hopeful about their future.
The songs on the band’s current EP Shame Shame Shame, which is only being sold at iTunes and Snocap on their MySpace site, is a good representation of the band’s lifestyle, spending their days on the road traveling from show to show with very little leisure time to sit back and enjoy the sun rising through the skyline. Their 6-track EP feels like the days are played in fast-forward and as a listener, you feel like you are moving in fast-forward all the way through it like a water-tube ride at an amusement park where you jump in at one end and it shoots you out on the other. The racy guitar swipes of band members Kevin Kumetz and Mike Deleasa move at light speed and the rhythm section of bassist Rudy Giancarlo and drummer Gary Dedoussis produce smashing beats like a stampede of boulders. It’s punk music in its adolescence stage recalling of the early days of Mashlin and All Time Low.
We Still Have Paris have kept themselves in the right company for their music, hooking up tours with The Ataris, Mayday Parade, Valencia, Spitalfield, and Bedlight for Blue Eyes to name a few. Tracks like “This is Not About You” and “Raise Your Glass” are typical of pop punk’s terrain and energy levels, but singling out Kevin’s lead vocals from other pop punk lead vocalists is impossible. We Still Have Paris produce a homogenous pop punk sound on their EP and do little to set themselves apart from others in their flock except for their mid-tempo track “Being Your Ghost,” which creates attractive melodic rock bindings. It not only makes it prime for commercial radio but it differentiates Kevin’s vocals from anyone else in the field and shows a fresh appeal in the band’s dynamics.
The band’s lyrics are personable, but just as equally intimate as a number of bands in their clique like Rushmore and Fireworks with verses from “The Oxygen War” like “Ever since you left my side / My body feels like it has died / All thanks to you / This is a war not worth fighting for / You’re not the same anymore / How many times will you fall for these lies we tell to each other.” I love that the lyrics show a need to face the facts of a situation. It’s a healthy approach to dealing with life and pop punk bands have a good handle on it.
We Still Have Paris are hopeful that their music will catch on and allow them to break through into larger markets, but for now, their EP is geared for fans in their adolescent stage and attendees of the Warped Tour. We Still Have Paris give fans a peak into some progressive rock boarding with “Being Your Ghost,” but if there is more where that comes from is yet to be determined. However, the band does reveal on their MySpace blog that the natural herb Echinacea really does work, so they are open to expanding their thinking and trying out new ideas and maybe that will filter into their music to break them out of a cookie cutter pop punk sound.