The most interesting moments on Paper Flowers’ nine tracks of genial rock are the spots where frontman Andrew Hanna’s exceedingly careful, assiduously metronomic songwriting loosens up, letting through some needed verve and allowing the band’s soul and country influences to peek out. On “Burnside Bridge,” for example, an electric guitar emerges from the song’s chug-along rhythm for a thrilling but brief solo. “Guillotine” is sharpest when the track’s steady two-step stumbles momentarily into a noisy dervish. And on “Broadway Bridge,” the highlight is a woozy, almost-psychedelic guitar passage that is also, unfortunately, fleeting.
The band has room for
improvement in other areas: While singer Lilly Maher proves her vocal
chops on the jazzy “Wishes,” hitting some thrilling, growling lows,
Hanna’s voice wants for force and range. Mostly, though, MADC’s just
gotta let its freak flag fly. And the young group, still finding its
footing, has time for that—its autumn’s far from here.
SEE IT: My Autumn’s Done Come plays Langano Lounge, 1435 SE Hawthorne Blvd., on Friday, Dec. 16. 9 pm. Free. 21+.