The second track off Paper Brain's second album, Ain't Nobody Cares
, takes no time to start up. Mike Wroblewski's slightly off-key (in a good way) voice lead the song from the very beginning, as he sings, “It's a dead, dead, dying town/ Ain't nobody's gonna be around/ I know, it's all because we were young,” with soft drums, tambourine, bass and keys daintily following behind.
After this short intro, Paper Brain keys in the guitar and cranks up the levels on the instrumentation, placing them on a level playing field with Wroblewski's folky vocals. About halfway into the two-and-a-half-minute long track comes a harmonica solo—a necessity in any good indie-pop song.
The short track ends in a completely different way than it started; while it begins with the sound of his voice, the finale sees Wroblewski's vocals cut out, leaving us with a quaint 20 seconds of guitar and keyboard harmonization. “Dead, Dead, Dying Town,” is a good example of what to expect on the rest of the album—good old indie-pop—though Worblewski trades off vocal duties with his sister, Jeni, on a few of the tracks.
Paper Brain plays Saturday, March 21 at Kelly's Olympian. Can't make that? No worries, the quartet also plays Monday, March 30 at Holocene.
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