Duluth’s Paper Parlor took the stage at The Aquarium in Fargo, ND on Sunday night.
With an EP dropping this Friday, the band is out on a small trek around the Midwest, rounding it up with a few more dates including Minnesota, Illonis and Iowa.
Fargo local soul rockers, Stovepipes opened the night. I’ve seen this group many times and they never have a dull show. Whether they are playing to a packed house or five people, they always perform at a hundred percent. They always appear to be having the time of their lives on stage, and that vivacity is infectious to the whole room. If you haven’t had a chance to catch them yet, they have a handful of dates this summer and I highly suggest you get to one!
Paper Parlor was loaded with an array of talent and instruments, from a bongo drum to a saxophone. Their sound had all of the musical elements of jazz, with a splash of grungy edginess. Each musician had a role in their unique vibe, and each played off of the other perfectly like a well oiled machine. I personally really enjoyed their dynamic, my only disappointment was the lack of electricity in their performance. It felt as though something was missing personality wise, which didn’t match their music. With something as upbeat and fun as a genre like psychedelic blues, you would expect an energetic stage presence. That being said, Sunday nights are hit or miss for attendance and the lack there of could have unfortunately toned down the band’s enthusiasm, so I wouldn’t entirely judge them based on those facts. I would love to see them play again, somewhere with a larger crowd.They have an eccentric style and I could easily imagine any other show of theirs having a full dance floor. I would recommend stopping by for their set if you are in the area of any of their upcoming shows!