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Paradise / Press

“The second album from Portland psych group Paradise is set to be released on April 22nd and is called 'Soldiers Of The Modern Age'. The cover comes adorned with masonic and illuminati symbols, so we're assuming they want to take over the world. They might not be mainstream enough for that, but the classic blues/psych/garage of 'Born and Bound' has won us over.”

“[ORGAN GRIND] While Soldiers of the Modern Age, the second full-length from Portland combo Paradise, arrives ready for battle, the quartet's notion of modernity decidedly centers on "mod"—note the lush cover of Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men." But the hard-charging, backward-leaning, Farfisa-fueled grooves are pushed ever so slightly from ’60s garage by frontman Steven Denakis' punky Richard Hell-scapes. Local shoegaze troupe the Upsidedown, now counting Go Fever's Tony Hilsmeier among its psych-blues swirl, opens with its first show since last fall. JAY HORTON.”

“Paradise have released a new album (their second) called Soldiers Of The Modern Age (Luvvers Club) and if you’re a fan of bands who do not see a boundary between blistering rock and gentle pop melodies, you’re going to love this collection of songs. I immediately thought of a band like Pixies, who have always done it well, and Paradise are the kind of group suitable for any situation, whether it’s being completely sarcastic or ironic in their lyrics while reserving the gentle and sensitive for the right time. They switch vocalists throughout, so you’re not drawn to one specific voice, and the variations are pleasing to the ear and thus mind. It may sound like fun songs at first, and they all are, but there’s a hit to be found within the tracks, and not a hit to sell soft drinks (although I’m sure they are capable of pulling that off too). There’s something there and I’m hearing it, now it’s a matter of time before everyone discovers that “it” factor.”

“While Diary of an Old Soul is an invigorating collection of rough-and-ready rock, its inspired follow-up, Soldiers of the Modern Age, is a marvel: raw yet thoughtful, painfully honest, cohesive, and most importantly, it rocks like Gibraltar. “Every song on the album is about something in my life or a story my [parents] told me,” Denekas states emphatically. The album opens with a cute doodle on the recorder and segues into “Born and Bound,” a full-tilt ripper about growing up in a small town and being made to follow small-town rules where Denekas yelps, “All these kids are gonna push unless you fight.” From there, the young protagonist learns hard lessons about love, trust and picking his battles, while standing up to the forces of conformity and routine. READ MORE....”

“Taking influence from psychedelic rock bands of the '60s like the Kinks, the Monks, ? and the Mysterians, 13th Floor Elevators and, of course, the Rolling Stones, Paradise have nearly perfected the vintage sound that once ruled the radio stations almost five decades ago. Their sophomore album, Soldiers of the Modern Age, which was recorded in two days in Portland, Oregon's Magic Closet, is a rock and roll coming of age story (specifically singer Steven Denekas' story) about growing up in the Bible Belt of America. He provides a soundtrack for anyone who feels like they don't belong in the culture that they're trapped in. READ MORE:”

“The garage-rockers of Paradise have studied their Nuggets anthologies carefully. The local group's buzzing, Farfisa-driven, amphetamine pop is firmly in the vein of the Chocolate Watchband and the 13th Floor Elevators, and they've even included a cover of Status Quo's classic "Pictures of Matchstick Men" on their second album, Soldiers of the Modern Age, for good measure. Tonight's the release party for Soldiers, a worthy platter of high-energy party punk beamed straight from an alternate-dimension 1960s. There's scarcely a weak track here, and tunes like "Just a Dream" boast ambitious songwriting within a familiar template that Paradise have managed to make sound fully vital and current. Amazingly, the album was recorded in a scant two days, so just think what they can do to your brain in the space of a 45-minute set.”

“Portland, Ore.'s Paradise doesn't just embrace the classic, '60s garage-rock sound; on "Born and Bound," the band grabs it by the throat and shakes loose all the economic and emotional desperation lurking beneath the messy surface.”

“Paradise have prepped their second album, Soldiers of the Modern Age, and it's another collection of Farfisa-driven garage rock. Here's "Born and Bound," a fervent '60s-style pebble (nugget, rubble, what have you) that builds to an acid-rock Age-of-Aquarius sing-along bridge before returning to a verse/chorus that would make the Chocolate Watchband proud. Paradise release Soldier of the Modern Age on April 22 via Teen Sound Records, and they play a record release show on Saturday, May 3 at the Doug Fir.”

“Teen Sound Records will be responsible for the mayhem when Portland’s Paradise release a new album on April 22nd called Soldiers Of The Modern Age. These troopers are going to go crazy and so will fans, if “Born And Bound” is proof. It has a nice mid-60′s flair with a binch of bluesiness that made a out British bands proud to fly over the Atlantic.”

“Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering Paradise’s cut “Born and Bound”.”

“In Portland, Oregon, not a day goes by without someone asking someone else “are you a mod or a rocker?” Some of the answers include: 1) I like pork 2) The sandwiches over at St. John are quite nice 3) There’s no wi-fi at the Grotto 4) Ground Kontrol has some good machines In the case of Paradise, you might expect for them to reply “we’re rockers” but they might be too humble to say so. However, they are, and “Humans & Stars” is a video shot with super 8mm cameras. The video was recently premiered on IFC and now you’re able to see all of their garage rock glory here.”

“ Is this buoyant Portland band at the forefront of a mod revival? When I'm not watching television, drinking beer, or some combination of the two, I play in a couple bands around these parts. I was lucky enough to be on a bill with Paradise at Holocene last summer and I sincerely believe this Portland-by-way-of-Cleveland combo is good for what ails us—hyper-cool, sharp-dressed, dance this mess around mayhem. Enough introspection already!”

“Just one listen to Paradise’s debut album, Diary of an Old Soul, reveals a rock band with a blue-jeaned, whiskey-soaked soul. The Portland, Oregon-based band revels in a retro rock n’ roll aesthetic filled with leather-jacketed vocals, crunchy guitars and a slicked-back Americana vibe. Paradise pulls enthusiastically from the same songbook as the Troggs or Small Faces, adding their own uniquely modern spin to those evergreen tunes with plenty of distortion on their flashy guitar chords and the occasional Farfisa organ mixed into their stripped down rock. The result is loud, brash, energetic and incredibly fun. In the video for “Humans and Stars,” Paradise fully embraces their throwback style, staging a mod revival complete with a pack of scooters and a teenage dream dance party. ””

“ Thoroughly modern, groovy, and rooted in the past Diary Of An Old Soul is a rough and tumble ride through the garage rock underground. Paradise kills it here and rock with a never-ending level of energy that's hard to slow down. These guys are awesome at what they do and they write such brilliant songs that it's almost like hearing a 60's utopian vision for what rock and roll should be. If it's not utopia at least it's paradise. ”

“ This 8 track album is powered along by growling vocals, fantastic farfisa, a strong rhythm section and well crafted songs, sometimes it reminds me of The Seeds and sometimes of more modern bands like The Hives but most importantly it reassures me that there are still bands out there making, great music, fantastic music, brilliant music....kick arse rock 'n' roll! ”

“It’s just fantastic, full of energy and life. Really super catchy organ riff, brilliant punchy guitar work and a fantastic vocal performance full of properly shouty angst. Fabulous. If you don’t at the very least tap your feet to it then there’s something wrong with you. In fact, if you've not got the organ hook stuck in your head after the first listen then there is definitely something not right. It's so infectious! The video is great too, awesome sixties feel to it and the guys have just the right balance of nerd and sexiness going on. It’s boisterous and full of heart – sort of a bit like seeing the sixties coming back into full view again. There’s a nice mix of psychedelia in there too.”

“Need to get the new bands thing rolling again, so big thanks to Tamar Berk for flagging up a band out of Portland, Oregon, going by the name of Paradise. Actually, she’s a member of that band. Tamar is the keyboard player in the image above and the video below, which features a track off the band’s recently-released full-length album, Diary of an Old Soul. That album is available in ‘solid’ formats in the US (see here) or you can get it as a download from the UK Amazon site. You can sample the album on that download link, which should give you an idea of what to expect overall. In short, old school ’60s garage. But do check out the full-length track below, album opener and title track Diary Of An Old Soul. ”

“Paradise maintains a 60′s psychedelic aesthetic and rhythm that complements their rambunctious new wave inspired sound. Paradise are Portland’s current “home-town-heros” and “Diary of an Old Soul” objectively proves why. Download and get ready to joyously explode because this mp3 is nothin’ but fun!”

“Diary of an Old Soul, the debut from Portland band Paradise, is a jackbooted, blue-jeaned rock 'n' roll record, with plenty of distorted organ and crunchy guitar. Their debut video is a straight-up homage to the Small Faces, and they've got a bit of ? and the Mysterians in their jumpy, nervy garage. Diary of an Old Soul is a very good debut indeed, and it sees a release on 12-inch vinyl tonight at what should be a very mod kind of party—be prepared to shake it Shindig-style. ”

“This shakin’ 60s-inspired combo features keyboardist Tamar Berk from the similarly inclined Portland group, the Pynnacles, and like that powerhouse ensemble, the members of Paradise pledge allegiance to the flag of organ-driven garage rock punctuated with snarling, snotty vocals and a no-nonsense approach to songwriting.”

John Chandler - Portland Monthly

“This appropriately titled black-and-white clip from throwback garage soulsters Paradise is modeled after this Small Faces promo video. Somehow, it rocks nearly as hard. The band's new album, also titled Diary of an Old Soul, drops March 20. ”

“We are more than chuffed to be offering up the first viewing of Paradise’s new video for Diary Of An Old Soul, the title track and one of the highlights from their inspired album of vintage garage rock that hits stores soon. We first streamed the song last month describing it then as ‘authentically primal, so reverential in its steady blues chug and psych-pop overcoat that is should come with a “If found, please return to the 60s” sticker.‘ Thankfully the video more than does the song justice, reverentially based as it is on a Small Faces video shoot from 1968 for the wonderful Tin Soldier. ”

“Part garage, part psych pop and all pure energy, Diary of An Old Soul is a collection of catchy, 60s fuzz-soaked fully-formed jams that explode out of speakers. Propelled by a rowdy and infectious enthusiasm and driven by an unhinged howl and chuggingly clever Farfisa lines, check out the video and grab the title track off their upcoming LP Diary of An Old Soul, out on March 20”

“The Track "Diary of an Old Soul" is sleazy and boisterous, and kind of reminds me of the Rolling Stones and the Kinks, if they played under the influence of psychedelic drugs.”

“For Paradise and the song “Everybody Be Damned,” the band spins through less than three minutes of raw power and broken glass, all constrained in a world where the Kinks were leading the orgy. The song is taut while being edgy. And when you hear the words “Everybody Be Damned,” you can feel the middle finger impact your face like a branding iron to your ass. Either way, it will have you up and moving.”

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