Paperhaus – “Cairo” (Stereogum Premiere)

Washington, D.C. indie-rockers Paperhaus are heavily involved in their local scene: They run a wild DIY show space (also called Paperhaus), and this past weekend they threw a festival called In It Together. That said, they’re getting out of the city soon, starting with a concert in cozy Athens, Ohio (try the seasonal burrito at Casa Nueva, guys) and continuing throughout the Midwest and South, including a stop at Hopscotch. To herald their travels, they’ve sent a new single called “Cairo” ahead of them. It’s one of those songs that starts out atmospheric and whispery but inevitably explodes — a propulsive and high-flying dose of guitar rock buoyed by traces of post-punk, krautrock, and prog. (Note: They describe themselves as “Psychedelic Kraut-pop” on Twitter.) Like Paperhaus themselves, this song never stops charging forward. Listen below.

Paperhaus will release an LP this January. In the meantime, catch them on tour:

8/28 Athens, OH @ Casa Nueva
8/30 Chicago, IL @ Burlington
9/2 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
9/3 Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
9/4 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival (The Hive @ Busy Bee)
9/7 Greensboro, NC @ TYP House
9/9 Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
9/10 Athens, GA @ Green Room
9/11 Blacksburg, VA @ Casablanca
9/12 Baltimore, MD @ Holy Underground
9/13 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong

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