Walking Papers upped the sonic ante with their aptly dubbed second album WP2, released earlier this year from Loud & Proud Records. Once again deploying the in-sync production handiwork of mixmasters Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, Mudhoney) and Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age), and Justin Smith (War Paint, Eagles of Death Metal, The Ravonettes, Queens of the Stone Age).
WP2 builds on the promising template of the bandʼs self-titled 2013 debut, which Classic Rock Magazine called "a masterpiece of mood and tension," and Rolling Stone Magazine echoed "dark, alternately sensual and sinister." WP2 brings the band into their wholly ascendant second phase with aurally galvanizing statements like the savage, swaggering backbeat of "Death on the Lips," the anthemic buildup of "Red & White," and the delicate yet forceful declarative shuffle of "Donʼt Owe Me Nothinʼ." Walking Papers elevates Angellʼs signature character studies in songs like the explosive "Somebody Else" where he croons: "Outside the cityʼs waiting / for a chance to prove me wrong / Sheʼs trying to talk me into doing something stupid and doesnʼt seem to take her very long." "I live vicariously through the characters in our songs." Angell explains "Itʼs healthier for both society and myself that way." "A song can say in three verses what takes a novel 300 pages to say by what it leaves to the listenerʼs imagination," Angell concludes,
With WP2, Walking Papers have inked an indelible sonic contract that guarantees your ears will gladly come back for more.