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Preview: Paper Arrows EP Release Party at Martyrs', 12/8

Paper Arrows had a modestly successful 2012. They inked a deal with Madison, Wisc.-based Slothtrop Records and pressed a compilation album of their favorite tracks off of the band's first three albuma. But they're not quite done with this year yet.

Recently, the local group put out a seven-track EP titled Days of Getting By and will celebrate its release with a headlining show at Martyrs on Saturday, Dec. 8.

It's hard to describe Paper Arrows as "indie" given the lofi garage rock sound that's typically associated with the label. If there's one thing that this group does consistently it's produce incredibly well produced and polished albums. This EP is no different.

It's also hard to label this band as "rock" music as they typically take a softer approach to their music, one that could rival any current Top 40 ballad.

The fact that you can't put a definitive label on Paper Arrows isn't a bad thing. It just makes them more versatile, more susceptible to a wide array of music fans. The poppy, acoustic backbone of Days of Getting By's opener "Tell the Kids" is warm enough to fend off any case of the winter blues while the EP's title track sounds more like a lullaby than anything else.

Expect to hear many of these new jams at Paper Arrows' show at Maryrs' this Saturday (Dec. 8). This show has a 21 and up age limit. Tickets are just $8. Openers Vintage Blue and Kerosene Stars kick off the night at 9 p.m.

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