A last dance at the end of days, Paradise are a four-piece noir drama of shimmering 50’s style guitars and lyrics both sacred and profane. Taut like Lee Marvin, Paradise aim to take you with them as the world comes crashing down in an artfully produced midnight ride that merges the current with the classic. Influences include The Bad Seeds, Roy Orbison and Suicide and their own disaffected perfection. Paradise were conceived in the best and worst of times when Madrugada’s former front man, Sivert Høyem, paired up with lead guitarist Rob McVey, who has previous form with Marianne Faithfull. A little mystery should always envelop the late night lounge of band formations. Bassist Simone Marie shimmied in with a seasoned resume that includes James Williamson & Primal Scream. It seems appropriate that the doyenne of rock n’ roll, Marianne Faithfull, should introduce drummer, Rob Ellis, to the fold as if passing the baton to the rightful heirs of rock n’ roll redeemed.
A debut E.P, ‘Yellow’, produced by John Agnello of Sonic Youth acclaim, provides an enticing introduction. The E.P is a cynical cornucopia of hard-bitten realism, propelled by a back-beat of epic proportions, the insolent, self-assured guitars taking you back to where rock n’ roll began whilst Simone Marie’s haunting backing vocals shadow Sivert’s man of the world crooning. Atmospheric, terse yet triumphant, Paradise are a presence to be reckoned with as the E.P attests, each compelling track as diverse as the seasons. From ‘Crying’ a gorgeously chilling, world’s end lament, to the looming panic driven ‘Headwound’ which conveys the lash and the yoke on the back of everymanwoman. ‘ Goodbye 21st Century’ is a charmingly upbeat ‘this wasn’t how it was supposed to be’ reverie whilst the yearning, moreish ‘Humiliation’ lays its heart on life’s altar. Songs for low-down lovers and weary wantons, ‘Yellow’ is both a cautionary tale and a myth in the making. Paradise will not go quietly.
- “We want our band to be shameless and magnificent.”
- “A survival mechanism to help me cope with all the political shit.”
-“Exploring the darkness, beauty and vulgarities of life with a tongue in cheek decadence. Paradise is a place where anything goes.”
- “A luxuriant, dirty, flamboyant and visceral escape.”
Paradise´ debut single "Goodbye 21st Century" was released on September 29th 2017.
The 4-track debut EP "Yellow" was released on October 27th 2017.