To quote Miss Spears, I did it again. I went to see the same band twice in a row. The reason is obvious. Walking Papers rock. So, let me get into this.
As an 80s/90s kid, I obviously lived my teenage years to two very different tunes. One was Guns n Roses. The other the Seattle scene. Hearing that The Missionary Position’s Jeff Angell and Ben Anderson teamed up with GnR legend Duff McKagan and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin got my attention. Obviously.
Show number one took place in Saarbruecken’s Garage. Supported by Welsh rock n rollers Buffalo Summer, Walking Papers really made it one to remember. The combination of no-frills rock with intense vocal performances and off-the-charts musicianship is a given with these four. But what really sets them apart is the amount of zenned-out joy they exude throughout their extremely versatile set. I love it when people love what they do. It just makes me love it more. Plus, Walking Papers, and Jeff Angell in particular, have one skill that makes all the difference: storytelling. Those beautifully penned plots move through the music and spark the imagination. Similar to a really good movie, it turns into something that you can easily immerse yourself into over and over again. Which I did in Frankfurt’s Nachtleben on June 20.
On a sidenote, I also read Duff McKagan’s book before going to show number one. Great storytelling here as well. I can only recommend it.
Walking Papers are:
Jefferson Angell – vocals/guitar
Duff McKagan – bass
Benjamin Anderson – keyboards/backing vocals
Barrett Martin – drums