Papas Fritas is a trio from Boston led by singer/guitarist
Tony Goddess. They debuted with
the single Friday Night (Sunday Driver, 1994).
The album Papas Fritas (Minty Fresh, 1995) better defined the band's
personality at the border between power-pop, folk-rock and noise-rock
Bouncy and catchy melodic hooks propel
Lame To Be, TV Movies, Possibilities, while
humble arrangements enhance the warm and tender feeling. The
chamber lied of Passion Play and the
eight-minute long Radio Days add depth to the joyful naivete of the
Helioself (Minty Fresh, 1997) is a far more professional and studied
effort. Songs like
Just To See You, We've Got All Night,
Hey Hey You Say and Captain Of The City are carefully
engineered, multitracked products that compete with
Apples In Stereo's cheesy ditties.
But drummer Shivika Ashtana steals the show in Sing About Me, half
way between the Supremes and the Go-Go's.
The growing influence of Fleetwood Mac's soft-rock marrs
Buildings And Grounds (Minty Fresh, 2000), a bombastic (for their
standards) shot at the charts with slower, minor-key ballads like
I Believe In Fate
crooned by Goddess as in a male imitation of Stevie Nicks.
Donna Coppola on keyboards and Chris Colthart on guitar help expand
the sound towards a more atmospheric ambience.
Ashtana shines in the trip-hoppy centerpieces:
People Say, Far From An Answer and It's Over Now.
Vertical Lives and What I Am Supposed To Do are the last
vestiges of their old power-pop style.
Way You Walk, Another Day, Girl and
Questions are catchy, naive, romantic ditties.
Closer Lost in a Dream best summarizes the duo's philosophy.
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