No tissue tigers by any means, Paper Lions cranks out fast, pissed-off little songs that buzz around like angry hornets on the loose. Crunchier and more aggressive than its fellow Athens, Georgia, bands, Paper Lions' debut, The Symptom and the Sick, buries some distinctly memorable melodies underneath all that yelling and pounding. Produced by ex-Sugar bassist David Barbe, Symptom takes aim at America's fucked-up politics, picking off targets with plenty of guitar and glee, making for a powerful listen, even if it takes itself too seriously at times. Regardless, tracks like "Seek and Descend" seethe with paralyzing venom and angular pop hooks, with Paper Lions' youth and vigor pointing to what should be a highly explosive live show. The band performs with Of Montreal at 10 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Churchill's Hideaway, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-757-1807.
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