For Jake Briscoe, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Missouri-based rock band The Paperclips, music is much more than just playing notes and singing. The Band performed last Friday night at Beer:30, 402 Merchant St.
“Music means everything because music can tell stories that you could not speak,” Briscoe said. “Emotion is something that is told through body language, but even more accurately, through music.”
But for The Paperclips, performing is also a method of self-expression.
“You can put on a song that you love at any point in your life and it can make you feel better or it can make you feel terrible,” said Jason Richards, bass guitar and backing vocals. “You associate music with certain people in certain moments, it’s a stronger, more sensual memory than smell…we are not talkers, but through music, we can communicate with each other and always know what the other one is saying.”
Briscoe said the Paperclips first performed at Beer:30 while on tour with John Henry and the Engine.
“We fell into it,” Briscoe said. “It was a good opportunity at the right time and since then we have had a good relationship with Josh Olsen (owner) and everyone at Beer:30. We have been here several times and it is always a blast.”
Zack Daniel, bartender, said The Paperclips usually “put on a great show,” for the bar’s patrons.
“They have a good following, and people like to come watch them play,” Daniel said. “The band has a good time and everyone has a good time watching them.”
The band originally formed for a talent show at the University of Central Missouri and decided to continue performing from there, according to Briscoe.
“We did fairly well in the talent show, we got third place, but the most important thing is we had a blast doing it,” Briscoe said. “We were all stage musicians but we had not played collectively in a band since high school and then we had an opportunity to play together and we enjoyed it, stuck with it and kept trying different things and it eventually lead to this line-up.”
The Paperclips were inspired by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones, according to drummer, Chris Evans. Briscoe classified the band as heavy blues-metal.
“I love listening to the Paperclips every time they come around – it’s a great show,” said Austin Schopper, senior English secondary and physical education major. “They bring a lot of energy, they have good sound and they are a great band to listen to live…The Paperclips re-guide my interest in live music.”
The Paperclips said they plan to perform again at Beer:30 and in the Emporia area, but currently there is no specific date or time set.
“Whatever comes up and sounds good at the time, we will do,” Briscoe said.