Friends since their childhood in Encino, drummer/vocalist Darren Weiss (formerly of Girls) and bassist Danny Presant formed PAPA while still college students in New York City. Now based back home, the duo released their debut full-length Tender Madness (Loma Vista) last year replete with heartland rock anthems rooted in blues-pop (a la Cold War Kids, The Killers‘ Sam’s Town).
The band recently leaked the cut track “I’m So Sorry” which beautifully highlights Weiss’ baritone vibrato voice through a more somber vibe:
And to prove their songs were truly made to be experienced live, the duo recently released the live EP Tender Madness Sessions for free. Here’s a video of them performing “Put Me To Work” mostly at the El Rey Theatre:
And here’s their spring tour dates: