Paper Mice
  • Courtesy Three One G
  • Paper Mice

On Friday at the Burlington, local math-pop trio Paper Mice will be playing their last show with bassist Adam McCormack, who is heading out west with his family to be closer to his parents in LA. Drummer John Carroll tells me that this won’t be the end of the band, though. “(Guitarist) Dave (Reminick) and I are looking for a replacement,” he says, “although its not gonna be easy. Adam is a one-of-a-kind bud and bassist.” Paper Mice isn’t the sort of band that just anyone can jump into, with all three members operating with virtuoso-level skill, packing their quick songs with complex arrangements, head-spinning starts and stops, and mind-boggling polyrhythms—all while retaining a strong poppy edge. Last year’s The Funny Papers, which came out on Three One G, was one of 2012’s most entertaining and interesting local releases. Of finding a new bass player, Carroll says, “whoever it is will probably change the sound of the band somewhat, but Dave and I are excited to keep it going.” I’m excited to see what these guys do next as well, since the band constantly blows my mind. Friday’s show is a send-off celebration for McCormack. Weirdo local pop act Mines and Mucca Pazza accordionist Ronnie Kuller open the show.