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PAPA Ignites Early Outside Lands Crowd

Less than a year ago, Los Angeles-based PAPA released an EP titled A Good Woman is Hard to Find, drawing buzz from the southern California scenesters.

Now, with the opportunity to play summer festivals and a cross-country tour scheduled this fall, it might be about time for the Darren Weiss- and Danny Presant-led band to start recording new tunes.

Apparently, that’s been the case. Appearing at the Twin Peaks stage at this year’s Outside Lands Festival on Friday, PAPA tossed a few of their fresh tracks into their 45-minute set.

Still, PAPA had several well-known – at least by this early-day audience – tracks ready to begin the show.

Their first offering was “Let’s Make You Pregnant,” which calls to mind a classic doo-wop groove.

“Ain’t It So,” which was just recently given the music video treatment, was a follow-up as the sun began to burn through the San Francisco morning fog hanging around Golden Gate Park.

And “The Collector” was especially angry, which is a good thing. Just hearing the percussive breakdown into chaos at the end is reminiscent of a Civil War battle cry.

Each of those came from Good Woman and drew favorable reactions, getting the crowd moving early in the day.

But there were some Easter eggs, as well, most-notably a new track titled “Young Rut,” which should appear on their forthcoming full-length album.

PAPA’s closer was a song that put them on the map, “I Am the Lion King,” which devolves into a glorious dance party that Weiss himself dropped in on, as he came out from his drum kit and slapped high-fives with the first row of fans.

It was PAPA’s first of three shows on Friday, and this after playing a pre-Outside Lands event Thursday night with Of Monsters and Men.

The guys were also scheduled to perform sets at the AT&T Lounge and Stub Hub Tent.

Judging by their following as one of Outside Lands’ first shows, the more shows the better.

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