Paper Crowns Explodes Out of the Gate with ‘Are You Listening’

Are you ready for something that feels familiar but is, at the same time, entirely brand new?

Of course you are. That’s why you’re here. So, let us be the ones to introduce you to Paper Crowns, the hot-off-the-press rock and roll solo project of singer-songwriter Mike Bay.

Bay debuted the project today with the release of “Are You Listening,” the first single from the project’s self-titled debut record, which is set for release this September. The muscular new tune — a prime cut of American rock and roll, in our estimation — bursts out of the gate from the start, calling to mind the maverick spirit of the legendary Tom Petty, layered with a simmering angst sure to appeal to fans of artists ranging from Social Distortion to The Gaslight Anthem.

Lyrically, a definitive heartland storytelling sensibility recalls the wonder and confusion of youth on “Are You Listening,” as Paper Crowns reaches into the past for a sense of what it meant to feel fully alive through the rough-and-tumble magic of self-discovery.

You’ll feel the magic all over again when you discover “Are You Listening.” Stream it below!

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