Tired of all that First Wave synthpop? That ol‘ Kraftwerk CD run its course? Then you’re in luck, my friends as the waveform-manipulators known as Faded Paper Figures are plugging in their drum machines and tape loops in Pomona this Friday. Sure, we know you dig Belle and Sebastian and The Postal Service (who doesn’t?), but this band’s garnered quite a following on college radio and its 2008 album, Dynamo, featured a track (“Being There”) that won Best Song of the Year for the UC Irvine Songwriting Contest. Last year, the gods of the OC Music Awards saw fit to deem them Best Electronic Live Band. Kudos, FPF! Though the group is currently bi-coastal (one member works on the East Coast while the other two have set up shop in L.A.), the group continues to write and record—the new full-length New Medium was released this past May—and book live shows. Faded Paper Figures are currently in the midst of a tour that’ll swing them through SoCal—including The Glass House tomorrow—San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Utah. Yes, Utah. And while the band may not necessarily end up being as popular as Beck (check out the band’s website under News to see what I’m talkin‘ about—good luck on making one album a year for a century, guys!), Faded Paper Figures might just retire your dog-eared copy of Trans-Europe Express and prompt you to start programming beats into your Sony VAIO laptop.
Faded Paper Figures w/We Landed on the Moon, Honeypie at The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us, www.fadedpaperfigures. Fri, July 30. 8PM. $10. All ages.