|By SHANNON VENEGAS - Special to TimeOut||
September 5, 2013
WAUKESHA - Paper
Lake rocks a sound of its own on the Kids from Waukesha stage at All™!
Chocolat at this week’s Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night Live.
The band is
composed of four Waukesha West High School seniors with a talent for
writing and making music. Hannah Johnson, drummer and vocalist, and
Stephanie Glyzewski, lead vocalist and keyboardist, have been playing
together since middle school. Paper Lake also includes bassist Devon
Maliszewski and guitarist Cannen Stanley.
Paper Lake got its
start when Johnson and Glyzewski decided to put together a band for
Waukesha West’s Musicians United for Charity show. After they won,
they decided to keep going and picked up more gigs.
The band got its
name from their style of practicing. Johnson and Glyzewski said when
they practice, each member will have his or her own sheet music spread
out on the floor, creating a spread of paper - thus, Paper Lake.
describes Paper Lake’s music as an alternative blend between all of
the different band members’ musical interests.
basically alternative,” Glyzewski said. “We do a lot of different
styles within that genre of music. It’s got like an Indie
alternative vibe to it. And a little bit of funk infusion. It’s like
the combination of when you bring together jazz, punk and then for me
personally, I like more of the soothing music.”
The band plays
mostly cover songs with a few originals mixed in. Some of their cover
hits include “Feel Good Inc” by Gorillaz, The Dear Hunter’s
“Whisper,” “Royals” by Lorde and “Youth” by Daughter.
Paper Lake also
has a selection of original songs. Typically, the guys will write the
music and the girls write the lyrics. One of the girls’ favorite
originals is “The Way He Walks,” which they described as one of
their more “provocative” songs with a “jazzy, funky” feel to
“You know when
you see a guy who’s just really smooth, and there’s just something
in the way he walks that shows his confidence,” Johnson said.
“It’s kind of about the swag walk.”
first with the piano at a young age, but her mother, a piano teacher,
noticed her excellent rhythm and had her try the drums in the fourth
grade. She played center snare for her drum line and eventually
started playing the drum set. Johnson plays in a jazz combo at the
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and has picked up the jazz trumpet, as
Glyzewski has been
playing piano since third grade and became heavily involved in her
church’s music. Glyzewski is in charge of music for the high school
ministry at her church.
something we’ve always loved,” Glyzewski said. “Our friendship
has grown out of that.”
Both girls are
planning to study music in college and maybe make it a part of their
professional lives by, for example, being in charge of a church’s
music program. For them, it’s not about performing or being famous.
“We just like
making music,” Johnson said. “We are definitely music makers
before performers. We just like being together and playing off each