After four-plus years and one EP, chamber-pop quartet Paper Dolls is calling it quits. "The project has been very close to my heart, and it's bittersweet to see it end," keyboardist/singer Jenn Malzone writes in an email (she politely declined a follow-up interview). "However, I feel the band is in a natural ending place, and that we are ready to move on."
Malzone started Paper Dolls in the autumn of 2007 and cellist Cathie Degler joined shortly afterward. In 2009, bassist Brad Vaughn and drummer Sarah Ross came aboard to complete the final incarnation of the band. This lineup recorded last year's Sparks EP, the group's only official release.
Paper Dolls is survived by a plethora of projects featuring its ex members. The band's breakup announcement details them; the statements from the band and Malzone follow:
Paper Dolls official statement:
After many wonderful years of playing music in St. Louis, Paper Dolls regretfully announces our decision to call it quits. We would like to thank our fans for their gracious support over the years, as well as the amazing local venues that have hosted us. Though this is the end of Paper Dolls, it is nowhere near the end for us as musicians. Keyboardist Jenn Malzone can be seen playing in power pop group Tight Pants Syndrome, and, along with bassist Brad Vaughn, she recently released a debut full-length album with pop trio Middle Class Fashion. Vaughn has also been filling in on drums for the Union Electric, and will be going on a short tour with them in March. Drummer Sarah Ross will continue rocking as fifty percent of the Jump Starts, who just began recording their highly-anticipated second album. Cellist Cathie Degler plans to continue her education in grad school, but will not be far from the St. Louis music world."
The project has been very close to my heart, and it's bittersweet to see it end. However, I feel the band is in a natural ending place, and that we are ready to move on. I am lucky to have had the experience of playing music with my talented band mates, who have also become close friends. Paper Dolls was a great opportunity for each of us to individually develop our own musical styles. We all have good opportunities on the horizon.