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Mr. Doug McLean

Wrong Doug McLean?
 
Background

Employment History

  • Singer
    The Paperbacks Dot Com
  • The Bonaduces
  • Singer and Guitarist
21 Total References
Web References
Killbeat Music | The Paperbacks
www.killbeatmusic.com, 12 Jan 2010 [cached]
Singer/guitarist Doug McLean, whose previous groups (beloved pop-punkers The Bonaduces and the more politically-oriented Painted Thin) had dissolved almost simultaneously in 2000, founded The Paperbacks with members of both those projects: bassist Jaret McNabb, drummer Jack Jonasson and guitarist Mike McKenzie.
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It was a step into slightly unknown territory; though the signature lyrical style of McLean remained, the harder, sloppier edges of both the previous bands had been shed to create a more delicate sound, putting greater emphasis on harmonies and layered arrangements.
The Paperbacks Dot Com
www.thepaperbacks.com, 19 April 2006 [cached]
Doug McLean, formerly of The Bonaduces, writes some of the purest and truest lyrics and finds a way to deliver them with wholehearted conviction.
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When "I Suffer This Like a Dream" opens the album with the sweet vocals of Doug McLean, sporadic guitar chords and a single clicking drum accompaniment, you get excited.
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This is somewhere between those bands, and so of course it comes as no surprise that Doug McLean, the singer of the PAPERBACKS, was in PAINTED THIN.
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This Winnipeg pop/rock band (not to be confused with Chicago's much heavier Paperbacks; see my review below) is led by Doug McLean, a sensitive, deep-thinking songwriter.His lyrics read more like unusually descriptive journal entries or poems, ruminating on life's complex, awkward situations and typically unspoken thoughts/feelings with frightening clarity and insight.In fact, reading the lyrics sheet alone is enough to shake one up, making the listener almost feel guilty for eavesdropping on such highly personal scenes!You wouldn't think this would translate well to music, but the band complements the word with full-bodied, melodic guitar pop, and McLean's sugar-sweet vocals are very communicative and endearing.Maybe he tends to overanalyze too much, or comes off sounding too verbose, but it's probable we've all shared some of these experiences at one time or another.A fascinating and challenging LP.
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Fronted by Doug McLean, formerly of Painted Thin and The Bonaduces, The Paperbacks lack the overabundance of youthful energy that these previous bands had, but make up for it in beautiful songwriting.
McLean's voice is instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with The Bonaduces; on An Episode Of Sparrows however, his vocals are not as whiny or abrasive as they sometimes were in this previous band.Complementary backing vocals help to smooth out the melodies on most of the songs.Bonaduces fans will also find more familiarity here, as bassist Jaret McNabb and drummer Jack Jonasson join McLean once again, along with Tanya Zubert (The Mandarins) and Jason Churko (Transister Sound & Lighting Co.).
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Doug McLean, singer and guitarist, might be a familiar name for you for he used to do the same things that he does now for a band called Painted Thin earlier.And this band, maybe because of the same hometown Winnipeg, is friends with the Weakerthans.And why do I tell you this?Well, because the Weakerthans are a good reference.The music on "An Episode Of Sparrows" is very polite but moving, arranged lovingly but meagrely and produced on a digital eight-track recorder, and not least Doug has a charismatic voice similar to the one of John K. Samson.
Lance attended Whakatane ...
www.gisborneherald.co.nz, 20 Dec 2013 [cached]
Lance attended Whakatane Intermediate School and was described by his principal Doug McLean as a boy who stood out for the right reasons.
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“He was one of those kids who was prepared to give anything a go,†Mr McLean said.
“I had him in the sevens side this year and he gave it everything.
“Another thing that made him stand out was when you talked to him, he gave you his 100 percent attention and would always look you in the eye.â€
Mr McLean said receiving the phone call had been the worst kind of shock.
Parliament of Trees › The Paperbacks - Lit From Within (2010)
parliamentoftrees.virb.com [cached]
Theirs may be one of the most purely listenable sounds I've come across, essentially, but what truly enriches their music remains McLean's lyrics. " - Pop Matters
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"I think we should already give singer-guitarist Doug McLean some sort of lifetime achievement award for writing well-crafted, literate, urgent indie rock songs that stick with you for days.
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The Paperbacks are: Doug McLean (vocals, guitars), Jaret McNabb (bass, keyboards, percussion, glockenspiel), Kevin Anderchuk (guitars, vocals), Kevin McLean (keyboards, vocals) and Corey Biluk (drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals). Additional musicians: Andrew Filyk (guitars), Mike Koop (guitars), Rosalyn Dennett (violin), Alison DeGroot (clawhammer banjo), Ian Larue (vocals) and Jahmeel Russell (vocals).
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Douglas James McLean.
They control the pace with slowed ...
www.douglasjamesmclean.com, 19 Feb 2009 [cached]
They control the pace with slowed down organ laced ballads like In The Absence Of Notable Guests (the interplay between Doug and the female vocalist is terrific) and more driving rock songs like Rattled By Failure.
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Doug McLean, formerly of The Bonaduces, writes some of the purest and truest lyrics and finds a way to deliver them with wholehearted conviction.
...
When "I Suffer This Like a Dream" opens the album with the sweet vocals of Doug McLean, sporadic guitar chords and a single clicking drum accompaniment, you get excited.
...
This is somewhere between those bands, and so of course it comes as no surprise that Doug McLean, the singer of the PAPERBACKS, was in PAINTED THIN.
...
This Winnipeg pop/rock band (not to be confused with Chicago's much heavier Paperbacks; see my review below) is led by Doug McLean, a sensitive, deep-thinking songwriter. His lyrics read more like unusually descriptive journal entries or poems, ruminating on life's complex, awkward situations and typically unspoken thoughts/feelings with frightening clarity and insight. In fact, reading the lyrics sheet alone is enough to shake one up, making the listener almost feel guilty for eavesdropping on such highly personal scenes! You wouldn't think this would translate well to music, but the band complements the word with full-bodied, melodic guitar pop, and McLean's sugar-sweet vocals are very communicative and endearing. Maybe he tends to overanalyze too much, or comes off sounding too verbose, but it's probable we've all shared some of these experiences at one time or another. A fascinating and challenging LP.
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Fronted by Doug McLean, formerly of Painted Thin and The Bonaduces, The Paperbacks lack the overabundance of youthful energy that these previous bands had, but make up for it in beautiful songwriting.
McLean's voice is instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with The Bonaduces; on An Episode Of Sparrows however, his vocals are not as whiny or abrasive as they sometimes were in this previous band. Complementary backing vocals help to smooth out the melodies on most of the songs. Bonaduces fans will also find more familiarity here, as bassist Jaret McNabb and drummer Jack Jonasson join McLean once again, along with Tanya Zubert (The Mandarins) and Jason Churko (Transister Sound & Lighting Co.).
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Doug McLean, singer and guitarist, might be a familiar name for you for he used to do the same things that he does now for a band called Painted Thin earlier. And this band, maybe because of the same hometown Winnipeg, is friends with the Weakerthans. And why do I tell you this? Well, because the Weakerthans are a good reference. The music on "An Episode Of Sparrows" is very polite but moving, arranged lovingly but meagrely and produced on a digital eight-track recorder, and not least Doug has a charismatic voice similar to the one of John K. Samson.
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