Bands typically break up after college. People move away, grow apart, or just shrivel up and get jobs.
It was good while it lasted, right? But what happens when the music is so good, the band’s listeners so devout, the ambition to keep creating so strong that even the time-draining power of day jobs can’t get in the way? Such is the story of Faded Paper Figures, whose “day jobs” are not exactly easy gigs: Heather Alden is a practicing doctor of Family Medicine, R. John Williams is a full-time professor of English at Yale (just published his first book and currently working on his second), and Kael Alden composes music for a production company in Los Angeles called Robot Repair (his music appearing in films, TV shows, video games, and ads). Despite all this, the band has continued to churn out music in the wee hours of the night, whenever life's distractions give way for moments of inspiration since 2007.