Paco Is Desperate! is emerging as one of the best young talents from the Toledo, Ohio’s rising Emo/Indie music scene. The outfit’s new single, ‘Margaret’ is a gorgeously layered, earnest ballad about the abuse that can come within relationships. “The concept of Margaret is that she is this personification, this sort of spiritual manifestation of the evil within a narcissistic lover,” explains vocalist and songwriter Ashlee Ryan Nunley, “She kind of represents this darkness or cloud that follows you even after you get out of an emotionally abusive relationship.”
The song, Paco Is Desperate’s strongest outing to date, was originally written not long after the band’s first record, Unraveled, was released in 2019. The band was including it in their set lists live before the pandemic and it was a clear fan favorite. “We always got a great response to the song, which encouraged us to record it as a single.”
‘Margaret’ was recorded and produced by Michael Jones of Bike Rack Records in Toledo. Paco is Desperate! is hopeful it will show how much the band has grown and how bright the future is for them. “Of everything we’ve recorded so far, I’m most proud of this song because it’s representative of how far we’ve come as a band, and the songwriting I think is really strong.” Nunley says, “I think there’s something about it that will really resonate with people.”
Along with the single, the band has released a lyric video, which has amassed over 8,000 views in less than a week on Facebook :
Paco Is Desperate! is a four piece post-hardcore/emo outfit from Toledo, OH. Originally conceived as the solo project of its frontman in 2014, Paco has evolved from lofi bedroom acoustic recorded on an eight track, to one of the Midwest’s most exciting young up and coming rock bands.
From the outset, PID! was founded on the principle that despite whatever financial or practical obstacles that might get in the way, nothing would stop the project from pursuing a career built on utilizing a special gift for songwriting to tell genuine, impactful stories – both as a means of personal therapy, as well as uniting like minded individuals around hyper personal lyricism and super intimate live performances.
After a four year run as a solo act, in 2018 the first full band lineup was established. Over the next year, after several lineup changes and ups and downs, PID! released it’s first studio album Unraveled on September 13th, 2019, establishing a permanent four man lineup in early 2020 with Ashlee Nunley (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Cole Below (backing vocals, lead guitar), Daniel Sitler (backing vocals, bass) and Logan Swarthout (drums). In March of 2020, the band would release a split EP with fellow Toledo upstarts Brown Maple, further pushing them into the regional spotlight.
Now managed by Handguns singer Taylor Eby, PID! is currently working on new music amidst the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, eager to debut a more mature, developed sound under the guidance of Eby as well as embark on their first national tour once it is safe to do so again. For now, though, the sky is the limit for the Ohio band – having gained a sizable following and garnering attention for their outlandish and humorous online presence, Paco Is Desperate! will be a band you hear about for years to come.