Formed in a small town in South Dakota, a state not widely recognized for its contributions to the world of music, Paradise Fears has set out with a unique mission: tell a real story. "We wanted to write songs that matter," says lead singer Sam Miller. "Simple as that." Now a 6-piece, 10-instrument rock outfit, they began as 6 high school friends, their first recordings paid for by their full time jobs at grocery stores and sandwich shops. After two years of touring and two albums, the band is still evolving and perfecting their unique brand of theatrical alternative pop, infusing orchestral soundscapes and even spoken word, their central tenant as remained the same: honest lyrics and "songs that matter."