Seattle is a cornucopia of musical talent, especially in the rock genre so it’s no surprise that a band like Walking Papers would emerge from the Emerald City. Featuring bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season), as well as singer-guitarist Jeff Angell and keyboardist Benjamin Anderson (both of the band the Missionary Position), the members of Walking Papers have impressive resumes, to say the least.

After being issued independently late last year, Walking Papers' self-titled debut album is getting a full-on release via Loud & Proud Records on Aug. 6. The disc has been mixed by veteran knob-twiddler Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana).

In anticipation of the disc's release, Walking Papers are teaming up with Loudwire to exclusively premiere the lyric video for the lead single ‘The Whole World’s Watching' (watch below). And as if their lineup wasn’t already stacked in their favor, ‘The Whole World’s Watching’ also features a guest appearance by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who lent his talents to a few songs on the disc to help out his friends.

The lyric video for ‘The Whole World’s Watching’ is set to an ominous black and white backdrop reflecting a barrage of harrowing scenes from riots and social inequality to greed and poverty, as the evocative lyrics ring out through Angell’s voice: "Change occurs / When the pain of doing the same thing /  Is worse than /  The fear of change. /  Isn’t it strange the change ain’t happening."

“It’s with great pleasure that we are share the debut of ‘The Whole World's Watching’ lyric video with our friends at Loudwire," says Walking Papers singer-guitarist Jeff Angell. "As for the song, it was inspired by people around the world who have the courage to stand up for their beliefs and make their voices heard. We hope that ‘The Whole World's Watching’ shows our support for them and encourages others to follow their lead.”

With a swanky beat and vintage guitar riffs capped off by a sick solo mid-song courtesy of McCready, ‘The Whole World’s Watching’ blazes a trail of blues infused, down and dirty, ass-kicking rock, led by Angell’s commanding vocals.

In addition to their debut disc, Walking Papers have a busy summer lined up. They’ll be joining Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction on the 2013 Uproar Festival set to kick off on Aug. 9 in Scranton, Pa.

Walking Papers, 'The Whole World's Watching' - Lyric Video [Premiere]

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