Paper Holland began when long-time friends, Joe Tomcheck and Andy Kosanke, began writing music together in Summer 2008. With no other band members or deadlines, the two took their time creating songs that would eventually become their full-length debut album, Happy Belated (self-released, January 2013). Mark Yencheske (bass) and Brian Szymanski (drums) were added to the lineup in time for the album's release, which Brian had recorded drums on and co-produced.
"Happy Belated is indie pop at its purest. From start to finish, this album has a distinct coolness to it, while every track is capable of getting stuck in your head at some point."
- Allen Halas, Breaking and Entering
Soon after the release show, Paper Holland performed at the 2013 Eastside-Music-Tour and Summerfest. The band was awarded Band of the Month (Music-Go-Round, Feb 2013) and Band of the Week (Breaking and Entering, Oct 2013). Later in the year, the band also won Radio Milwaukee's 2013 Album Artwork of the Year award.
Drummer Ted Powers, a Washington native, replaced Brian in September 2013.
The current lineup has been creating new material and performing frequently around Milwaukee. After a headlining spot on 2014's Eastside-Music-Tour and a trip to Austin, TX. for SXSW, the band is planning to record and release new music in Summer 2014.