The Paranoid Style is a sprawling garage-punk-pop outfit built around singer and songwriter Elizabeth Nelson, who counts the T. Rex, the Mekons, and Elvis Costello among her influences. Her articulate vocal delivery is fitting for a band named after historian Richard J. Hofstadter's 1964 essay "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." Nelson and her husband Timothy Bracy of the Mendoza Line lead a fluctuating lineup, sometimes numbering over a dozen players.
The Purposes of Music in General in 2013. Later that year, Misra released the EP on cassette alongside another EP, The Power of Our Proven System. A third EP, Rock & Roll Just Can’t Recall, followed in 2015. The band's full-length debut, Rolling Disclosure, arrived on Bar/None in the summer of 2016 and included a cover of Wreckless Eric's "Duvet Fever."