PAPER Thin feels like a real band now. While that might appear a curious statement for a band preparing to release it’s second EP and who have been performing live for more than a year, but the Newcastle garage punk four-piece have become truly collaborative.
This week Paper Thin released the single When You Call, the opening song off their forthcoming four-track EP Living With. Being Without, due out on September 13 through Sydney’s Lost Boy Records.
On last year’s self-titled debut the songs were mostly written before Paper Thin’s formation, but singer-guitarist Spencer Scott explains Living With. Being Without was a convergence of ideas.
“This one was based around people coming into band practice with half a song, a riff or an idea and working on it together,” Scott said.
“It’s a lot more focused because it’s four different opinions on one thing, rather than if I write a song in my bedroom and it’s only on me to decide if it’s good or not.
“I think it gives us an opportunity to work with structures, because we’re not trying to adapt our instruments to a skeleton that’s already there.”
The new-found collaboration is obvious on When You Call, which features guest vocalist Grace Turner. After a slow build, the chorus soars with harmonies and a blast of distortion.
Delta Riggs’ drummer Mat Taylor produced the EP in his Paterson granny flat and the rural setting assisted the recording.
“It’s not close to home, so it puts you in frame of mind away from the other responsibilities in your life, so you really focus on what you’re creating,” Scott said.
Paper Thin launch When You Call on Friday at the Cambridge Hotel when they support Introvert and on August 16 at the Hamilton Station Hotel.
YOU can’t keep a good man down. And you definitely can’t prevent Newcastle-bred producer Jamieson Shaw from churning out musical projects.
Shaw received rave reviews for his work as music editor on Baz Luhrmann’s TV series, The Get Down, despite Netflix cancelling expensive flop after one season.
The cancellation hasn’t affected Shaw’s stocks. He is working on Luhrmann’s next film project and with widely-regarded choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega, who have previously collaborated with The Backstreet Boys, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin and The Spice Girls.
Shaw has also found time to record two original songs with fellow Novocastrian Georgie Jones. The tracks Dream of Me and Stay Awake were released last week and are a hypnotic mix of indie, down-beat electronica and baroque pop.
“It's been great, since the end of The Get Down - which was so all encompassing - to have time to go back to making music for the sake of it as well,” Shaw said.
“It's interesting though how much film work has impacted my writing for pop music. Dream of Me and Stay Awake, for example, are actually two spins on the same essential theme.
“One is bright and major, and the other is quite dark and minor. It's sort of about that strange space you get your mind into when you haven't slept for a really long time.”
UNFORTUNATELY suicide and music seem to be intrinsically linked. Just this year alone music fans have mourned the lost Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park).
A group of Newcastle musicians are getting together next Thursday at the Cambridge Hotel to shine a light on suicide and depression awareness.
Loud Love will feature the music of grunge luminaries Cornell, Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) and Layne Staley (Alice In Chains) performed by Paul Coxon, Ross Flynn, Chris Hamall, Ken Jewell, Chris Lloyd, Justin Ngariki, Lee Rolfe, Kane Starkey and Amy Visser.
All profits will be donated to Lifeline Hunter Central Coast. Lifeline 13 11 14.
THE controversial Supercars battleground that is Newcastle’s East End is shown off in it’s gritty suburban glory in Bravo Victor’s latest video For All His Flaws.
It’s another wonderfully emotional song written by the jazz-pop duo of Sophie Aked (vocals) and Jono Burgess (bass).
Aked sounds bewitching as she declares in the chorus that “I can make you love me”, while Burgess’ innovative bass lines deliver a moody presence.
SPEAKING of Novocastrian duos, arguably the city’s most famous musical partnership, Leroy MacQueen and Kat Friend of the Gooch Palms, are returning home for a show at the Cambridge Hotel on September 13.
The Spring Break Tour kicks off on October 5 at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel, after the garage punks complete recording album No.3.
It should be a wild night at the Cambridge Hotel with the provocative These New South Whales also performing on September 13 in the warehouse room.