The Paper Scissors have gone from party band du jour, off the back of We Don’t Walk and Yamanote Line from their 2007 debut Less Talk More Paper Scissors, to now being one of the solid forces in Australian music. The Sydney based lads built a snowball from their live shows and high rotation radio play on Triple J and community radio, as well as a leg up from high profile spots on TV ads and major network shows. They toured relentlessly, with headline spots of their own and major festivals such as Falls, Playground Weekender and Southbound.
In 2009 they went quiet for a while. They had their heads down writing their second album, with a couple of one off singles- Howl and T-T-Time which hinted at their shifts and progress.
They have just finished putting the finishing touches on In Loving Memory Of. Almost five years on from their inception, the album is a fresh approach to indie music (a term the band hate) and is a welcome light on the horizon, full of expansive ideas and sonic experimentation, but always with hooks and melodies that cement themselves in your head. The album sees Jai Pyne, Ivan Lisyak and Xavier Naughton come together after past lineup changes to be the true representation of the bands potential, with drummer Ivan Lisyak moving behind the production boards with singer and main songwriter Pyne building a new sound for the band that looks forward whilst still paying homage to great songwriters and producers from all genres.
They have recently been named as finalists in The International Songwriting Competition, an American initiative which includes judges such as Frank Black and Robert Smith, and the band have just inked a deal with the New York publisher Dramatico Entertainment (Sarah Blasko, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, Carla Bruni), expanding their reach internationally.
In Loving Memory Of is full of songs about love and death, but it still takes root in the bands background in grooves and fat as hell bass lines, putting big melodies and atmospheric guitars on top. Singer Jai Pyne has found the home for his voice, with a deeper more comfortable tone that arcs from earnest to desperate and angry.
Edited by ourfirstlabel on 7 Jun 2010, 07:37
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