The Paper Cranes

The Paper Cranes

 Victoria, British Columbia, CAN
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The Paper Cranes are a young husband and wife indie-pop duo who write melodic pop songs that are thoughtful, upbeat and diabolically catchy.

Biography

The Paper Cranes are a husband and wife indie-pop duo from Victoria, British Columbia whose specialty is crafting infectiously melodic pop songs with heart-wrenching lyrics that make you want to dance until you pass out and cry into your pillow at the very same time. The domestic duo is comprised of multi-instrumentalist, Ryan McCullagh and his wife, Miranda Roach.

In the 4 years that The Paper Cranes have been active they have supported bands like Pretty Girls Make Graves, Wolf Parade, Islands, and The Walkmen amongst many others and have been showcased at Pop Montreal as well as Toronto's North by Northeast Music Festival. Their single, " I'll Love You Until My Veins Explode" was given a four star rating by Pitchforkmedia.com and the CBC named them one of the 10 bands to watch in 2008 alongside Crystal Castles and Tokyo Police Club. Their 2008 full-length album, Halcyon Days, has enjoyed a considerable run on college radio charts and songs from the album have been featured prominently in episodes of the Comedy Network series, House Party. Their song, "Rabbit in a Snare" has also been featured in a Nissan television commercial.

On their latest offering, Chivalry's Dead the Paper Cranes are once again doing what they do best--writing captivating pop songs that are nearly impossible to get out of your head, however, this time around there is a new level of depth to the songs. The Cranes experiment with a myriad of differing styles from eerie psychedelic waltzes to orchestral post-punk to rollicking northern soul to effervescent synth pop to create an album that is diverse, musically complex, lyrically poignant, and endlessly listenable.

Lyrics

I'll Love You Until My Veins Explode

Written By: Ryan McCullagh

we've got hearts like broken glass. making angels out of ash
while we stare up at the sun
and suck the clouds into our lungs.

and i'll think of times like these
as i wander down the street
in a nameless part of town
past houses emptied of your sound.

and i know you'll write to me
about all the things you'll see
in the cities
of the old christian empire.
in the absence of advice
don't think you haven't got me right. you've got me right.

you've got wooden bones
you trojan horse.
i let your soldiers in my fort.
when you burned my cities down you left your salt all in my ground.

like st. sebastian on a tree
i've got your arrows stuck in me.
it hurts too much to pull them out
so i'll cut holes into my coat.

it's like the books i didn't read. made up the ends through summary.
it's like a film seen through a crack too small to see the players act.

1000 paper cranes for you.
you cut my paper heart in two.
and though you left me in the cold i'll love you until my veins explode.

Telephone

Written By: The Paper Cranes

Weep, weep, widows weep
For all your lovers lost in their mausoleum deep.
Rheumatic fingers trace their names
In fog of breath on frosted window panes.

But there's no nostalgia here.
There's only dust and bones,
And shouting from the telephones.
And a body's mutiny.

It's simple when you're not around.
I drag my feet through the days like a convalescent.
Pale as a baptismal gown.
Suffocate on the smoke of this factory town.

You don't even know if you want me.
I don't need an answer, so don't answer
You don't even know if you want me.
So just hold your breath 'til I'm out of the picture.

Peeling church bells sound a dirge
While our poor provincial hearts keep pumping water through our arms
And the secrets that we keep, the secrets that we keep
Weave a funeral wreath.

But there's no nostalgia here.
There's only dust and bones,
And shouting from the telephones.
And a body's mutiny.

It's simple when you're not around.
I drag my feet through the days like a convalescent.
Pale as a baptismal gown.
Suffocate on the smoke of this factory town.

You don't even know if you want me.
I don't need an answer, so don't answer
You don't even know if you want me.
So just hold your breath 'til I'm out of the picture.

Discography

Veins Ep.
Unfamiliar Records
Released: 03.04.06

I'll Love You Until My Veins Explode
7" Single
Longest Mile Records (UK)
Released 03.07

Halcyon Days LP
Unfamiliar Records
Released 03.11.08

Chivalry's Dead
Unfamiliar Records
Released 08.18.09

Set List

Milkrun
Rabbit in a Snare
I'll Love You Until My Veins Explode
Middle Class Guilt
Cobwebs
Applecore Manticore
Hundred Years War
Chivalry's Dead
Telephone
Black Centipedes
Occidental Accidents
Thorazine Shuffle

Our sets are usually 1 Hr Long