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Nov
14
The Paper Kites @ Mercury Lounge

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Nov
11
The Paper Kites @ Johnny Brenda's

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Nov
09
The Paper Kites @ Brighton Music Hall

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Nov
08
The Paper Kites @ Il Motore

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Nov
07
The Paper Kites @ Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nov
05
The Paper Kites @ Schubas Tavern

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nov
03
The Paper Kites @ 7th Street Entry

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Nov
02
The Paper Kites @ The Park Theater

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Nov
01
The Paper Kites @ Amigos

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Oct
30
The Paper Kites @ SAIT - The Gateway

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Oct
29
The Paper Kites @ The Starlite Room

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Oct
28
The Paper Kites @ Spirit Bar

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Oct
26
The Paper Kites @ The Habitat

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Oct
24
The Paper Kites @ Biltmore Cabaret

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Oct
23
The Paper Kites @ Lucky Bar

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Oct
22
The Paper Kites @ Tractor Tavern

Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle, Washington, USA

Oct
21
The Paper Kites @ Mississippi Studios

Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA

Oct
18
The Paper Kites @ The Den at Fox Theater

Oakland, California, USA

Oakland, California, USA

Oct
17
The Paper Kites @ Club Nokia

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Oct
16
The Paper Kites @ Club Nokia

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Oct
14
The Paper Kites @ House of Blues San Diego

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

Oct
12
The Paper Kites @ House of Blues Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Oct
11
The Paper Kites @ The Marquee Theater

Tempe, Arizona, USA

Tempe, Arizona, USA

Oct
10
The Paper Kites @ The Rialto Theatre

Tucson, Arizona, USA

Tucson, Arizona, USA

Oct
08
The Paper Kites @ Granada Theater

Dallas, Texas, USA

Dallas, Texas, USA

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The Paper Kites brand new EP Young North is positively glorious.

It opens with “A Maker Of My Time” – a song about being responsible for the decisions we make, and furthermore, living with those decisions. The song drips with emotion and honesty. In fact, the entire EP does – it overflows with this delicate and beautiful energy. It sweeps you up and holds you gently.

There is an underlying sadness in the five tracks. This is especially true of “Leopold Street”. It is a beautiful story – a couple meet, they fall for one another, are married ‘in July in a church on a hill’, raise children in the home ‘he’ builds for her – a home with a colourful backyard. But the sadness kicks in around the chorus, with the lyrics and question ‘Who do I be, what do I see now, with my sweet love gone?’ She is laid to rest on a Sunday afternoon and he is left alone. It’s enough to break your heart.

There are certain levels to sadness, though and Young North falls under the ‘beautifully sad’ category. These five songs just do something to you. It’s like love, or hope, or understanding – you can’t physically touch it; can’t hold it out in front of you but it’s there. This feeling exists and it takes your breath away. That’s what Young North is like. Breath taking.

The sounds and sentences sung work perfectly together. There is complete unison. They aren’t just songs.

The folky country vibe comes through on “When Our Legs Grew Tall.” This is slightly more upbeat and will surely please live crowds. You can’t exactly dance to it, but you could definitely get a bit of a sway going. The idea of our lives growing ‘small’ when our legs ‘grow tall’ is an interesting one – everything is so much easier and so much more exciting when we’re children. Our lives are huge then – everything is huge. The Paper Kites sure know how to make you think, reflect and wonder.

“Paint” is a wordy, thought provoking, honest, beautiful song. The delicate energy shines through, especially in the chorus, ‘I only eat to fill me up, I only sleep to rest, I need a love you just like you gave, I haven’t found it yet, found it yet.’ That honesty is admirable – being able to open up like that . . . it makes this EP even more special. And the actual music? Well, it’s beautiful, too. The lyrics compliment each instrument being played, and vice versa. The five band members are given a chance to showcase their talent but at the same time, there is an overwhelming sense of unity.

“Kiss The Grass” is a perfect ending to such a wonderful EP. The imagery on this particular song is really lovely. You can almost see the colours – the ‘sweet orange sky’, and you can imagine the ‘sweet golden air.’ It’s like you’re laying in a huge open field, watching the light fade. Again, that sense of warmth kicks in and there’s a hint of melancholy, as well…but that feeling of being in a gentle embrace is stronger than the sadness.

It’s amazing – The Paper Kites are yet to release a full-length album but they already have a huge following and enormous support. If this EP is anything to go by, then this beautiful five-piece from Melbourne are destined for absolute greatness. Make sure you get your hands on a copy of Young North. It is more than worth it. - The Ripe


The Paper Kites brand new EP Young North is positively glorious.

It opens with “A Maker Of My Time” – a song about being responsible for the decisions we make, and furthermore, living with those decisions. The song drips with emotion and honesty. In fact, the entire EP does – it overflows with this delicate and beautiful energy. It sweeps you up and holds you gently.

There is an underlying sadness in the five tracks. This is especially true of “Leopold Street”. It is a beautiful story – a couple meet, they fall for one another, are married ‘in July in a church on a hill’, raise children in the home ‘he’ builds for her – a home with a colourful backyard. But the sadness kicks in around the chorus, with the lyrics and question ‘Who do I be, what do I see now, with my sweet love gone?’ She is laid to rest on a Sunday afternoon and he is left alone. It’s enough to break your heart.

There are certain levels to sadness, though and Young North falls under the ‘beautifully sad’ category. These five songs just do something to you. It’s like love, or hope, or understanding – you can’t physically touch it; can’t hold it out in front of you but it’s there. This feeling exists and it takes your breath away. That’s what Young North is like. Breath taking.

The sounds and sentences sung work perfectly together. There is complete unison. They aren’t just songs.

The folky country vibe comes through on “When Our Legs Grew Tall.” This is slightly more upbeat and will surely please live crowds. You can’t exactly dance to it, but you could definitely get a bit of a sway going. The idea of our lives growing ‘small’ when our legs ‘grow tall’ is an interesting one – everything is so much easier and so much more exciting when we’re children. Our lives are huge then – everything is huge. The Paper Kites sure know how to make you think, reflect and wonder.

“Paint” is a wordy, thought provoking, honest, beautiful song. The delicate energy shines through, especially in the chorus, ‘I only eat to fill me up, I only sleep to rest, I need a love you just like you gave, I haven’t found it yet, found it yet.’ That honesty is admirable – being able to open up like that . . . it makes this EP even more special. And the actual music? Well, it’s beautiful, too. The lyrics compliment each instrument being played, and vice versa. The five band members are given a chance to showcase their talent but at the same time, there is an overwhelming sense of unity.

“Kiss The Grass” is a perfect ending to such a wonderful EP. The imagery on this particular song is really lovely. You can almost see the colours – the ‘sweet orange sky’, and you can imagine the ‘sweet golden air.’ It’s like you’re laying in a huge open field, watching the light fade. Again, that sense of warmth kicks in and there’s a hint of melancholy, as well…but that feeling of being in a gentle embrace is stronger than the sadness.

It’s amazing – The Paper Kites are yet to release a full-length album but they already have a huge following and enormous support. If this EP is anything to go by, then this beautiful five-piece from Melbourne are destined for absolute greatness. Make sure you get your hands on a copy of Young North. It is more than worth it. - The Ripe


Melbourne-based five-piece indie crew The Paper Kites have announced plans to kick things up a gear with a new single, their debut full length on the way and a rather large Australian tour also on the horizon.

Having won over thousands of fans with their two previous EPs, the band will now be putting their focus towards debut album States, having just dropped first single St Clarity as well as a list of tour dates that will leave you short of breath just reading.

St Clarity is the perfect introduction to the vivid textures and thick imagery the band will incorporate into their debut LP, and demonstrates their level of professionalism – they really do mean business. The clip for St Clarity (below) was overseen by two-time ARIA winning director Natasha Pincus, who you may know from such underground clips as, oh, say Gotye’s Somebody That I Use To Know.

Through word of mouth and excellent releases, the band’s fan base has grown exponentially, and it’s to these swelling crowds that The Paper Kites will be returning as they embark on a 10-date national tour kicking off in Newcastle. Already, the band have some snazzy feathers in their cap in the form of high-profile support slots for the likes of Josh Pike and Boy & Bear.

Also worthy of note is the fact that City And Colour have selected The Paper Kites as main support for their upcoming US tour. No biggie. There’s clearly something to see here.

Tickets to all shows are on sale now. - Music Feeds


Melbourne-based five-piece indie crew The Paper Kites have announced plans to kick things up a gear with a new single, their debut full length on the way and a rather large Australian tour also on the horizon.

Having won over thousands of fans with their two previous EPs, the band will now be putting their focus towards debut album States, having just dropped first single St Clarity as well as a list of tour dates that will leave you short of breath just reading.

St Clarity is the perfect introduction to the vivid textures and thick imagery the band will incorporate into their debut LP, and demonstrates their level of professionalism – they really do mean business. The clip for St Clarity (below) was overseen by two-time ARIA winning director Natasha Pincus, who you may know from such underground clips as, oh, say Gotye’s Somebody That I Use To Know.

Through word of mouth and excellent releases, the band’s fan base has grown exponentially, and it’s to these swelling crowds that The Paper Kites will be returning as they embark on a 10-date national tour kicking off in Newcastle. Already, the band have some snazzy feathers in their cap in the form of high-profile support slots for the likes of Josh Pike and Boy & Bear.

Also worthy of note is the fact that City And Colour have selected The Paper Kites as main support for their upcoming US tour. No biggie. There’s clearly something to see here.

Tickets to all shows are on sale now. - Music Feeds


Driving down an empty road at night is one of our favourite things to do when our head is feeling fuzzy and we need a big splash of wind in our face. Next time you feel the need for a night time wander, maybe take a copy of Melbourne band The Paper Kite's EP with you. It's called Young North and it's the perfect thing to purge all of the badness from you body with their dulcet voices.

They're about to embark on a mah-ssive national tour next month that goes all the way til the start of November. If you want to head along, all of the details are on their website, or have a peep on their facebook page for more goodness until then.

The video clip for their new single fills us to the brim with hopeful optimism. It represents one of those days when the only way to get the weight of the world off your shoulders is to dance it off.

- Frankie Magazine


Driving down an empty road at night is one of our favourite things to do when our head is feeling fuzzy and we need a big splash of wind in our face. Next time you feel the need for a night time wander, maybe take a copy of Melbourne band The Paper Kite's EP with you. It's called Young North and it's the perfect thing to purge all of the badness from you body with their dulcet voices.

They're about to embark on a mah-ssive national tour next month that goes all the way til the start of November. If you want to head along, all of the details are on their website, or have a peep on their facebook page for more goodness until then.

The video clip for their new single fills us to the brim with hopeful optimism. It represents one of those days when the only way to get the weight of the world off your shoulders is to dance it off.

- Frankie Magazine


You may have caught them as the pleasant alternative act at Bombay Bicycle Club, Josh Pyke or Boy & Bear a few years ago, or you may have had the pleasure to have seen them on their first national tour. THE PAPER KITES are back and have announced their newest single ‘St Clarity’ along with a plethora of dates to accompany their Australian wide venture- one of which takes place in Fly by Night on the 21st of September.
This extensive touring coupled with the success of their tunes ‘Bloom’, ‘Featherstone’ and ‘A Maker Of My Time’ has seen their live following skyrocket. Throw over six million YouTube views and the band’s memorable live performances in to the mix and they’re now looking at a whole new level of demand with their Spring tour set to be their biggest dates yet. Then straight after the Aussie tour, the band will be jetting over to the US to perform their first shows on American turf, playing the main support for City And Colour.

The highly anticipated album ‘States’ rests its whimsical and undoubtedly gentle melodies on the horizon- looking to be released in August 2013, best to celebrate it’s release in style come the 21st of September! - Spaceship News


You may have caught them as the pleasant alternative act at Bombay Bicycle Club, Josh Pyke or Boy & Bear a few years ago, or you may have had the pleasure to have seen them on their first national tour. THE PAPER KITES are back and have announced their newest single ‘St Clarity’ along with a plethora of dates to accompany their Australian wide venture- one of which takes place in Fly by Night on the 21st of September.
This extensive touring coupled with the success of their tunes ‘Bloom’, ‘Featherstone’ and ‘A Maker Of My Time’ has seen their live following skyrocket. Throw over six million YouTube views and the band’s memorable live performances in to the mix and they’re now looking at a whole new level of demand with their Spring tour set to be their biggest dates yet. Then straight after the Aussie tour, the band will be jetting over to the US to perform their first shows on American turf, playing the main support for City And Colour.

The highly anticipated album ‘States’ rests its whimsical and undoubtedly gentle melodies on the horizon- looking to be released in August 2013, best to celebrate it’s release in style come the 21st of September! - Spaceship News


The Paper Kites are three-quarters of the way through their latest tour when we catch up with Josh Bentley of Melbourne-based quintet, with only the Victorian shows left to play. The last point is one that seems to make him incredibly happy. “This has been our biggest tour so far and the first one that we’ve headlined and it’s just been so great to get out and tour the EP,” he urges

The five-piece ensemble have only been around for two years and been quick to garner nation-wide attention, heading out on the road to support much-loved acts such as Josh Pyke and more recently, Boy & Bear.

The EP Bentley speaks of is their latest release, Young North. Whilst writing and recording their second release, the band was somewhat unsure of what route this collection was set to take and how it would come to fruition. “We were quite unsure about the production and whether or not it should be something we do ourselves, but after going out on the road and making connections with people, we realised it was going to work for us and we ended up creating something really great because of it,” says Bentley.

The result is a succinct collection of songs with smatterings of classic pop and folk inflections. That said, the band’s sound is still very much finding its feet.

While success has come quickly, it hasn’t come without hard work. “Time management is a huge part of our success," Bentley laughs. "We all work part-time jobs and have families and lives outside of this that can make things a little bit tricky, but we’re really lucky. The only time it’s not great is when we finish a gig and have to do the load out. Sometimes we play in clubs or bars and when we finish the night is just taking off, so it can be pretty hard to carry your drum kit through a packed crowd of people pushing up against you and wanting to dance."

Bentley is quick to mention the support and almost mentor-like role that aforementioned musicians Boy & Bear and Josh Pyke have played in their development. “It’s helped us so much as a band. From hearing different things every night, to talking about what you do and don’t do as a band and in your careers and to hear their opinions has been so important to us. Even down to the people you meet and the connections you make on the road; being with them really did help set us up for this EP and this tour.

“This tour has been really overwhelming compared to [previous tours],” admits Bentley. “It’s just so humbling and in a way overwhelming to get to a venue and realise that all of those people are there to see you, not the other band that is coming on later. That is something that we're still coming to grips with and is a pretty amazing feeling to experience.”
- The Broadsheet


The Paper Kites are three-quarters of the way through their latest tour when we catch up with Josh Bentley of Melbourne-based quintet, with only the Victorian shows left to play. The last point is one that seems to make him incredibly happy. “This has been our biggest tour so far and the first one that we’ve headlined and it’s just been so great to get out and tour the EP,” he urges

The five-piece ensemble have only been around for two years and been quick to garner nation-wide attention, heading out on the road to support much-loved acts such as Josh Pyke and more recently, Boy & Bear.

The EP Bentley speaks of is their latest release, Young North. Whilst writing and recording their second release, the band was somewhat unsure of what route this collection was set to take and how it would come to fruition. “We were quite unsure about the production and whether or not it should be something we do ourselves, but after going out on the road and making connections with people, we realised it was going to work for us and we ended up creating something really great because of it,” says Bentley.

The result is a succinct collection of songs with smatterings of classic pop and folk inflections. That said, the band’s sound is still very much finding its feet.

While success has come quickly, it hasn’t come without hard work. “Time management is a huge part of our success," Bentley laughs. "We all work part-time jobs and have families and lives outside of this that can make things a little bit tricky, but we’re really lucky. The only time it’s not great is when we finish a gig and have to do the load out. Sometimes we play in clubs or bars and when we finish the night is just taking off, so it can be pretty hard to carry your drum kit through a packed crowd of people pushing up against you and wanting to dance."

Bentley is quick to mention the support and almost mentor-like role that aforementioned musicians Boy & Bear and Josh Pyke have played in their development. “It’s helped us so much as a band. From hearing different things every night, to talking about what you do and don’t do as a band and in your careers and to hear their opinions has been so important to us. Even down to the people you meet and the connections you make on the road; being with them really did help set us up for this EP and this tour.

“This tour has been really overwhelming compared to [previous tours],” admits Bentley. “It’s just so humbling and in a way overwhelming to get to a venue and realise that all of those people are there to see you, not the other band that is coming on later. That is something that we're still coming to grips with and is a pretty amazing feeling to experience.”
- The Broadsheet


THE Paper Kites could be the next Australian band to enjoy a viral video assist on to the world stage with their gorgeous hit-in-waiting Bloom.

The beautifully shot clip with its swoon-worthy romanticism could double as a tourism ad for its stunning bush and rural locations and has clocked up more than one million YouTube views.

Watch the video: Bloom by Paper Kites

It has been picking up more traffic recently, partly due to some extra attention thrown its way by The Voice favourite Lakyn Heperi who posted his cover of it late last year. The song presses all the folk hit buttons: gorgeous melody, lots of acoustic instruments, harmonies and the slam dunk hook, whistling.

Without any radio airplay, they sold out an east coast tour and sold more than 10,000 copies of their Woodland EP, with new music expected in June. - The Daily Telegraph


THE Paper Kites could be the next Australian band to enjoy a viral video assist on to the world stage with their gorgeous hit-in-waiting Bloom.

The beautifully shot clip with its swoon-worthy romanticism could double as a tourism ad for its stunning bush and rural locations and has clocked up more than one million YouTube views.

Watch the video: Bloom by Paper Kites

It has been picking up more traffic recently, partly due to some extra attention thrown its way by The Voice favourite Lakyn Heperi who posted his cover of it late last year. The song presses all the folk hit buttons: gorgeous melody, lots of acoustic instruments, harmonies and the slam dunk hook, whistling.

Without any radio airplay, they sold out an east coast tour and sold more than 10,000 copies of their Woodland EP, with new music expected in June. - The Daily Telegraph


The indie-folk scene in Australia, while rich in diversity and filled with an overwhelming breadth of talent, seems to be overflowing to the point of being unsustainable. We all know the awesome bands that have risen to the top like cream for a whirlwind ride and then bubbled away by the next festival season, never to be heard of again but Melbourne folkies The Paper Kites seem to have tackled this problem head on. They’ve gone viral on the internet (okay, so “viral” gets tossed around a lot but nearly 6.5 million YouTube views indicates that’s no overstatement) and generally introduced themselves to the world and Australia simultaneously. For The Paper Kites they seem to think there’s no need to simply tackle one market at a time.
After signing with Wonderlick Recording and Sony Music in a joint venture as well as Nettwerk in North America, The Paper Kites are launching their debut album, States, into the arms of both those regions but as front man Sam Bentley admits, the album was certainly not a walk in the park. Yeah, people got mad, but they still love each other.

“It actually ended up being a pretty difficult record to make I think. It was the first time we didn’t all agree on the styles. It was really unusual for us because we’re always on the same page so, um, yeah…” Bentley trails off, wanting to openly talk about the creative process but also quite clearly not wanting a few arguments to be misconstrued as some monstrous battle. “There were a lot of heated discussions about the songs that ended up on there,” he finally says continuing. “Even now with the finished product there are still songs that some people are not that stoked with being on there and other people would be upset of they weren’t on there. It’s not that it’s a divided album but I think what happened with this record was that, especially when you’re working with five opinionated people, everyone was in their own musical bubble and had different opinions on what they saw as great music. When you bring an idea into that that doesn’t sit well with their idea then it’s always going to be a recipe for a heated discussion.”

With Bentley the primary songwriter he spent some time holed-up in regional Victoria creating the tracks for States. He laughs at the suggestion that he was able to pull rank as the initial creator of most of the music and assures that the process was democratic, even if slightly hostile. “It’s really difficult because it really is the five of us in the band and everyone’s opinion is respected. But I guess the writer can always say ‘I wrote this song so I get the say’ but we didn’t want to work like that so we discussed it all at length and it really is draining to do it like that,” he says. “Even doing it that way you can never have a result that makes everyone happy.”

Only time will tell whether the choices the band made were the right ones (commercially at least) but when we speak the video for their first single, St. Clarity had hit the internet and the early response looks positive – even if it was mostly the support of friends. “I woke up this morning and I’ve been getting all these text messages from friends about the video so it’s been pretty full on,” he says. “It’s only just beginning to hit really though and it’s going to be a busy few months.”

It’s something the band are used to though, and despite the fact they’ve had a song on Grey’s Anatomy, consistent plays on YouTube and were recently personally invited by Dallas Green to join City & Colour on their US tour, Bentley still feels like their success has been an organic and slow moving journey. “People were just passing around our stuff and telling their friends about it,” he says. “In this era you might think that internet stuff mightn’t translate anymore but I think in our situation, it really did. We have the digital realm to thank for the rooms that started to fill as we started to play more and more.”

But was this a case of genuine word of mouth taking them offshore or did things like the Grey’s appearance spur on the internet momentum? “I think the views were there first,” he says. “It wasn’t a case of ‘oh yeah that song is on that TV show’ and that’s why we got noticed. Because people were talking about us we made our way to the people that make those decisions and because they noticed people were already paying attention to us that’s we got those opportunities. So yeah, we’ve been pretty lucky.”

While Bentley also agrees that the indie-folk scene in Australia is bursting at the seams and apart from getting attention overseas; he believes their approach to songwriting manages to set them apart. “There are definitely a lot of people in the scene and that’s a problem,” he says. “It’s not that we’ve intentionally tried to avoid that but I do think that the industry, particularly in Australia, is very stuck in the idea of what’s hot and what’s not. We try to write stuff that’s not really gonna fit into those categories. I thi - Beat


The indie-folk scene in Australia, while rich in diversity and filled with an overwhelming breadth of talent, seems to be overflowing to the point of being unsustainable. We all know the awesome bands that have risen to the top like cream for a whirlwind ride and then bubbled away by the next festival season, never to be heard of again but Melbourne folkies The Paper Kites seem to have tackled this problem head on. They’ve gone viral on the internet (okay, so “viral” gets tossed around a lot but nearly 6.5 million YouTube views indicates that’s no overstatement) and generally introduced themselves to the world and Australia simultaneously. For The Paper Kites they seem to think there’s no need to simply tackle one market at a time.
After signing with Wonderlick Recording and Sony Music in a joint venture as well as Nettwerk in North America, The Paper Kites are launching their debut album, States, into the arms of both those regions but as front man Sam Bentley admits, the album was certainly not a walk in the park. Yeah, people got mad, but they still love each other.

“It actually ended up being a pretty difficult record to make I think. It was the first time we didn’t all agree on the styles. It was really unusual for us because we’re always on the same page so, um, yeah…” Bentley trails off, wanting to openly talk about the creative process but also quite clearly not wanting a few arguments to be misconstrued as some monstrous battle. “There were a lot of heated discussions about the songs that ended up on there,” he finally says continuing. “Even now with the finished product there are still songs that some people are not that stoked with being on there and other people would be upset of they weren’t on there. It’s not that it’s a divided album but I think what happened with this record was that, especially when you’re working with five opinionated people, everyone was in their own musical bubble and had different opinions on what they saw as great music. When you bring an idea into that that doesn’t sit well with their idea then it’s always going to be a recipe for a heated discussion.”

With Bentley the primary songwriter he spent some time holed-up in regional Victoria creating the tracks for States. He laughs at the suggestion that he was able to pull rank as the initial creator of most of the music and assures that the process was democratic, even if slightly hostile. “It’s really difficult because it really is the five of us in the band and everyone’s opinion is respected. But I guess the writer can always say ‘I wrote this song so I get the say’ but we didn’t want to work like that so we discussed it all at length and it really is draining to do it like that,” he says. “Even doing it that way you can never have a result that makes everyone happy.”

Only time will tell whether the choices the band made were the right ones (commercially at least) but when we speak the video for their first single, St. Clarity had hit the internet and the early response looks positive – even if it was mostly the support of friends. “I woke up this morning and I’ve been getting all these text messages from friends about the video so it’s been pretty full on,” he says. “It’s only just beginning to hit really though and it’s going to be a busy few months.”

It’s something the band are used to though, and despite the fact they’ve had a song on Grey’s Anatomy, consistent plays on YouTube and were recently personally invited by Dallas Green to join City & Colour on their US tour, Bentley still feels like their success has been an organic and slow moving journey. “People were just passing around our stuff and telling their friends about it,” he says. “In this era you might think that internet stuff mightn’t translate anymore but I think in our situation, it really did. We have the digital realm to thank for the rooms that started to fill as we started to play more and more.”

But was this a case of genuine word of mouth taking them offshore or did things like the Grey’s appearance spur on the internet momentum? “I think the views were there first,” he says. “It wasn’t a case of ‘oh yeah that song is on that TV show’ and that’s why we got noticed. Because people were talking about us we made our way to the people that make those decisions and because they noticed people were already paying attention to us that’s we got those opportunities. So yeah, we’ve been pretty lucky.”

While Bentley also agrees that the indie-folk scene in Australia is bursting at the seams and apart from getting attention overseas; he believes their approach to songwriting manages to set them apart. “There are definitely a lot of people in the scene and that’s a problem,” he says. “It’s not that we’ve intentionally tried to avoid that but I do think that the industry, particularly in Australia, is very stuck in the idea of what’s hot and what’s not. We try to write stuff that’s not really gonna fit into those categories. I thi - Beat


On the back of two killer EPs, Melbourne indie-folk quintet The Paper Kites are poised to release their debut album later in 2013. 'St Clarity' is the first single, and the video was put together by Natasha Pincus, the woman behind Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know'. Blending soothing harmonies with gentle folk-pop, 'St Clarity' is a positive indication of what to expect in the forthcoming long-player.
The Paper Kites will kick off their national tour to support the release of debut album in August. For more information, head to http://www.thepaperkites.com.au/
'St Clarity' is out now. - The AU Review


On the back of two killer EPs, Melbourne indie-folk quintet The Paper Kites are poised to release their debut album later in 2013. 'St Clarity' is the first single, and the video was put together by Natasha Pincus, the woman behind Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know'. Blending soothing harmonies with gentle folk-pop, 'St Clarity' is a positive indication of what to expect in the forthcoming long-player.
The Paper Kites will kick off their national tour to support the release of debut album in August. For more information, head to http://www.thepaperkites.com.au/
'St Clarity' is out now. - The AU Review


Melbourne's The Paper Kites have accumulated quite the following as a result of their highly successful EPs - now, they're ready to release their debut album in States this August. Their new single, "St Clarity", was just as highly anticipated as the release of the new record, and to celebrate their fine form, The Paper Kites will be touring through August and September! Fans all over the country will be able to check the indie five-piece out as they showcase their new material as well as the hits, so make sure you're there to check it out!
THE PAPER KITES - THE STATES ALBUM TOUR
Tickets on sale now
August 30 - The Small Ballroom, NEWCASTLE
oztix.com.au
August 31 - The Metro, SYDNEY - All Ages
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September 5 - The Soundlounge Theatre, GOLD COAST
soundlounge.com.au // oztix.com.au
September 6 - The HiFi, BRISBANE
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September 7 - The Great Northern, BYRON BAY
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September 15 - The HiFi - MELBOURNE - U18 Matinee
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September 20 - Jive, ADELAIDE
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September 21 - Fly By Night, FREMANTLE
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September 27 - Waratah Hotel, HOBART
oztix.com.au
September 28 - The Forum, MELBOURNE
ticketmaster.com.au - The AU Review


Melbourne's The Paper Kites have accumulated quite the following as a result of their highly successful EPs - now, they're ready to release their debut album in States this August. Their new single, "St Clarity", was just as highly anticipated as the release of the new record, and to celebrate their fine form, The Paper Kites will be touring through August and September! Fans all over the country will be able to check the indie five-piece out as they showcase their new material as well as the hits, so make sure you're there to check it out!
THE PAPER KITES - THE STATES ALBUM TOUR
Tickets on sale now
August 30 - The Small Ballroom, NEWCASTLE
oztix.com.au
August 31 - The Metro, SYDNEY - All Ages
ticketek.com.au
September 5 - The Soundlounge Theatre, GOLD COAST
soundlounge.com.au // oztix.com.au
September 6 - The HiFi, BRISBANE
oztix.com.au
September 7 - The Great Northern, BYRON BAY
oztix.com.au
September 15 - The HiFi - MELBOURNE - U18 Matinee
oztix.com.au
September 20 - Jive, ADELAIDE
moshtix.com.au
September 21 - Fly By Night, FREMANTLE
flybynight.org
September 27 - Waratah Hotel, HOBART
oztix.com.au
September 28 - The Forum, MELBOURNE
ticketmaster.com.au - The AU Review


Melbourne indie folk quintet, the Paper Kites, are celebrating the release of their new single and upcoming debut album with a national headline tour. After the success of their first two EP’s Woodlands and Young North, they’re finally releasing their debut album States, which is slated for a late August release. ‘St Clarity’ is the first single to be lifted from the forthcoming LP and with its lone banjo opener and harmonic melody we’re expecting some pretty good tunes from the album.Following the album tour, the band will be jetting over to the US to perform their first shows on American turf, supporting City And Colour. So who knows when they’ll be back on Australian soil! - Timeout Perth


Melbourne indie folk quintet, the Paper Kites, are celebrating the release of their new single and upcoming debut album with a national headline tour. After the success of their first two EP’s Woodlands and Young North, they’re finally releasing their debut album States, which is slated for a late August release. ‘St Clarity’ is the first single to be lifted from the forthcoming LP and with its lone banjo opener and harmonic melody we’re expecting some pretty good tunes from the album.Following the album tour, the band will be jetting over to the US to perform their first shows on American turf, supporting City And Colour. So who knows when they’ll be back on Australian soil! - Timeout Perth


Discography

Woodland - EP
Young North - EP
States - LP (released in August 2013)

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Bio

Emotionally intense, delicate harmonies and a charming energy: Melbourne indie folk five-piece The Paper Kites have won over tens of thousands of fans worldwide via their first two EPs. Now Wonderlick Recording Company is thrilled to announce the release of “St Clarity” – the first single lifted from their highly anticipated debut album, States. With their first longplayer due in late August, “St Clarity” was produced by The Paper Kites with ARIA winning producer Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Josh Pyke) at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios and Sydney’s iconic Alberts. Kicking off with a lone banjo before moving into a gorgeous blend of harmonies, music boxes and horns, “St Clarity” is the first hint of the band’s alluring textures, explored fully on the upcoming LP.

Having previously crossed the country on their own headline tours and in support of Bombay Bicycle Club, Josh Pyke and Boy & Bear, The Paper Kites will celebrate the release of “St Clarity” and States with a 10-date capital city headline tour, kicking off on Fri 30 August in Newcastle. The band’s loyal, word-of-mouth fan-base – built off the back of EPs Woodland and Youth North, and tracks “Bloom”, “Featherstone” and “A Maker Of My Time” – has seen The Paper Kites' live following skyrocket. Combined with over six million YouTube views and huge online support, their striking performances see the band step up to a new level of demand, their spring tour set to be their biggest dates yet. Aussies aren’t the only ones in love with The Paper Kites. City and Colour frontman Dallas Green is also a fan, the Canadian choosing them as main support for his national US tour in October. “We’ve always had people asking us to come over,” Bentley says of the outfit’s first American trek. (In the States they’re signed to Nettwerk Music Group, home to Angus & Julia Stone, Josh Rouse and Perfume Genius.) “Some of the venues we’re playing with Dallas are the largest venues we’ve ever done – big, beautiful theatres. It’s a pretty good first trip.”