The Paper Scissors

The Paper Scissors

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
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TPS have just released their second album In Loving Memory. This is what people are saying-

“In Loving Memory is a revelation. Thank goodness for perfectionism.” Indie Shuffle Blog (U.S).

“One of the most indisputably
forward thinking albums of 2011” 8/10
Stereoboard.com (U.K)

Biography

In the age of 3:30 digital singles, The Paper Scissors are cutting against the grain with their new album “ In Loving Memory”. A creation for lovers of long-form albums, the record brings together a range of influences and topics to create a truly international rock soundscape.

The songs were written during the band’s travels; from home in Sydney to as far away as Queens, New York, in various studios and via email through numerous long sessions. Jai Pyne has written lyrics about a range of topics from family, love, drunkenness, alcoholism, death, sex, the ocean, weather, isolation and more, bringing a disparate collection of musings into one of the most coherent and focused collections of songs from an Australian band this year.

“We’ve shed any insecurities and have pieced together an album that embodies us as a band,” explains Jai. “The way our sound has evolved and the fact that it reflects our learning and growth explains why it’s taken so long to realise this album.”

Discovered by underground radio including FBI and Triple J, the band’s very first single “We Don’t Walk” captured the playfulness and self-assured outlook of youth, seeing the band develop a loyal fan base which was cemented with national touring.

The first taste of the new album showed a remarkable growth in the band with the single “Lung Sum” released in late 2010. With a deeper outlook, but a solid basis in pop melody, the track took the listener on a journey, preparing for what was to come on “In Loving Memory”.

Mixed by UK producer Tom McFall (REM, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol), the album is a clear artistic statement. Part UK, part US and totally Australian, “In Loving Memory” is a reflection of urban Sydney and the influences, contradictions, loves and pressures inherent in a complex life.

“In Loving Memory” is out now through Source Music / MGM Distribution.

Lyrics

Yamanote Line

Written By: Jai Pyne (lyrics/music)/Bryce Stacker/Tom Hespe/Xavier Naughton

CHORUS
If you could leave (wo oh wo oh!)
Would you stay?
Smashed windows in your car
don't go driving in the rain.
And if you could be (wo oh wo oh!)
through your days
in a box in the sky in a cloudy haze
VERSE
Do you remember a time
when we could run and hide
in a shack up the back amongst the trees and leaves
for such a long while.
And we could live on jelly beans
white bread/butter the things in between-
and buildings were big and we knew we were small- and that was all.
CHORUS
Verse 2
Now the buldings in the sky
they don't look so big
and flying over
they are but a patch of clover
and they are few and far between.
And when I held you up on the line
and you slept on me,
your hair was still clean from the start to the end, with a bottle in between.
(guitar solo)
CHORUS
WO OH WO OH! (repeat)

Howl

Written By: The Paper Scissors

You were looking for a way out
And I know you found a way today so now you decide when to go
So even though you contradict yourself, said those lovely things
now it's time to part that sea and throw away the strings
the ones that tied you up, the ones that tied you up
Now done is dusted and hearts are busted
see you in the crowd
maybe I was the one that wasted time polishing a frown


CHORUS

DID YOU HEAR ME SCREAM
DID YOU HEAR ME HOWL
DID YOU HEAR ME SCREAM
DID YOU HEAR ME HOWL
DID YOU QUESTION WHY
DID YOU SAY HOW
DID YOU HEAR ME SCREAM
DID YOU HEAR ME HOWL (repeat)


You were looking for a natural fact
And I know you speak in tongues so that fact avoided you
So even though you contradict yourself, said those lovely things
now it's time to part that sea and throw away the strings
the ones that tied you up, the ones that tied you up
Now done is dusted and hearts are busted
see you in the crowd
maybe I was the one that wasted time polishing a frown


CHORUS

Lung Sum

Written By: Jai Pyne

I look up
And give a scratch to my head
I gave up
And let these things fall down like rocks and stones and heavy frowns
What’s up
Was it you or I that got here in the first place
So drink up
Let us drown our sorrows and never come up for air

For air for air
forever for air
for air forever

Go under three times
And only come up twice
The silence it fucking hurt my eyes
So blue so blue they made me cry
Like tears from a stone or a friend lips a lie
So drink up
Let us drown our sorrows and never come up for air

For air for air
forever for air
for air forever

Stay down stay under water

Discography

2006. The Paper Scissors EP, Our First Label.

'We Don't Walk' featured on
-Triple J's Home & Hosed Compilation, ABC, 2006
- Vice Magazine Sampler, 2006

2007 Yamanote Line Single

2007 Less Talk More Paper Scissors, Our First Label
MGM distribution in Australia,
Proper Distribution in the UK.

2008 'Underbelly' Soundtrack.
Track featured -We Don't Walk
Love & Mercy Records (distro Shock)

2009 Howl Ep (Our First Label/MGM Distro)

2009 T-T-Time Single
(Our First Label/MGM Distro)
Digital only single

2010 Lung Sum Single
(Source Music/MGM)

2011 In Loving Memory
(Source Music/MGM)

Set List

45 minutes to an hour and a half.