Bands to Watch #198: The Paper Scissors

By on Monday, 1st November 2010 at 12:00 pm

So I’ve been in kind of a musical rut lately. That was until my ears had a listen to the Paper Scissors from Sydney. My first introduction to them was the video below for ‘Lung Sum’. “Let’s drown our sorrows and never come up…for air…” – pretty fatalistic lyrics, but somehow I find comfort in them like I do with Morrissey’s self-loathing words. The idiosyncratic way Jai Pyne sings reminds me of the B52s‘ Fred Schneider and even R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe a bit. Even if I didn’t have the interesting visuals, I would still like this song. There’s something wonderfully catchy about the lyrics and the drums, then the guitars when the vocals cut out.


‘Lung Sum’ is the first single off their second album, ‘In Loving Memory’, that I believe will be coming out soon but I’m not sure if/when it’ll have a UK release. Interested to find out more, I did some digging in YouTube and found the single that broke them in Australia, ‘We Won’t Walk’. I get the feeling that Pyne’s voice is definitely one of those ‘love it or leave it’ ones, similar to Dougy Mandagi’s of the Temper Trap. The drumming from Ivan Lisyak and solid bass line from Xavier Naughton remind me a bit of disco music, which makes me think they must have completely reinvented themselves for their current effort. I prefer the new sound, but I’d be curious what you all think. They’ve been playing headlining gigs and have been mainstays at Australian music festivals, so I hope one of these days they’ll make it over here.


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3:42 am
6th December 2010

love love love them! also check out another aussie band ‘Seabellies’ saw TPS play with them a little while ago. great bands

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