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MP3 of the Day #363: The Paper Scissors

 
By on Friday, 24th June 2011 at 10:00 am
 

I think starting from the age of 8, I wanted to live in England. But now I want to live in Australia. Why? The Paper Scissors is one really good reason. They had me with one song, ‘Lung Sum’, last autumn (Bands to Watch feature and video here).

The Paper Scissors just released a new album, ‘In Loving Memory’, last week on Source Music / MGM Distribution, and judging from this one track they’re giving away for absolutely free, it’ll be a good’un. The vocals on ‘Taller Than You Then’ are slightly less dissonant and punky than the ones in ‘Lung Sum’ and therefore this one is probably perceived as more approachable, but in any event, I’m guessing the album must be amazing.

 

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxEqsnX56vU[/youtube]

‘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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E9IzWuFWDk[/youtube]

 
 
 

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