By Georgia Corpe
Bear Family’s Georgia Corpe, had the chance to ask a few questions to The Paper Kites‘ Dave Powys (vocals, guitar, banjo, lap steel guitar). See what the Melbournian multi-instrumentalist had to say on: writing, touring, and Chewbacca…
BF: To start off, tell us a bit about The Paper Kites and how you all came together?
TPK: We’ve all known each other for some time now. Sam and Josh are cousins and the rest of us got together just sharing the stage in different forms.
BF: You guys have just released your sophomore album twelvefour, recorded in Seattle. Tell us a bit about the process of writing/recording this album? Did your Seattle surroundings impact on the sound of the record at all?
TPK: Yeh we’re really excited about the release! The process began from Sam’s concept around removing a writers inhibitions during the hours of 12am and 4am. Sam did all the writing for the demos, and we all arranged the final songs in Melbourne before leaving for Seattle. I think being in Seattle gave us some inspiration given the recent musical history of the place and some of the people we worked with.
BF: You’ve said that this album is a concept album, based on an artist whose creativity peaks between 12 to 4am. Can you tell us about what inspired this? Personal experience of sleeplessness perhaps?
TPK: I Can only speak on Sam’s behalf here. He is a guy who loves his sleep, so it didn’t come easily. Someone mentioned the idea and Sam ran with it. It developed into a creative inspiration around all the things that happen in those late night hours. A romantic parallel universe was created and drawn from for the songs’ content and the music videos too.
BF: The Paper Kites sound has significantly developed since initially hearing you guys on Triple J Unearthed, evolving from a folkie acoustic sound and blossoming into a more brooding electric sound. Can you tell us about this transformation? Was it an intentional move towards this kind of production or more of a natural progression?
TPK: It all has to do with inspiration. What you listen to has a huge impact on what you feel like creating, so it has been pretty natural, although we’ve made efforts to retain a “Paper Kites” sound somewhat. However we don’t want to limit that stereotype either.
BF: You are about to embark on a huge national tour for the release of twelvefour, are you guys pumped to be finally be on the road again?
TPK: Yes! We can’t wait to hit the road! Rehearsing has been great, but it gets to the point where you want to share the music with everyone!
BF: What can fans expect from your live show this time around?
TPK: We’re toying with the idea of dressing up as characters from Star Wars. I’ll be Chewbacca.
BF: Last, and most certainly not least, [we are trying something new here] can you guys send through your best/worst/most creative snapchat photo? Additional illustrations encouraged.
BF: Thanks for the Q&A guys! Congrats on the new album.
THE PAPER KITES NATIONAL twelvefour ALBUM TOUR
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THU 15 OCT | THE GOV, ADELAIDE SA (ALL AGES)
FRI 16 OCT | AMPLIFIER, PERTH WA
SAT 17 OCT | SETTLERS TAVERN, MARGARET RIVER WA
THU 22 OCT | THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE VIC (ALL AGES)
FRI 23 OCT | 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 24 OCT | THE WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC
THU 29 OCT | SOLBAR, MAROOCHYDORE QLD
FRI 30 OCT | THE SOUNDLOUNGE, GOLD COAST QLD
SAT 31 OCT | WOOLLY MAMMOTH, BRISBANE QLD
THU 05 NOV | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW (ALL AGES)
FRI 06 NOV | THE METRO, SYDNEY NSW (ALL AGES)
SAT 07 NOV | ANU BAR, CANBERRA ACT
SUN 08 NOV | ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW (ALL AGES)