The Paper Kites

London Music Hall & CHRW 94.9FM Present...

The Paper Kites

Twin Bandit

Thu, July 14, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is all ages

The Paper Kites
Pre-dawn lyrics and lush, late night melodies: twelvefour is the gorgeous second album from Melbourne five-piece THE PAPER KITES. It's been four years since the quintet first formed and turned heads with EP Woodland (followed up by 2013's Young North) – and quickly became one of Australia's best-loved live acts, particularly with the release of their acclaimed 2013 LP, States. That record delivered favourites such as "St Clarity," "A Lesson From Mr Gray" and Young" reaching #17 on Australia's ARIA Album chart.

It's not just here at home that the bands profile has been building – with over 150,000 Facebook fans, and with a whopping 20 million views and counting on YouTube, the band have toured across North America under the invite of City And Colour (aka Dallas Green), plus enjoyed a string of sold out international headline dates of their own. Their Australian tours have seen the band play venues such as Sydney's Enmore Theatre and Melbourne's Forum and Athenaeum Theatre.

Now, the Melbourne band – Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, David Powys, Josh Bentley and Sam Rasmussen – are back, with an effortless, sprawling listen that explores new terrain to unveil their best work yet.

"The album is a concept record, based around a theory that an artist's creative peak is between the hours of midnight and 4am," explains front man Sam Bentley, who'd been searching for a theme to shape album #2. A passing comment from a friend back in August 2014 delivered the spark. "That idea turned into the heart of the project, so every night I'd sit down when the clock ticked over to midnight and just start writing."

For two sleepless months Sam worked, reversing his sleep patterns and penning 30 songs in his home studio. "I got to the end and thought, I'm never doing that again," Sam laughs. Lyrically, twelvefour isn't about some sort of somnambulist or insomniac blues, however. "You're always more melancholy during those hours," Sam points out, "but if I could sum up the album it's about what happens when selfishness and love collide."

Take the title refrain of the golden, harmonica-laden "I'm Lying To You 'Cause I'm Lost," or album opener and first single "Electric Indigo," with its plea for redemption: "But you've been waiting long enough to let it go / I'll do you right / 'Cause time is just a remedy / Covered in disguise". (Be sure to check out the video for 'Electric Indigo', starring actress Laura Brent – The Chronicles Of Narnia, A Few Best Men.)

"Neon Crimson" is one of Sam's favourites, embodying the album's spirit. "Late-night isolation, a confession, an apology... The album as a whole is an open letter. Words and melodies written very late at night to attempt to understand the heaviest of choices, which is choosing someone else or yourself," says Sam.

Determined to capture a bigger, bolder sound, the group travelled to Seattle to record in February 2015 with Grammy-nominated producer Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Manchester Orchestra, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). twelvefour is lush and intimate: think drum machines, dirtier guitars ("very much an '80s twinge," Sam insists) mixed with soulful, smooth synth moments – see closer "Too Late. Plentiful late-night vibes.

Recording in the Pacific Northwest was a joy. The band took up camp in the hip suburb of Ballad for six weeks, while Ek encouraged them to push themselves. "Phil was someone we'd always wanted to work with, but I know he turns a lot of bands down," says Sam. "We thought it wasn't necessarily worth asking."

"The great thing about working with Phil was that you couldn't fake it – he wanted to hear the real thing," Sam continues, recalling a day the producer chided him after a vocal take. "He was really honest with us, sometimes brutally, but all in the interest of making a better record. He made a real point about letting things be how they sounded like they wanted to be."

A visit to the studio of Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) was like being let loose in a gear candy shop, while blood and sweat literally made its way onto the record when bassist/keyboardist Rasmussen cut his hand while laying down "Turns Within Me, Turns Without Me." "He cut his hand open playing these weird keys that were attached to cymbals he was slamming together… all which ended up on take we used." Track "Revelator Eyes" shows off Lacy's harmonies, in what Sam describes as "kind of fast, still very lush, kind of sexy" vibe. "She really loved that song, we were both pushing for it to be on the record."

Returning home in April, the record was finally done. Fans can also look forward to a special documentary about the making of twelvefour, filmmaker Matthew Cox capturing the entire recording process in all its glory, warts and all: "it's not all sunshine and rainbows".

The resulting album is a startling document to a band truly growing into their own: surefooted and focussed. "As always I hope that the people who listen to our music continue to go along with us. We're really excited to be taking these songs on the road, and bringing everyone up to speed with where we've been."
Twin Bandit
Something very special happened one day, two years ago in the kitchen of Vancouver's St. James Music Academy, a non-profit that nurtures the musical souls and tummies of neighboring inner city kids. Academy cook Hannah Walker was frazzled trying to prepare and serve a hundred quesadillas before the mad rush of children, and deal with a well-meaning, but untrained, volunteer. In a strange moment of serenity, she discovered that the greenhorn in question, Jamie Elliott, was her musical soulmate and would be her future counterpart in thefolk-Americana duo, Twin Bandit.On that day, Hannah and Jamie harmonized against the fevered pitch of stress and imminent chaos. With a few stolen moments, Hannah and Jamie began the adventure that would lead to their all-original folk-Americana duo, Twin Bandit. Now, they release their debut, For You(Nettwerk Music), resplendent with poignant lyrics and achingly gorgeous vocal harmonies."It's a profound and confusing time being a young adult, and there is something universal and timeless about folk music because it's about life lessons likeforgiveness,having your heart broken or finally falling in love," Hannah explains. "Telling and sharing stories is therapeutic."At the core of the East Vancouver, British Columbia-based band's aesthetic is the vocal harmony and spare instrumental accompaniment evocative of traditional American roots music. The day they met they sang almost every old chestnut they knew and excitedly rattled off favorite songs and artists from bygone eras. And yet if you listen closely, there are textures and nuances conjuring up contemporarysoundscapes and the weeping of pedal steel straight from traditional country.Both Jamie and Hannah grew up immersed in the rich heritage of American roots music. Prior to joining forces, Jamie had been playing in country and bluegrass bands for seven years, harmonizing with other female vocalists. Hannah grew up with five sisters, and has been singing with her siblings since before she can remember. Upon meeting, their connection was instant—like sisters and perfect creative counterparts—as both are equally strong instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, and co-songwriters. They're twin creative souls with a compelling underpinning of darkness to their work, hence the name Twin Bandit.Within two months of their initial meeting, Hannah and Jamie were sitting
around a kitchen table piecing together the song that would become the stunning album track, "The Waltz." They worked feverishly but quietly, keeping their burgeoning band private. In five months, they played their first show. A month later they played their record label audition and wowed Nettwerk Music with their stately sincerity and freshly reimagined take on well-worn but beloved musical traditions.For Youis a gracefully intimate album with raw emotionality, elegantly sparse musicianship, and mesmerizing vocal harmonies. Repeated listening sessions are rewarding as the listener hears such subtle touches as winsome pedal steel, Spaghetti Western-style atmospherics, and dreamy gospel organs.Hannah and Jamie are equal talents, and there is an uncanny cohesion toFor You. However, there are intriguing differences in the perspective of each writer's lyrics. "I write from an inner struggle ordarkness, and Jamie writes from a sense of peace and optimism, even in difficult times," Hannah explains.The breathtakingly bucolic "Tides" is an emotionally centered look into a tumultuous relationship. "It's about love coming and going like tides and finding acceptance in that—like 'if you love someone set them free,'" Jamie says. The graceful gait of "Rosalyn" belies the haunted quality of the lyrics with lines like—the tracks on your skin tell me how far you've been. "I wrote that for a dear friend who was older than me and struggled with addiction. I grew up hearing her stories and was touched by her as a person because she was so kind. It surprised me that someone with such a difficult life had so much love to offer," Hannah reveals. Other album highlights include the high lonesome beauty of "The Waltz," and the moony, "For You." The album was produced by John Anderson, their good friend and in-demand pedal steel virtuoso, who intuitively understood their reach as traditionalists who want to keep the heritage alive.Up next, Twin Bandit plan to continue to support the St. James Music Academy—where their generous spirits met—as well as the Carnegie Community Centre, a facility that offersvarious social programs to one of the most in-need neighborhoods, the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia. "Music is a tool to create social change. We strongly believe in the power of that message and want to play our part," Hanna says
Venue Information:
London Music Hall - CA
185 Queens Ave.
London, ON, N6A 1J1

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