By Grace Hood-Edwards

In anticipation of The Paper Kites New Zealand tour, Grace was able to ask them about their new album, favourite musicians and a bit about life on tour! Don’t forget to see the Melbourne based band live in, Christchurch (March 27th), Wellington (March 28th) and Auckland (March 29th), tickets available through Eventfinda


From the opening moment of ‘A Gathering on 57th’ it feel like you’re setting up a story you tell through On The Corner Where You Live. What is about story about for you?
OTCWYL is a collection of stories, each about a different person. A few years ago we found ourselves in NYC, gazing out our hotel window, across the street at an apartment block. We could see so many people, just doing everyday stuff. Cooking, cleaning, hanging out etc.. Each song on the album is a story of a different window. A different life.

The whole album feels incredibly cinematic, do you have any film or other cinematic inspirations for any of the tracks?
Sam B (main songwriter) is fascinated with movies and all thing cinematic. He often projects movies on the wall of his studio while he writes.

The album feels very 80’s and that feels like a conscious choice. What is it that drew you to that period for this album?
We love the sounds and feelings associated with allot of 80s music. The drums, the synths, the reverb! We have taken allot of inspiration from bands like the blue nile, the replacements, and roxy music. If you haven’t heard them, look them up!

Favourite decade overall and why?
Lets say the 80s. It was the decade I was born, and it produced a whole lot of weird and wonderful music.

How does On The Crowd Where You Live differ from previous albums? How do you think it has developed/furthered your sound?
To us, it’s a great example of musical expression. The experience we had in the studio was a very relaxed and enjoyable one. We lived and recorded in a big old Victorian mansion in Bridgeport Connecticut. It was a weird and kind of scary neighbourhood so we spent most of the time in the studio working, jamming, writing and recording. When I listen to the album now, to me it reflects the recording process. Lots of time, lots of freedom, and lots of fun. The performances sound a whole lot more natural when compared to our previous releases, and I love the way it came together sonically.

What are some of your greatest musical inspirations?
Ryan Adams, War on Drugs, Fleetwood Mac, The Replacements.

Have you had any memorable moments on this current European tour?Many! The shows have been amazing for a start. We also had a night off in Wales. Our tour manager put us up in an old church that can be booked on airbnb as accommodation. It was in the middle of the countryside, complete with grand piano and outdoor hot tub. It was amazing!

How does you process work overall as a band in regards to music & lyrics?So Sam B is our main song write. He likes to lock himself away and start writing each song. From there he brings it to the band. Sometimes we end up playing almost exactly what he writes, and other times we pull the song apart and rebuild it. We love the feeling of collaborating and creating music together. As for lyrics, Sam B almost always takes care of that. The songs are usually pretty personal, and we don’t feel the need to step in and change anything.

Is there anything you’d like to explore in future albums/tracks?
We are always discussing ideas. We are in the early stages of planning for our next release. There is not much I can share at this stage, but I’ll say that there some new sounds and ideas on the horizon!

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