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The lovely Christina Lacy from The Paper Kites took some time out to chat to us about their latest album and upcoming Australian tour!

Hi Christina! Thanks for chatting to us. I guess I’ll start off by asking you about your latest album twelvefour, which I understand is based around the concept of creatives working best between 12am – 4am. Can you tell us a bit more about that and what the concept ultimately produced?
So Sam (Bentley, lead singer) actually got the idea from a friend who was telling him about a documentary he’d seen. The doco was about writers who decided to only write between the hours of 12 and 4am and the idea behind it is those hours are peoples’ most creative hours. It’s when you’re a bit tired that you start to lose those inhibitions and write very naturally and without boundaries. So Sam thought he’d give it a go, and he ended up coming to us with about 30 demos that he’d written over 2-3 months of doing this writing process. It was interesting going through the demos and deciding which ones each of us personally connected to. But there were definitely some pretty interesting songs in there that didn’t make it onto the album. It was almost like he needed to get some weird songs. The process did mean that ultimately there were some pretty different sounds on the album.

When Sam brought those demos to the rest of the band how did the sound evolve after workshopping them?
They did change a bit from the demos but the general sound and structure stayed the same. As each of us started playing the parts that Sam had written we naturally added and took away things and everyone puts their personal spin on it. That’s when it starts to feel like a The Paper Kites song and not just a demo that Sam has handed us.

And you guys recorded in Seattle with Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty), what was that process like?
Yeah it was really interesting! For our last EP Young North and last album States we worked with a producer in Sydney called Wayne Connolly. So it was a really different experience for us going over to Seattle because we’d never been overseas to record and it’s so different to recording at home. We would usually all have day jobs and be coming from work or taking days of work to record but this was taking a month out of your life and just focusing on recording. I think that was really beneficial.

And working with a new producer as well was great. We really wanted to work with someone who we thought would push us and tell us what we needed to hear and Phil was definitely that guy, he certainly didn’t hold back on his opinion. At times it could be confronting but it was definitely what we needed and once we understood the way that he worked and understood his personality, it worked really well.

The album definitely has a bigger sound about it, did that come from working within the concept or just the natural growth of the band?
I would say more a natural growth of the band; I think Sam does consciously move away from what has become the typical ‘The Paper Kites sound’, the really acoustic, whimsical sound. I think that in everything that you do though, in your profession and in life generally, if you’re not really growing and you’re not changing then it doesn’t feel very natural. We’ve got a lot more experience than we did when we wrote and recorded our first EP, more musical experience and life experience.

I think the last song on the album, ‘Too Late’, really demonstrates that big mature sound for you guys. So I just wanted to know a bit about that track and why it was placed to kind of round out the album?
Sam really loves that track. We always joke about how everyone has their baby on the album and if that track didn’t make it onto the album they’d be devastated. For Sam ‘Too Late’ is definitely his. It’s a track that really has that late night feel and it’s got this 80’s vibe which sums up the sounds of the album really well.

Both film clips for the album have really strong colour aesthetics in purples, blues and reds. How do those colours represent the sound of the album?
Well yeah they’re the kind of colours that make us feel like it’s late at night and also have a romantic feel about them. The film clips visually create the same vibe that the songs were written in. I picture Sam, and have seen footage of Sam, recording late at night in his studio at home and it’s dark with only a few lights on and it’s really moody. The teams who created the film clips really translated that into the videos.

So Matt Cox filmed the clip for Electric Indigo and he’s also filming your documentary, what has that process been like for the band?
Yeah it was an interesting process that one, I was a little bit reserved about the idea of it at first. To me the idea of doing a documentary is like ‘Does anyone want to see us in a documentary?’ I dunno. I feel like you watch a documentary about Coldplay, not The Paper Kites. But when you listen to an album you hear the final product of a really long process, and we don’t really get the opportunity to let people look inside that process. Our hope is that it allows people to see where the songs started and what’s in that process of songs developing and us working through them as a group. And as a group how we handle the arguments we have to have about parts of songs. So yeah we hope that it’s interesting. It was a funny process having cameras in our face a lot. It really helped knowing Matt as a friend.

And you guys are heading out on a big tour of the album, what was narrowing a set list down like?It’s really hard. It’s one of those conversations that none of us like having, it’s a hard process of trying to keep songs on there that you know people really want to hear like old songs. But also it’s an album tour so we want to showcase the record. It’s a hard process of trying to find the balance. We got there in the end and we’re all feeling really good about it. We hope people will enjoy it!

Awesome! Well I better leave it there and have an awesome tour!


Interview by Harriet Carter @harriet_ewc


Saturday, 17th October 2015
Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545

Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine (AA)
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
170 Russell, Melbourne
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Saturday, 24th October 2015
The Workers Club, Geelong
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Thursday, 29th October 2015
Solbar, Maroochydore
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Friday, 30th October 2015
The Soundlounge, Gold Coast
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Saturday, 31st October 2015
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
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Thursday, 5th November 2015
Lizottes, Newcastle (AA)
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Friday, 6th November 2015
The Metro, Sydney (AA)
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Saturday, 7th November 2015
Anu Bar, Canberra
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Sunday, 8th November 2015
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul (AA)
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