Image Courtesy of The Paper Kites
With their new EP Young North out in the world and a national tour about to kick off in October we thought it was about time to sit down and chat with Melbourne quintet The Paper Kites. Gareth Hugh Evans chatted with Paper Kites bassist Sam Rasmussen about the EP, the tour and working with go-to visual stylest of the indie-folk world Jefferton James.
Gareth Hugh Evans: Considering the massive positive response to your first EP Woodland both here and overseas was there any pressure in recording the followup with Young North?
Sam Rasmussen: We never really felt any pressure in creating Young North. It was more an excitement amongst the group that we were creating a new product. Since releasing Woodland, we have toured relentlessly around the country, experimented with all sorts of instruments and writing techniques, and feel we’ve grown massively. To release Young North was our chance to showcase where we are at and what we have learnt over the last year.
GHE: You recorded Young North with Wayne Connolly. What was he like to work with as a producer? Is he hands on or does he tend to subtly guide you as you do your own thing?
SR: Having never worked closely with a producer before, we were concerned about finding someone that would get our vision and complement our sound. Wayne however was the perfect fit. He subtly guided us through the recording process, presenting his suggestions but ultimately giving us the final say.
GHE: Are you happy with how Young North is sounding? Is it a good reflection of where you are as a band right now?
SR: Yes we are really proud of how it sounds. We feel it reflects the journey we’ve been on since releasing Woodland, and displays a growth in both performance and production.
GHE: The first single from Young North, “A Maker Of My Own Time”, hit the web at the end of last month and was directed by indie-folk go-to artist Jefferton James. What is it about his aesthetic do you think that attracts artists like yourselves to his work?
SR: Being a pretty hands on kind of band, we always conceptualize the videos ourselves, and then bring in someone to shoot, edit, and bring it to life. We have been familiar with Jeff’s work for a while, so when it came time to find someone for “A Maker Of My Time”, we thought “why not give him a go?”. He was really good to collaborate with, and very accommodating to what we wanted to achieve.
GHE: The Young North tour is going to take you throughout the entire country including stops in Adelaide and Perth (who often get neglected by touring artists). Are there any shows in particular you’re excited about on the tour?
SR: Every location brings a different feel and generates a different response. It is always a pleasure to play in our home city of Melbourne. The audience is always very attentive and discerning. Apart from that, I have to say I am looking forward to playing in my original home city of Perth. We have never headlined there before and are excited to bring the show over. With any luck, we’ll also find time to hit the beach and get some much needed sun!
Young North is available now. The full list of dates for the upcoming Paper Kites tour are below:
Thursday 11th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 12th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th October – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Friday 19th October – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 20th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th October – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 26th October – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 27th October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC