Kites flying own path
THE Paper Kites (pictured) believe in the merits of self-sufficiency. The Melbourne band has turned a DIY attitude into two successful EPs, a loyal fanbase (who have flocked to a string of sold-out shows nationally) and now a new record deal with their management team that sees them distributed by Sony. ‘‘We’re all pretty self-driven,’’ frontman Sam Bentley says. ‘‘You can’t just expect people will come to your shows. A lot of bands are very self-sufficient these days and learn how to get started on their own.’’ States was recorded with producer Wayne Connolly, who also worked on the new Boy & Bear album. Indeed, The Paper Kites joke about Boy & Bear ‘‘Single White Femaling’’ them. ‘‘It’s an ongoing joke,’’ Bentley says. ‘‘They joined our management, used our producer and also the same guy in New York to master their record that we used. So we’d have Wayne for a month, then they’d have him for a month. But we get on really well with those guys, they’re a great band.’’ The Paper Kites will tour States in Australia, including a show on the Coast tonight, before they head to the US to open for City and Colour.
States is out now. The Paper Kites, Georgia Fair and Robbie Miller play The Soundlounge, at Currumbin RSL, tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $25. The Paper Kites also play The Falls Festival, at North Byron Parklands, from December 31 to January 3.