Kites fly­ing own path

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT’S ON -

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.

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