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The Paper Kites

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 8:00 PM


Our hotel window in New York City looked straight into the apartment building across the street. You could see all these windows lighting up and people getting home from their nights out. We just sat there and watched them. It was fascinating. It was living art.Sam Bentley, frontman for The Paper Kites spoke of the moment the album's concept clicked together. It's a collection of stories about these characters all living in an apartment building; I wanted to capture moments, feelings, it's about people and their stories, he says of On the Corner Where You Live (out September 21 via Nettwerk Records), the Australian bands melancholic, mid-tempo companion to the recently released album, On the Train Ride Home.Give them your tired, your lonely, your lovesick, your unsure, The Paper Kites have a song for each of them. I created a world based on the idea of watching other people, but a lot of the songs are extensions of myself or people I know, he says.Such artistic insight has earned The Paper Kites (which also includes vocalist Christina Lacy, guitarist Dave Powys, drummer Josh Bentley and bassist Sam Rasmussen) a loyal, organic fan base. In the eight years since they formed, whats followed is an impressive reach of their music, with steady international touring, nearly 47 million combined YouTube views and over 260 million streams on Spotify.On the Corner Where You Live wafts evocatively with noir-ish saxophones, guitars, ambient traffic, even the languid sound of rain. Its levitating and bittersweet, heavy-hearted stories that are resoundingly universal.Expanding on the groups acclaimed second full length, 2015s twelvefour, Sam says Im still very much drawn to the late nights and the sound of them: rich, honest, compassionate music. The group originally planned to release On the Corner Where You Live and On the Train Ride Home as a double album, but decided to split them up due to the difference between the tracks We had these earnest, minimal, almost acoustic songs and these bigger songs you hear in On the Corner Where You Live. Like two sides of a coin, its the same feeling, just different expressions of them.The Paper Kites co-produced On the Corner Where You Live with Grammy-winner Peter Katis at his studio in Connecticut a 120 year old victorian era home that the band lived and recorded in for 5 weeks.On the Corner Where You Lives opening instrumental A Gathering on 57th bridges the gap between the two records, the first thing you hear is the sound of the train running along the tracks and a street busker wailing into the night. The albums concept came to Sam while on tour - It came from watching people really, being in unfamiliar cities, observing other people's lives. I remember the band was staying in a hotel on 57th street in Manhattan and we'd come home from wherever we'd been. Our hotel window in New York City looked straight into the apartment building across the street. You could see all these windows lighting up and people getting home from their nights out. We just sat there and watched them. It was fascinating. It was living art.Give Me Your Fire, Give Me Your Rain takes over from where On The Train Ride Home left off. Josh Bentley's punching drums making a statement that the record is a slightly different affair from the quiet solitude of the previous offering. A lush sonic tidal wave of midnight melancholy sets the tone of longing, loss and hope echoed through everything that follows.The band recorded the Manhattan street noise from the window of their 57th street hotel, adding it to the lilting meditation Midtown Waitress, Sam tells the story of being alone in London bar years ago, where an elderly woman who turned out to be a pianist for the ballet scribbled down a melody on a piece of paper, gifting it to him, naming it The Encounter. During the recording session, Sam dug out that piece of paper, transforming it into a woozy, sax-based coda to Midtown Waitress.Music is so much more purposeful and

Cost: $30 Advance, $34 Day of Show
Tickets: http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tix/tickets-3967867.aspx

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