|It starts with a burst of feedback then goes straight into that warm drench of fuzzed-out guitar that could only come from either Wollongong or Geelong. A female voice starts singing. The band rocks out behind her. Later on she has your full attention: "You don't want to be a loser, you're a winner". Singer/guitarist Claire Birchall has one of the coolest and toughest voices you'll hear all year and you can tell that she can actually sing (unlike some bands where the singer struggles to stay in pitch over the music). Both of these tracks Paper Planes have sent out are fantastic, although it took a couple of listens to really hear what a force this band are set to be - especially Claire's songwriting, singing and guitar playing. |
The second song 'Do It For The Kids' is a slow-burner anthem for the disaffected youth of today. And it features wonderfully haunting backing vocals. To paraphrase their bio, Paper Planes have a heavy sound with pop hooks and strong melodies. The distortion Paper Planes use (on both tracks) really works - like having a warm electric blanket wrapped around you while you listen. Classic songs, inspired lyrics. Paper Planes could easily be one of the major-players in Australia. They ROCK!
Formed in Geelong in 1998 by Claire Birchall, whose first independent release was captain captain in 2001, which received regular airplay on Melbourne's RRR and PBS. The band also includes Claire's sister Rebecca on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals; Mark Brant on the bass; and Adam Pacula on the drums. Paper Planes plan to release these two songs on a seven inch single while they chip away at their debut longplayer. What a great idea! I'll buy a copy and, like everyone else, will eagerly await the album. Bring it on! - ND
update Feb '07: and the Paper Planes got what they wanted - a seven inch release