I’ve written before about the music community and the amount of talent that seems to circulate, generating an apparently endless stream of talented musos doing talented things. This particular project however, seems to be the absolute cream of the crop. From my very first listen I was so full of pride at exactly how evident this is, in terms of the hard work that has gone into creating this EP. Paper Thin, the new project from Newy heavyweights, Spencer, William, Liam and Aidan have produced an EP that even prior to its release was generating a whole heap of hype. And rightfully so. Although some may be quick to liken their sound to a mash up of Wil Wagner (particularly the early ‘Us Boys Run’ sound) with the backing of a full band à la ‘Fear Like Us’ and ‘Like… Alaska’, there is a true sense of depth and home town personability about their sound. Hearing Spencer sing is so much more like debriefing with a mate after a hard day than it is simply listening to a band meshing together some killer sounds. The entire listening experience is this transference of feeling, a mutual understanding. Whether you’re at a ‘bus stop on Hunter Street or Southern Cross Station’. As a collective, Paper Thin really mesh this beautiful combination of backyard punk with purposeful production.
Track wise, Japan song is a standout, a jangly, catchy and colourful tune that had me tapping my steering wheel profusely whilst lost in traffic. The full band revamp of Spencer Scott fanbase favourite “Hotel Spencer” is entirely wonderful and also doubles as an incredible live music experience. In fact the whole EP is backed by punchy hooks and a killer full band sound that makes you forget about even the deepest and darkest corners of your mind that make up ‘the state of your life mate’.
The Paper Thin EP is out now through Lost Boy records and is available here: http://www.lostboyrecords.com/product/paper-thin-paper-thin
And preview some tracks on triple J unearthed here: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/paper-thin
Also, the guys will be playing a show at the Hamilton Station aka God’s Country on Thursday evening to launch this really great EP check out their Facebook page for more details (https://www.facebook.com/PaperThinNewcastle)