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The Paper Kites Return To New Zealand In October

The Paper Kites Return To New Zealand In October

Monday 17th August, 2015 10:24AM

Melbourne five-piece The Paper Kites are returning to New Zealand in October for three shows to support the release of their second album twelvefour,  which is due out later this month. The folk troupe were last on these shores in May 2014, but are coming back with a bolder sound after working on the album in Seattle with Grammy-nominated producer Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Manchester Orchestra, Fleet Foxes). Here are the details for their upcoming shows...

The Paper Kites

Thursday 8th October, The Bedford, Christchurch
Friday 9th October, The Opera House, Wellington
Saturday 10th October, The Powerstation, Auckland

Here is the video for 'Electric Indigo' from forthcoming album twelvefour...


Emotionally intense with delicate harmonies and a charming energy: Melbourne indie folk five-piece The Paper Kites have announced dates for their New Zealand tour this October in support of their new album twelvefour.

Pre-dawn lyrics and lush, late night melodies: twelvefour is the gorgeous second album from Melbourne five-piece THE PAPER KITES. It’s been four years since the quintet first formed and turned heads with EP Woodland (followed up by 2013’s EP Young North.) Then came their acclaimed 2013 longplayer, States . which delivered favourites such as ‘St Clarity’, ‘A Lesson From Mr Gray’ and ‘Young’ and saw the band travel to New Zealand for 2 sold out shows.

Determined to capture a bolder sound for album number 2, the band travelled to Seattle to record with Grammy-nominated producer Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Manchester Orchestra, Fleet Foxes) and the result is twelvefour, an album that is lush and intimate, with drum machines and dirtier guitars (“very much an ‘80s twinge,” lead vocalist and songwriter Sam Bentley insists) mixed with atmospheric synth moments. “The great thing about working with Phil was that you couldn’t fake it – he wanted to hear the real thing,” Sam explains, “He was really honest with us, sometimes brutally, but all in the interest of making a better record.”

“The album is a concept record, based around a theory that an artist's creative peak is between the hours of midnight and 4am,” explains Sam, who’d been searching for a theme to shape album number two. A passing comment from a friend back in August 2014 delivered the spark. “That idea turned into the heart of the project, so every night I'd sit down when the clock ticked over to midnight and just start writing.” For two sleepless months Sam worked, reversing his sleep patterns and penning thirty songs in his home studio. “I got to the end and thought, I'm never doing that again,” Sam laughs. “It was wild to write until you are so tired that nothing sounded too over-worked – songs didn't feel restricted by a commonly analytical brain.”

“This record is the sound of five people trying to make something they're proud of. And we really are,” enthuses Sam. “As always I hope that the people who listen to our music continue to go along with us. We're really excited to be taking these songs on the road, and bringing everyone up to speed with where we've been.”

twelvefour, the highly anticipated sophomore release by The Paper Kites, is out August 28 and available to pre order

Exclusive Presale tickets onsale 9am, Tuesday 18th August
General on-sale 9am, Thursday 20th August

For all ticketing and show details go to


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