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  • The Paper Kites Releases New Album “At the Roadhouse”

  • Australian indie folk-rock band The Paper Kites, consisting of Sam Bentley (vocals/guitar/harmonica/mandolin), Christina Lacy (keyboard), David Powys (guitar), Samuel Rasmussen (bass) and Josh Bentley (drums), released their sixth studio album “At the Roadhouse” on September 1, 2023 via Nettwerk.

    It is their first album in two years since the 2021 “album Roses”.
    The album comprises 16-track, produced by Matt Redlich and Sam Bentley.
    In line with releasing the album, the band premiered the film of the same name at Lido Cinemas in Melbourne on September 1st and at Ritz Cinemas in Sydney on September 4th.
    Back in July 2022, the band recorded the album in the small Australian town of Campbells Creek, where the band converted an old gold-mining supply shop into “The Roadhouse” as a vintage all-analogue studio.
    The band opend the the doors of “The Roadhouse”, and performed to record every Friday and Saturday night during a month-long stay.
  • The band lead singer Sam Bentley said of the album, “This album came from a month-long residency we played last year in a small Victorian town called Campbells Creek. The shows were free and unannounced, we performed as an 8-piece house with the addition of Matt Dixon, Hannah Cameron & Chris Panousakis. Each night we would play two sets totalling 16 songs - all of which have been recorded and included on this record.”
    He explained about the Roadhouse, “It used to be a gold mining supply store back in the days of the Victorian gold rush, then I believe it was a hotel - I was told there was a large fire there in 1876 that almost destroyed the whole building - but it survived and is still standing today. It's this beautiful dramatic old structure by the side of the road. I think we all felt there was something about it and what it could be.”

  • He continued, “'The Roadhouse' was really something from a collective dream that we had to try and manifest into a real place. It was a venue that we'd talked about over the years, a place for people to come and hear music. We wanted it to be a combination of all the greatest dive bars you'd ever been to, late-night watering holes, smoky taverns, biker bars – but it didn't exist, so we had to build it, and then we had to try and fill it.”
    He added, “I remember word started getting around town that something was happening there, but no one really knew what it was. When we opened the doors for the first time, we knew that there was every chance we could have been playing to five people - and we didn't care. By the end of the month, it was so full we had to keep turning people away.”

    Photo by Nick McKinlay
  • source : Apple Music
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