Up and coming Kiwi, hard-edged pop trio PAPERCITY deliver another combustible cut with hot new single, “Feel”. The follow up to debut track, “Plastic”, which released in 2019, Feel packs a rock-infused punch. A call to arms to hold tight through toughest of times, the single is a lyrical reminder that when hope is lost, the tide will eventually turn, and change will come.

Writing from personal experience, Alex Hargreaves (guitar/vocals), explains the background of the track; “I was going through a rough time and I kind of stopped feeling at all. I wondered whether I would ever feel again. I pushed through and everything came right eventually. I think it’s super important for people to know that things do get better”.

Dark, fast-paced and popping with bursts of saturated colour, the video juxtaposes the confinements of a house ready for demolition against a backdrop of a car ride to freedom. The video was filmed in slow motion but performed at twice the speed, enabling the switch between dreamlike and fast-paced effects – keeping in step with those feelings of operating at slow motion through emotionally challenging times.

Alex explains: “We filmed it at a house that was being demolished. I really loved that the house looked like a normal home except really run down and without any of the things in it that make it a home. I think that really relates to the song – that feeling of emptiness”.

Relatable lyrics, a punk attitude, a dose of guitar-based aggression, all interwoven with an undeniable hook, is the key to PAPERCITY’s sound; “We really just like to make angry pop music. The goal is to try and get guitars in our songs as often as we can (even when they don’t sound like guitars). I always want to record something that is going to feel great to play live”. “Feel” is recorded in the band’s hometown of Nelson, New Zealand and is produced by Ryan Beehre (Minuit), who has been a mentor for Alex since PAPERCITY formed in 2011. Expect more singles from PAPERCITY in 2020.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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