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Paper Bird — Paper Bird (September 9th, 2016)

Paper Bird — Paper Bird (September 9th, 2016)

           Paper Bird — Paper Bird (September 9th, 2016)Paper Bird — Paper Bird (September 9th, 2016)♦♣   Since the band’s formation in 2007, Paper Bird has been playing its joyful blend of indie folk, blue–eyed soul, and rock to delighted audiences nationwide. The current lineup includes Mark Anderson (drums), Sarah Anderson (vocals, trumpet), Carleigh Aikens (vocals), Paul DeHaven (guitar), Genevieve Patterson (vocals, keys), and Caleb Summeril (bass, guitar, banjo). Everyone writes for the group, and there is no leader. Paper Bird’s live performances showcase the group’s diversity and good–time vibe. Their rare and beautiful approach to music has led them to be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, in a New York Times story about up and coming Denver bands, and most recently listed in Paste Magazine‘s Top 10 Colorado Bands to Watch.Location: Denver, Colorado
Album release: September 9th, 2016
Record Label: Sons Of Thunder Records
Genre: Indie Folk, Singer~Songwriter
Duration:     46:03
Tracks:
01. To the Light      4:36
02. Don’t Want Half      4:26
03. I Don’t Mind      3:30
04. Limitless      4:30
05. Sunday      3:55
06. Make You Mine      3:28
07. Sleepwalker      4:39
08. The Run      3:56
09. Heavy Road      4:39
10. Parade      5:34
11. Waiting for You      2:50 ♦♣   It’s been an eventful time since we last released an album, and we’re so excited to share this new music with you! Our self–titled album Paper Bird is available September 9th on Sons of Thunder Records / Thirty Tigers Records, and this is the only place you can order the album before its release! By ordering the album you will automatically get an instant download of the song “I Don’t Mind,” as well as a digital copy of the full album on the day of release. You can also get exclusive items like signed albums, sound check meet n greets, hand–written lyrics, and more.
♦♣   On Paper Bird, the band’s lineup takes a step in a new direction: Carleigh Aikins (Bahamas, Fox Jaws) joins Sarah Anderson and Genevieve Patterson on vocals, and instrumentation completes the transition from acoustic to fully plugged in with Caleb Summeril moving to electric bass, Paul DeHaven on electric guitar, and Mark Anderson on drums with Genevieve also contributing on keys. We were so lucky to collaborate with world–renowned musician, singer, and songwriter John Oates, who produced the album with David Kalmusky at Addiction Studios in Nashville.
♦♣   Thanks to all our fans, new and old alike, who have allowed us to road test these songs and embraced our new direction with open hearts. This is definitely the start of something exciting!Personnel:
•   Carleigh Aikins — vocals
•   Mark Anderson — drums
•   Sarah Anderson — vocals, trumpet
•   Paul DeHaven — guitar
•   Genevieve Patterson — vocals, keys
•   Caleb Summeril — bass, banjo, harmonica
Review
by Lee Zimmerman, Staff Reviewer,  September 1, 2016
•   Denver Colorado’s Paper Bird originally emerged from the same environs that birthed such similarly populist outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. Not surprisingly then, the band has shared bills with both those bands, as well as with Hall & Oates, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Shakey Graves. It’s also not surprising to find that John Oates co–produced this eponymous new album. What is somewhat surprising is the shift in the band ranks that comes courtesy of vocalist Carleigh Aikins, whose previous credits include extended stints with the critically acclaimed bands Bahamas and Fox Jaws. Her addition to the roster adds an extra edge to the proceedings, creating a clear sonic evolution that finds them completely revamping their musical MO. That shift in the band’s line–up has also opened up new sonic possibilities, one that swaps electric guitars and amped up instrumentation for the laid back, folk–flavored sound they favored in the past.
•   Aikins’ influence can also be found in the noticeably edgier sound found in the new album’s lead track “I Don’t Mind.” Likewise, the sultry sounding “Sunday” blends the engaging vocal harmonies of the Dixie Chicks and the Be Good Tanyas with the classic ‘70s stylings of bands like Heart and Fleetwood Mac, adding an air of familiarity that doesn’t detract from the band’s overall MO.
•   Still, it would be inaccurate to give Aikins all the credit here. The group boasts three lead vocalists — singer Sarah Anderson, singer and keyboard player Genevieve Patterson and Aikins herself — all of whom blend their voices in seamless three part harmonies. The instrumental duties are divvied up among Summeril, drummer Mark Anderson and guitarist Paul Dehaven and are of equal importance in the proceedings. It’s that combination that allows Paper Bird to take flight. •   http://nodepression.com/Biography:
♦♣   For Paper Bird, their new album marks a milestone. More importantly, it provides them with a new beginning, a new chapter in their trajectory that sees them redefining their direction, a change in their musical sensibility while maintaining their trademark upbeat attitude.
•   The band’s self titled album, available September 9th on Thirty Tigers Records/ Sons of Thunder Records, introduces vocalist Carleigh Aikins to the line–up, whose previous credits include extended stints with the critically acclaimed bands Bahamas and Fox Jaws. Her addition to the band adds an extra edge, highlighting a clear sonic evolution. A shift in the band’s line–up has opened up new possibilities, swapping electric guitars and amped up instrumentation for the laid back, folk­flavored sound they favored in the past.
•   “In truth this is an entirely new band,” bassist Caleb Summeril explains. “With Carleigh coming on board, we’ve literally made a fresh start.”
•   Guitarist Paul DeHaven first met Aikins at a concert on Willie Nelson’s ranch during South by Southwest in 2012. The two hit it off, and before long Aikins and the rest of the band began collaborating long distance via email. “It was serendipitous that we could join forces so seamlessly,” says Aikins. “We created an instant bond and a new sound we can all stand proudly behind; which merges our respective influences from the Canadian and American music we were raised with. Everyone’s input is welcome here and everyone has their moment to shine, in the true democratic sense and tradition of a band.”
•   Paper Bird has always made a point of encouraging each of its members to share the spotlight. The group boasts three lead vocalists — singer Sarah Anderson, singer and keyboard player Genevieve Patterson, and Aikins herself — all of whom blend their voices in seamless three part harmonies. The instrumental duties are shared by Summeril, DeHaven, and drummer Mark Anderson.
•   Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Paper Bird first emerged from the same environs that launched such outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. The group has toured extensively throughout the U.S., sharing bills with the aforementioned bands, as well as Daryl Hall & John Oates, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Shakey Graves.
•   On Paper Bird, the band collaborates with world–renowned musician, singer and songwriter John Oates, who co–produced the album with Aikins’ fellow Canadian David Kalmusky. The album was recorded and mixed at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, and for his part, Oates couldn’t be more delighted.
•   “Paper Bird is a band that possesses a sound that’s more than the sum of its parts,” Oates effuses. “It’s the coming together of two perfect trinities. It has three distinctly unique female lead singers whose harmonies blend together as one...united with an inventive, cohesive rhythm section trio. I loved their sound from the first time I heard them and they just keep getting better. They are a true musical family united by a unique and pure artistic vision...a rare quality in this day and age of so much disposable and less than original music.”
•   Paper Bird has a sound that blends the engaging vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes and The Lone Bellow with the classic ‘70s stylings of bands like Heart and Fleetwood Mac without imitating or emulating any one of them in particular. Indeed, the new music is rugged, resilient and flush with enthusiasm. It conveys the essence of inspired Americana, while still staying true to its riveting rock regimen.
•   The album starts with the soulful strut of “To The Light,” and heads into desire and yearning with the single “Don’t Want Half.” With its playful harmonies and rhythms, “I Don’t Mind” captures the ephemeral feelings of love, as “it’s not easy to be a dreamer, when you’re sleeping with the wind.” Paper Bird merge the musical past with the present on “Sunday,” conjuring up doo–wop, rock and groove sounds.
•   “This is definitely the start of something exciting,” Summeril suggests. “We’re at a point in our career where we feel we’re ready to take on the world.”
Albums:
•   Anything Nameless and Joymaking (2007 — self released)
•   A Sky Underground (2009 — self released) (2010 — Park The Van Records)
•   Live at Twist and Shout (2009 — Twist & Shout Records)
•   When the River Took Flight (2010 — self released)
•   Carry On (2011 — self released)
•   Carry On RMXD: (Paper Bird Reimagined) (2012 — self released)
•   Rooms (2013 — self released)
•   Paper Bird (2016 — Thirty Tigers)
Website: http://www.paperbirdband.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperBirdBand
Bandcamp: https://paperbirdband.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperbirdband
Press: paperbird@7smgmt.com
Agent:
•   Gregg Little @ New Frontier Touring: gregg@newfrontiertouring.com
Label: http://www.thirtytigers.com/ © Photographer: Scott McCormick
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