It’s time to send out that email newsletter query – you know the one: “Do you want to stay on and receive news about PAPERMAPS?” We’ll be doing that soon…so heads up…meanwhile…we’ll be at the Dance Cavetonight (529 Bloor St. West, Toronto / above Lees Palace) playing live at 8:30PM in support of Tin Star Orphan’s double vinyl release…lot’s of instagraming to follow.
June is a big part of festival season here in Toronto. There are two major “rock music” festivals held here: CMW and NxNE. Being a good little local indie rock act, I applied to both festivals and was pleased to learn that we were accepted to both for a third year in a row. For reasons outlined in THIS ARTICLE we were ousted from the NxNE lineup this year (or rather, given a rather uncouth ultimatum). Even though one festival is regarded by some of my more “hip” friends as somehow being “more cool” than the other, in the interest of my own mental health I opted to play the festival that spat less bile at me. To be honest, I don’t give a single fuck about what festival is “cool,” or “hip” or whatever – I care more about how I’m treated as an artist and a human being. For the record, I really don’t favour one festival over the other. The two festivals are about 34 days apart and so, being a good little local indie rock act, I always knew that we would be playing a show in June here in Toronto one way or the other. So here it is:
We will be appearing in support of our good friends, 5th Projekt on Wednesday, June 18 at The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Ave, just South of Dundas W). Our set time is 9:45PM. The cover is a nominal $5. The show is being called FUNxNE, and that’s pronounced “Fun by North East.”
What better way to welcome a new phase in the creative output of a band than to package their entire output into one nifty bundle? Well, that’s exactly what were doing!!! [But who are we kidding - every release has been a "new phase," hasn't it!?!]
In each of these rare bundles (I only had enough material to assemble 7) you will get:
A signed copy of the latest Papermaps Album, Darker Lights (2013) on CD [includes a lyric booklet]
A signed copy of Inferior Ghost (2012) on 12-inch vinyl [no download code]
A signed copy of the debut EponymousAlbum (2011) on CD
A numbered and signed copy of “Reunion/Banana Rep.” on 7-inch vinyl
FIVE 11×17-inch tour posters that you can hang on your bedroom/jamspace/garage wall ranging in age from 2011 to 2014!
Immediate online access to Darker Lights if you order from bandcamp (just because)
It’s been a while since I’ve played a live show. Not since November of 2013(!), so I’m glad to announce three live Toronto appearances in the coming weeks. Two solo shows by yours truly: Saturday, April 19, 6PM at the excellent Cabin Fever Collective cafe and record store (1669 Bloor St. West) and Saturday April 26, 9PM at the venerable Rancho Relaxo (300 College St.). PAPERMAPS (full band) will be playing this years’ Canadian Music Week at the Velvet Underground (508 Queen St. West) on Wdnesday, May 7, 9PM (sharp!). Also on the CMW showcase bill are The Lost Chord and Waterbodies.
Time to share, share, share our latest video directly. So here it is.
Directed by Daniel Ehrenworth, here is a hidden narrative woven into juxtaposed scenes comprised of found footage, symbolic objects and meticulously constructed scenes involving two actresses interspersed with circuit-bent VHS footage of the lead vocalist (i.e. me). Enjoy mentally dissecting this!
Kudos to Timur Musabay for his analogue circuit bending skills.
“The video marks the directorial debut of photographer Daniel Ehrenworth. Through distorted lenses, decomposing videotape, and discarded old film, he tells an interwoven story of past lives, performing birds, and a naked lady bound to a staircase.”
So here we are performing our song, The Hedonist for later broadcast on Sirius XM, The Verge and Iceberg. We posted photos of this session a few months back. We actually recorded 5 selections from Darker Lights that day – so we have a bonus EP on our hands! The next question is, what do we do with it?
In other Papermaps news…
Our next single, Shadow Theatre will drop on February 24th and a new music video is soon to appear. Stay tuned!!