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Paperfriend

Sounds likeBiffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic, Deaf Havana
LocationMaidstone

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

We are Paperfriend from Maidstone, UK. We are inspired by awesome British bands such as Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic and Deaf Havana. We describe our music as emo, owing to the honest lyricism and the atmosphere of our songs.

Our line-up is as follows:

Dean Ince – vocals, guitar
Andy Beck – drums
Matt Ladbrooke – bass

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

Mental Health is a really important topic at the moment and as we have all suffered with it in various ways in the past we want to be open and honest with our experiences. Our mental health struggles have made us stronger not only as a band but also as individuals.

We perform with great energy and chemistry as all three of us have been best mates since our school days. We feel this helps us to stand out on stage as the audience can see that we are all really close friends, and that also translates into how much fun and banter we have when performing.

In terms of our music we like to write songs that people can relate to. Over the last year or so we’ve introduced background ambience to our sound which really helps to fill out our songs both in the studio and live.

What’s your back-story?

We started out in 2015 and went through a couple of drummers until we drafted Andy in. We’re all best mates which helps the band to work really well and it means we don’t really have any behind-the-scenes dramas or anything.

We write songs almost from an autobiographical perspective – our new EP Mental Health is the most personal work we’ve ever done. We feel that the best way for our fans to connect to our material is if we pour our heart and soul into writing our songs.

We prefer to record and produce our material ourselves as it helps the band to stay financially viable, and also the DIY nature of the recordings adds to the personal nature of our songs.

What are you working on at the moment?

We have just released our brand new EP Mental Health and we promoted the buildup of the release with a run of shows around the South East. The EP is currently available to stream everywhere but we are also working on a limited run of physical releases (CDs and possibly cassettes).

We have just released a music video for our track Gone, which is a collection of footage taken at our show we did in Folkestone — this was our fiftieth live show and we wanted to make something special to remember it by.

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