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The Paper Scissors [interview]

Recently name-checked by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the buzz bands to watch in 2008, The Paper Scissors are long time favorities of Lost At E Minor. We caught up with frontman Jai Pyne and asked him what they’d been up to over the past few months: ‘It’s been hectic. We put the record out — Less Talk More Paper Scissors, we then have toured it all over Australia, and were really happy with how it was received, by crowds, the media, and the industry in general. We’ve enjoyed getting to some places that we haven’t visited before, and seeing some great bands on the road too. And it’s been very rewarding to see people singing along and knowing that they actually have the album. Or at least burnt it! The last few months have unfortunately also seen the departure of our drummer Bryce Stacker. He has moved on to working on his business and is still playing music, but just not as full on for a while. We’ve just got a new drummer, Ivan Lisyak, who plays with another Sydney band, Belles Will Ring. So we have been welcoming him in TPS style, by throwing him on stage without any rehearsals! Also we have put our record out in the UK through Proper Distribution and have hired publicists there, and we are planning on getting there in the first half of 2008. In between that, we have slept and eaten’. Being the prolific writer that we know you are, you no doubt have a stack of new songs tucked away on your computer. Any gem gems? ‘So yes, in this quiet time, I‘ve finally had the chance to start working on some new music for TPS, and have also been working on Pork Pies, my solo project, playing some shows — including one with Ben Kweller — and doing demos for an Ep next year. I hope they are gems, but it’s just nice to have started really enjoying getting back into singing and playing guitar and writing again, so we are going to start trading demos and working out songs with the band, which should be exciting. And I bought a drum kit, so I’m relearning drums’. If push came to shove, the Paper Scissors would … ‘cut you softly and then make you a cup of tea’.

Listen to The Paper Scissors track, The Bandit.