ALBUM REVIEW (2008)
'GOLDEN SOUNDS' MUSIC VIDEO (2009)
The seed of what was to become Paper Planes sprouted back in 1998 for the express purpose of showcasing singer/guitarist Claire Birchall’s 4-track recordings in a live setting. By mid 2001, the name Paper Planes was first used, and with a settled four-piece line-up, and an edgier, tougher sound, Paper Planes began playing regular headline gigs as well as supporting a range of established local and international bands., from Ed Kuepper to Magic Dirt, to Catpower and Band of Horses.
After several years of focusing on developing their live performance and sound, the band entered Birdland Studios to record “You’re a Winner” and “Do it for the kids”. Along with Claire on guitar and vocals, the band featured sister Rebecca Birchall on keyboard, guitar and backing vocals, Adam Pacula on drums and Mark Brant on bass. The songs were released in 2007 by Norwegian label Best Unbeaten Brother as a 7” white vinyl single, and received airplay on 3RRR, PBS, Triple J, and several European radio stations. In response to the single, Nic Dalton from Half A Cow Records stated: "Classic songs, inspired lyrics. Paper Planes could easily be one of the major-players in Australia. They ROCK!"
Following the successful launch of the single, Paper Planes returned to Birdland, this time with bass player Adam Doherty, to record the rest of the songs for their debut self-titled album. Released in July 2008 through local independent label Night Owl Records, the response from fans and the wider industry was overwhelmingly positive to say the least, with Mess+Noise magazines review stating it was an “extraordinarily textured, accomplished and sumptuous rock album”, and finishing with the astonishing quote “Words fail me. Perfect.”
Paper Planes again returned to Birdland in 2009, with new bass player Brad Young, to record “Golden Sounds” and ”Safe and Sound”. Night Owl Records released the songs as a 7” single at the end of the year. Head-nodding old school indie rock soaked in sunshine, with just enough shade to keep the pop-police at bay, the single was another sonic step forward for the band. The Planes continued their steady run of rocking shows, and a music video for “Golden Sounds” scored some airtime on ABC TV’s ‘Rage’.
The following year, after a decade of gigging and recording, the Planes sadly disbanded. Claire again returned to solo projects, and is currently fronting a new outfit, Claire Birchall & The Phantom Hitchhikers. With all of the members of the Planes unwilling to call the band ‘done and dusted’, someday, we may still see a Paper Planes reunion. We just don’t know when…