atjf interview :: papercranes

After the Jump presents Papercranes, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, performing during the day on the Main Street stage at 12:50pm.

Listen :: Treasures

MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?

PAPERCRANES: Its been a long road to the current and most rewarding line up for Papercranes. We all have had and continue to have side projects that enrich and inspire the band as a whole.

MIA: Describe the feeling of playing in New York, feel free to share a memory or a certain place (bar, restaurant, record store) that makes you feel like home.

PAPERCRANES: It can be difficult at times, getting our gear to places in cabs, but the excitement of the city and it’s musical history is always worth it. We are fond of Other Music record store and Mercury Lounge as a live venue.

MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?

PAPERCRANES: Rehearsing at our drummer Dave Lebleu’s place in Long Island City is our go to, get ready for shows spot. He has roof access and we go up there to chat and look at the skyline between sets. We recently have most enjoyed rehearsing ‘warrior face’ from our upcoming record.

MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?

PAPERCRANES: Radiohead “In Rainbows”, The Besnard Lakes “The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse”, and Handsome Furs “Plague Park” to name a few. I like these records because they are interesting and exciting. These bands are trying things that are different from the norm while remaining satisfying and catchy.

MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.

PAPERCRANES: There are too many artists to name just one. I do believe art influences art.

MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.

The theme is: Heavy Rotation!

All I NeedRadiohead [In Rainbows, 2007]
Handsome Furs Hate This CityHandsome Furs [Plague, 2008]
Did You See the WordsAnimal Collective [Feels, 2005]
The CowshedFionn Regan [The End of History, 2006]
TequestaThe Mercury Program [A Data Learn the Language, 2002]

.images credits and thankyou to papercranes.

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2 Responses

  1. Anne

    I love there answer to what artist or piece of art inspires them – Art inspires art and life does to. I can’t imagine art of any kind being completely void of any influence. It is an impossibility!

  2. My Guitar Buddies

    The Papercranes

    Found these Papercrane videos on youtube, and although the quality has much to be desired, under the bad acustics you can her promise emerging.
    Music is art did and interview with them and I thought I would bring it to you in full