’Plane’s debut set to soar, ’Jam’s a rich mix

Debut ready to take flight...PaperPlane
Debut ready to take flight...PaperPlane

IN a bumper year for local bands releasing their debut albums, a showcase gig at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre closes out this month.

Todmorden band PaperPlane have spent around two years recording their debut set Draw Your Own Holes, unveiled at the concert on Saturday, July 30 (8pm), for which tickets are £6.

The three-piece, comprising Jack Bennett (vocals/guitar), Kristian Arak (bass) and Kristian “Readie” Read (drums) have been working on the 11-tracker under the aegis of Peter Troughton at Studio Studio, Whitworth, mixing electric and acoustic tracks, with a quartet of violinists on one track and the Whitworth School Choir also used.

With all three contributing to the music and lyrics largely penned by Bennett, old favourites like Under The Influence and Runway nestle alongside ambitious new material like closer And In The End, I’ll Build A Time Machine.

Through gigging in local venues around Halifax, Todmorden and Huddersfield - they’ve developed a considerable following, spurring on a headline show at Manchester Club Academy.

Fresh off the back of a seven night tour with Swedish band You Ate My Dog (YAMD), PaperPlane will embark on a UK tour following the launch of Draw Your Own Holes.

Support comes from another band of Todmorden favourites, the Bambinos.

Today PaperPlane were being interviewed by Phoenix FM and they have already started to promote the album, even managing to get a copy to Canadian indie star Dallas Green!

They will also play some dates in Sweden with YAMD later in the year.

l EARLIER this year Scottish independent label Distilled Records issued the debut album by Hebden Bridge band Pepperjam.

Taxi To Whitby, the result, is an excellent piece of work recorded by the five-piece - Lorry Dowling (guitars and vocals), Nige Barrow (cello and bass), Kate Wild (vocals and percussion), Woody (drums and percussion) and Charlie Griffiths (keyboards).

Based around Lorry’s songs, Pepperjam started out playing around Hebden’s local pubs and clubs, initially as a three-piece (guitar, cello and percussion), gradually dveloping and growing into the larger ensemble heard on Taxi To Whitby.

The collective past histories of the band members include Black, The Ukranians, James, Little Chief, Laurel Aitken and The Pressure Tenants to name a few, so the music has a rich well to draw from.

All the arrangements are entirely original and a collaboration effort of the band, arrived at by jamming and performing, constantly opening the songs up to fresh ideas and interpretations.

It is available on CD from www.distilledrecords.com and download from www.mega-media.co.uk.