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The Paper Kites Announce New Album 'At The Roadhouse'

22 May 2023 | 9:22 am | Mary Varvaris

The Paper Kites became an eight-piece during the recording of 'At The Roadhouse'.

Photo of The Paper Kites

Photo of The Paper Kites (Credit: Nick McKinlay)

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Melbourne folk/rock outfit The Paper Kites have announced that their new album, At The Roadhouse, will be released on Friday, 1 September, via Wonderlick.

With the announcement of At The Roadhouse arrives a new single, Hurts So Good, following the previously released tracks, The Sweet Sound Of You and Till The Flame Burns Blue. Check out Hurts So Good below.

Recorded as an eight-piece, the quintet of Sam Bentley (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica), Christina Lacy (backing vocals, piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, guitars), David Powys (backing vocals, guitar, banjo), Samuel Rasmussen (bass) and Josh Bentley (drums) were joined by Hannah Cameron (backing vocals, organs, piano, percussion), Chris Panousakis (backing vocals, guitars, percussion) and Matt Dixon (pedal steel, guitars), forming the Roadhouse Band.  

“This album came from a month-long residency we played last year in a small Victorian town called Campbells Creek,” the band wrote on Facebook yesterday. “The shows were free and unannounced, we performed as an 8-piece house with the addition of Matt Dixon, Hannah Cameron & Chris Panousakis.

“Each night we would play two sets totalling 16 songs - all of which have been recorded and included on this record. The album cover is a photo taken outside of The Roadhouse by Dara Munnis before one of the shows - and perfectly captures the nights spent at this venue.” At The Roadhouse will be available in CD, digital and “very special” 180-gram double vinyl pressed in Sunset Burst and Cadillac Blue variants.

“We're immensely proud of this album and the shows we performed at The Roadhouse, and everyone involved in making it such a special time. We look forward to sharing it with you.” You can pre-order the album here.

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Sam Bentley said in a press release that At The Roadhouse stemmed from a “collective dream” the band had and subsequently tried to “manifest into a real place”. He added, “It was a venue that we’d talked about over the years, a place for people to come and hear music.

“We wanted it to be a combination of all the greatest dive bars you’d ever been to, late-night watering holes, smoky taverns, biker bars - but it didn’t exist, so we had to build it, and then we had to try and fill it.”