Select Music, Fbi Radio and Polaroids of Androids presents
The Paper Scissors Last Gig
8:00pm, Sat 6th October, 2012
The Standard, NSW
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Firstly we’d like to thank everyone who’s been with us for the last 7 years. You helped us make music that we are immensely proud of, you let us indulge and you came and got your ears blasted and danced and made our musical lives so much fun.
We feel like we came up at a really exciting time in music in Sydney, it was at the end of a long drought and we feel like we were a part of some sort of resurgence that was happening in Sydney. We were very privileged to be able to play at awesome venues with amazing bands and with and to beautiful people.
I didn't really imagine writing this ever. I think I just mentioned the fact that I thought our band might be over to Xavier in the car one day and then we spoke to Ivan about it and he agreed. We are really proud of the records we made and the shows that we played and the art that we are leaving behind under The Paper Scissors name. It's just that we are enjoying eating breakfast together and then sending some files back and forth or recording drum tracks in my house more than we are enjoying the rest of the things that go into being a band. We will probably make some music together again, it's just that we all got a bit sick of all the things that surround the music and the (good) live shows.
Sometimes it's pretty tiring being in a band. I know to people that haven't ever been in a band that might sound a bit self piteous and indulgent, but it is hard. Playing to no one, having higher expectations for your music than what is met, the fact that it is nearly impossible to make it a career in Australia as a musician (it is a big big country, with not many people and one very fickle national radio station) all these things can grate away at you. And having done this for 7 years as a completely independent band, most of the time releasing our own records and doing everything 'cottage industry' style, we are a bit worn out and ready to do some different things.
Having said that and had our whinge - we feel so immensely privileged to have even had the chance to stand on stage or be on the radio or on TV. We got to play to thousands of people at festivals and in clubs and that is an amazing high, and to play to next to no one which is a demoralising and humbling experience, we got to program Rage which was on our (and I'm sure on many people's) bucket lists, we got to indulge almost every artistic whim we could imagine, from recording drum kits in parking lots to pretending we were dead at 27 in our film clips. We thank every person that has ever listened to us, played us on the radio, watched us live, bought a T-Shirt, told their friends about our band, helped us lug gear, helped us make music, mixed us, printed posters, anyone who has helped or graced us with your generosity and time. Mostly we'd like to thank people that listened to our music for what it is, not what they thought it should be.
The Paper Scissors.
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