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Paper Dragon is a Mt Eden Unpop™ band from Auckland, New Zealand composed of and by Kate Riegle van West and Alex Raichev. They write all sorts of songs, often set poems to music, and banter a good bit.


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"Sweet sprites, the burden bear. Hark, hark! Bow-wow."
~William Shakespeare

"For they dance and drink and sing, till some blind hand shall brush their wing."
~William Blake

"Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun. Now I may wither into the truth."
~William Butler Yeats, on the coming of wisdom upon listening to Paper Dragon


Q: You describe your music as Mt Eden unpop.

A: Unpop™

Q: Yes, what do you mean by that?

A: I don't know exactly, especially since we have at least eleven fans now. Eclectic? Our songs mix pop, rock, folk, Afrobeat, and Latin in characteristic Mt Eden style.

Q: You set a lot of poems to music. Why is that?

K: Alex's lyrical genius is dumb, so he steals words from dead poets.

A: 'Tis true, 'tis true, and Kate writes all her own lyrics. That's why she's so slow finishing songs :-)

Q: Do you play covers?

K: No, we play our own tunes.

Q: Will you play Yesterday by the Beatles?

A: Yes.

Q: Really?

K: No.

Q: If you could be a bean, what kind of bean would you be?

A: Scarlet Runner!

K: Jelly bean! Marshmallow flavored.