Paper Dragon

Demos Batch 3 released

Q: Band, congratulations on the release of Demos Batch 3, published on your Music page today, the Spring Equinox. I know it's not the season, but in honor of the occasion i baked you a pumpkin pie. [Offers pie]

A: Wow, thanks Quincey! I love pumpkin pie.

K: Me too!

A: [Eating] Mmm.

K: [Eating] So good.

Q: So tell me about this new batch of demos.

A: Well, it was going to be seven songs, but then we composted one to fertilize a future crop. That left us with six songs, which isn't prime.

K: We avoid composite numbers.

A: So we set one aside for later, which made a hearty batch of five.

Q: "Your Friends They May All be Dead" is a catchy song with a strange title. What's it about?

K: Well, the lyrics for the song first started out as random murmurs that kind of fit the melody, and then those random murmurs somehow evolved into the words "your friends they may all be dead." I was certain this was just placeholder text, but at some point I had sung those words so many times, I couldn't imagine it any other way. So then I had to figure out what the heck "your friends they may all be dead" meant, which wasn't too hard as I was going through a strange situation with some investors and feeling very unsupported, so the song became about that experience.

Q: "What Is Our Life?"—

A: What is our life?

Q: What a sad song! How did it arise?

A: The beginning riff and melody came to me first, then i needed some haunting words to accompany them. So i searched my high school poetry book and found the poem by Sir Walter Raleigh, which i tried using on another occasion to no avail. This time it was a perfect fit, and when i wrote the ending melody, tears pooled in my eyes. So sad and sweet. I don't believe the poem, but i sympathize with its sentiment.

Q: This question comes from my flatmate, who is a fan.

K: Another fan?!

Q: Are roller coasters still fun for you?

K: I haven't ridden a roller coaster in decades, but they are still very fun in my mind.

A: I don't know. I think i'd get dizzy on one these days.

Author: Paper Dragon
Date: 2019-09-23
Tags: demos
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Demos Batch 2 released

Today is the Winter Solstice down under, the longest night of the year. To celebrate, we're publishing a new batch of homemade demos, then sleeping extra. Syncing our releases with the changing seasons seems natural. You can find this batch, along with the previous one, on our Music page. Enjoy!


Q: What does your music mean to you?

K: It means a chance to get out of the house and interact with other humans, make loud noises, and share a tiny piece of my soul.

A: My best song ideas come from the other side, from a timeless realm of wonder and delight. They're echoes from the other side, saying without words, "Read the hints. Come at last."

Q: Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

K: Yes.

Q: ...

K: ...

A: ...

Q: Tell us about your next gig.

K: We're playing at the Portland Public House in Kingsland on 8 August. We'll be appearing as a duo, a trio, and possibly a quartet all in one hour long set!

A: Leaving the Mt Eden nest.

Q: Exciting. This next question comes from my seven-year-old niece, who is a fan.

K: Aw, that's cute.

Q: Would you rather kiss a boy or a frog?

A: Pass.

K: Depends if I am in princess mode or not.

Q: Are you two a couple?


A: Yes.

K: No.

Author: Paper Dragon
Date: 2019-06-22
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Demos Batch 1 released

Today Kate and i celebrate Paper Dragon's birthday number one. Hip hip hooray! Over the past year we have written thirty-nine songs, played two open mic sessions and two garden parties, grown from two members to three to four to three to two, and spent approximately one hundred fifty hours practicing in my basement, bumping our heads on its low beams.

In honor of this momentous occasion, we are dining on dumplings and, more relevant to you, dear reader, publishing our first batch of homemade demo recordings. You can find them on our Music page for your listening (with headphones) pleasure. Enjoy and share!


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 eleven fans now. Eclectic? Our songs mix bits of 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: True, and Kate writes all her own lyrics. That's why she's so slow making songs :-)

Q: What have you learned from this band?

K: That putting yourself out there is scary, but also, people will still like you if you play a wrong note, or forget the words, or even train wreck to the point where you have to stop playing entirely.

A: To sing better and in public. It's not terrible. In fact, i like it. But whenever i start to feel like i'm putting on a show, i try to return to stillness, the source of authentic performance. It feels better that way, and i think people respond best to that mode of play.

Q: What does the future hold for Paper Dragon?

A: Our crystal ball is cloudy, but we are preparing another show, this time with Kate on drums. After that, tour the entirety of Mt Eden? Then onto Kingsland? I have a connection in Kingsland.

K: I don't count as a connection.

A: Hmm, maybe Mt Albert then.

Author: Paper Dragon
Date: 2019-05-02
Tags: demos
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