Paper Thin ready to make Hard Yards victory count


CHEERS: Newcastle band Paper Thin are touring nationally with Alex Lahey, Tired Lion and Waax after winning the VB Hard Yards competition. Picture: Kane HibberdNEWCASTLE punk band Paper Thin plan to record their long-awaited debut album with greater “scope” following their victory in the NSW leg of the VBHard Yards competition.

It was announced on Monday that the emo three-piece had beaten Sydney bandsHurst andGaspar Sanz in the public vote to join the national Hard Yards tour in October alongside Gold Coast all-girl punk band Being Jane Lane and Melbourne post-punk band Claws & Organs.

Newcastle’s Raave Tapes will headline the free Cambridge Hotel Hard Yards show on October 5, while Alex Lahey (Melbourne), Tired Lion (Sydney) and Waax (Brisbane) will perform in the other cities.

Besides the opportunity to tour with major Australian indie acts, Paper Thin have also received $5000 in prizemoney and free rehearsal space.

The band of Spencer Scott (bass, vocals), Aidan Roe (guitar, vocals) and Liam Tobin (drums) have released two EPs, Paper Thin (2016) and Living With. Being Without (2017), and are halfway through writing a debut album.

“It just means whenever the album is ready we can go straight in and record it and we won’t have to worry about money,” Scott said.

“We can maybe increase the scope of it and do more with it, because we’re not financially strained.”

More than 4000 votes were received for the competition and Scott said Paper Thin was humbledby the parochial home town support. The band is desperate to make it count.

“It definitely feels like an opportunity and we’re aware that it wouldn’t have happened if a bunch of people didn’t support us and vote for us, so we’re super appreciative and going to enjoy it as much as we can,” Scott said.

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