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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.
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It was announced this week thatthe 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 prize money 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.

CATFIGHT SINGLE PROWLING: Jones The Cat launch their double A-side single on Friday night at the Small Ballroom.

JONES The Cat frontman Jack Watterson admits his wife Sophie hates his Newcastle punk band’s latest song, I Want You Still.

“I maintain it’s the angriest love song that anybody’s ever written,” Watterson said.“There’s this spoken word thing, which is basically me ranting.”

Jones The Cat will launch the track and its double A-side companion,Time Waster,at the Small Ballroom on Friday night.

It’ll be the four-piece’s first tastefromtheir forthcoming EP, which will be released through Canadianindependent label Dine Alone Records later this year.

The label release was part of Jones The Cat’s prize for winning last year’s Uni Sounds competition at Sydney’sOxford Art Factory.

Philadelphia Grand Jury frontman Simon Berckelman produced the music for the unnamed EP, while the vocals were recorded by Peter Holz (Gang Of Youths, Peking Duk).

“There’s a lot of argument about what the name of the EP should be,” Watterson joked.

Jones The Cat are also steadily building their Sydney fan base through a month-long Wednesday night residency at The Record Crate in Glebe.

BRAVE RETURNCESSNOCK country starTravis Collins will follow-up his Golden Guitar-winning album Hard Light (2016) and collaboration with Amber Lawrence, Our Backyard (2017), by releasing his new album Brave & The Broken on Friday.

The first singleoff the album, High Horse, was released in May. Collins will launchthe LP in his own backyard of Cessnock Leagues Club on Thursday night with support from Viper Creek Band and Mickey Pye.All proceeds from the night will be donated to drought-stricken farmers through Buy A Bale.

FARMERSHEARDTRAVIS Collins isn’t the only member of the music industry digging deep.Newcastle’snew music festival Scene & Heard is offering 100 free tickets to farmers for its November 4 show at Wickham Park. Other punters at the festival will also be able to donate throughcollection tins towards the Buy A Bale charity, which helps to provide food for rural stock.

WORLDLY LEECENEWCASTLE alt-country troubadour Ben Leece is renown for his poetic lyrics, so it’s little wonder he’s chosen an intriguing title for his debut solo album. No Wonder The World Is Exhausted will be released on October 19 through alt-country indie label Stanley Records.

You can catch cuts fromNo Wonder The World Is Exhausted, like lead single Villains, on Friday when Leece and his band Left Of The Dial perform at the Stag and Hunter Hotel.

B WISE COMING UPSYDNEY emerging hip-hop artist B Wise will be dropping beats at the Cambridge Hotel on October 6 during his Area Famous national tour.

The Nigerian-Australian recently premiered his new single Actin’ Different and smooth funk version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ classic Under The Bridge for triple j’s Like A Version.

FOR THE RECORDGET that spare cash ready vinyl lovers because the needle drops on the bi-annual Hunter Record Fair on Saturday at Kotara High School. Thousands of new and second-hand vinyl records are on sale across all genres.

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