Paper Bag Records


CBC Radio 3 Reports: After months of rumours and speculation, Vancouver’s highly touted, highly energized, highly entertaining (and banned-in-the-USA) five piece You Say Party! We Say Die! have informed CBC Radio 3 of their signing with indie-powerhouse Paper Bag Records of Toronto.


You Say Party! We Say Die! faced adversity late in 2006 when the band was slapped with a five year ban from entering the United States as a touring band, but the group has kept their head up and their nose to the grindstone, attracting widespread label attention despite their touring restrictions.

The band was the focus of many labels large and small, but decided a home with such label mates as Tokyo Police Club, Magneta Lane and Uncut was the most attractive option. The band’s second album, and Paper Bag debut, is entitled Lose All Time, with a scheduled release date of April 10, 2007.

Name any musical influence(s)?
Ian: Fugazi
Derek: Nick Gilder
Jon: Nick Drake
Sam: Kyuss

What new music are you currently listening to?
Ian: Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther
Derek: Band of Horses – Everything All The Time
Jon: G.G. Allin – Always Was, Is, and Always Shall Be
Sam: Young Galaxy – Swing Your Heartache 7″


Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
Ian: Sonic Youth
Derek: …And You Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Jon: All of the above
Sam: The Raveonettes

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
Ian: David Bowie
Derek: Nico
Jon: Wilco
Sam: Jimmy Page

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
Ian: The band is 1/8th Estonian.
Derek: In our spare time we enjoy getting together to sip wine and read poetry to each other.
Jon: Our real names
Sam: I was cross country running champ in High School.

Band
MySpace

Danish band Under Byen will kick off a 15-date, US tour March 2 in Boston. Frida Hyvönen will be the opening act for the majority of the dates.

Photo: Steffen Jørgensen

03/02 – Boston, MA – Museum Of Modern Art
03/05 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03/07 – Montreal, PQ – La Sala Rosa
03/08 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
03/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum
03/10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
03/11 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Art Center
03/12 – Chicago, IL – Abbey Theater
03/13 – St. Louis, MO – Renses Art Center
03/14 – Norman, OK – Opolis
03/15 – Austin, TX – SXSW Emo’s Kork Showcase
03/16 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/17 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory
03/19 – San Francsico, CA – Great American Music Hall


If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?
Don’t Look Back into the Sun – The Libertines
I Was A Lover – TV on the Radio
Alex Chilton – The Replacements

Name any musical influence(s)?
We all hold Radiohead in very high regard.

What new music are you currently listening to?
Peter, Bjorn and John is a new favourite of Dave and mine. Also, the Hold Steady’s new album is fantastic.

Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
Well, it would be a dream to open for Radiohead, but even in our dream we’d feel very unworthy of sharing a stage with them…

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
Born Ruffians or the Meligrove Band… possibly We’re Marching On. We’ve never tried to collaborate on anything with anyone before though, so I’d be really interested to see what we’d come up with.

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
Graham, Josh and I were in a high school play together that involved a scene where we play strip poker… that’s where I first really got to know them.

Band
MySpace

I caught up on backdating videos over the past month, so there’s quite a few to be seen. If you get bored and need cheap entertainment, go to the Videophile category and start watching!

“Samme Stof Som Stof”
Under Byen
Paper Bag Records
Release Date: 09|26|2006

There’s something magical in the environments some artists place themselves to foster the kind of inspiration that becomes the heartbeat of an album. Danish band, Under Byen (pronounced Oh’nah-Boon) did just that on their latest Paper Bag Records release, “Samme Stof Som Stof” (Don’t ask me what that means – like the title of a Sigur Rós song, I nod politlely like I know what means and just kick back and enjoy the music).

The band held up in an 18th century house in Brussels, complete with dilapidated leather wallpaper and creaky old floorboards – the kind of atmosphere that leaves you a little on edge. Off kilter even. And it’s evident in this body of work. The songs progress in what sounds like an inward descent to the soul. It’s an experimental and perspective-bending journey that has a beginning and a story that’s never the same, twice.

The recording process found band members challenging each other to work with unfamiliar sounds and shaping songs in less traditional ways – even editing and dropping songs late into the evening before mastering. And in the end it works… it sounds like the things you would hear cast in shadows of the brilliance of The Beach Boys, “Pet Sounds”. But, darker and more moody.

Standouts on the album for me are “Den her sang handler om at få det bedste ud af det” and “Tindrer” where the obvious comparisons to Portishead or Bjork may come. But this feels more stripped down and kind of broken. The album ends on “Slå sorte hjerte”, a kind of opus where you realize that house just may have become the album.

It’s not an album that takes you a few listens to get hooked. You are compelled from the first moment – hooked right in, wanting to see and feel more. You feel like you’re taking a walk into the deep, creaky recesses of that creepy 18th century house, afraid to stay, afraid to leave.

Web locales:
http://paperbagrecords.com/bands/under-byen
http://www.myspace.com/47795897

Label:
http://www.paperbagrecords.com/

Band members:
Henriette Sennenvaldt – vocal
Thorbjørn Krogshede – piano, etc.
Nils Gröndahl – violin/saw
Sara Saxild – bass
Stine Sørensen – drums, vocals
Morten Larsen – drums
Morten Svenstrup – cello
Anders Stochholm – this and that

[John Teeter]