The Paper Scissors rock the Troubadour

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Siobhan Hegarty

Three unique acts, the cozy comfort of red velvet couches, an atmosphere of cordiality and the coolest kids in Brisbane’s music scene. This was Fortitude Valley’s, The Troubadour, last Friday night. Gathering to celebrate the launch of The Paper Scissors’ (TPS) new “Howl EP” the youthful crowd was abuzz in affable solidarity.

Having naively never attended a gig at the Troubadour before, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I will outwardly profess my adoration for The Paper Scissors, but with little knowledge regarding almost every other crucial concert factor – the venue, the dress code and the supporting acts Ernest Ellis and The Cairos – I was beginning to think I’d walked into a realm of obscurity. Such darkness, however, lasted only for the trip up the venue’s stairs. For decked out with vintage light hangings and the odd plastic deer’s head, The Troubadour’s interior shed a scarlet-tinted light onto any uncertainty.

Arriving early, for concert standards, my friend and I easily located a snug sofa from which to nestle into the easy-listening tones of Ernest Ellis and his accompanying ensemble. With husky vocals and mellow yet heartening melodies, Ernest Ellis’ set was amiably greeted by the early-bird bunch. His folky tunes, including the recently released “Bad Blood” formed a sociable atmosphere amongst the small group.

The clock ten as Brisbane band, The Cairos, took to the Troubadour stage. By this point, the number of gig-goers had noticeably increased – a positive sign for the fresh-faced musical youngsters. Despite having performed at the Ekka earlier in the day, the band maintained an energised engagement throughout the set. Jump-worthy songs tempted audience members out of seats and to their feet. Having been previously unacquainted to the band and their style of music, I found myself likening The Cairos to cheese – the type that will improve with age (and experience). Each song was solid in an indie, new age rock sort of way, but it felt as though the fantastic recipe was lacking a single, secret ingredient. Perhaps, as repeatedly requested by lead singer Alistar Richardson, ‘more vocals’, was the missing link. Despite this, The Cairos filled the venue with an exciting anticipation. Sounding slightly similar to popular Brisbane band, Yves Klein Blue, particularly during the track Madame Mina from the EP “Lost at Sea”, The Cairos’ potent performance enforced why they have moved past the support act typecast. Needless to say the post punk beats induced a fair share of head shaking and leg jiggling dance moves.

The Cairos

The Cairos

Whilst Ernest Ellis and The Cairos both received warm welcomes, it was clear who the crowd was there to see. Charming the room with eclectic, deliciously catchy tunes The Paper Scissors managed to saturate every nook and cranny with a magical sense of musicality. Performing tracks from both their 2007 debut album “Less Talk More Paper Scissors” and the recent “Howl EP”, TPS obligingly treated the audience to old favorites and new showstoppers. The distinctive voice of lead singer, Jai Daniel Pyne, resonated from the walls of the building to the hearts of the people. Each subtle nuance added depth to the entertaining lyrics, whilst drums kept rhythm for the audience to dance to. Having recently switched from a four to three piece act, TPS was apologetic for the limited number of songs still in their repertoire. Upon finishing the set, the band was met by a room full of ‘encore!’ Charitably giving in to the unified request, TPS returned to finish the night with a re-performance of the popular Yamanote Line. Spirits were as high as the crowd’s ‘woah-ing’ was loud, the perfect equilibrium.

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