Lion Papers

We sat down with Indie duo Lion Papers to talk upcoming gigs, influences and new music.

Interview by Jane Howkins

We interviewed you back in 2015. How have things changed for you as a band since then?

We’ve written a load more songs, supported some great bands and ventured out into Leeds and Sheffield! We’re planning on focusing our efforts into the band come September as we’ve been mega busy recently!

You’re from the York and Leeds area. How do you find the music scene compares between both cities? Obviously Leeds is larger, but York also seems to have a great underground scene. Which do you prefer playing in?

York by far, purely because people know us, we know the bands and promoters, we feel very comfortable! Whereas we love the scene in leeds, it’s quite hard to find the right show, and whether people will be there!

 You have an upcoming gig at Fibbers on August 11th. Are you looking forward to it?

Yeah! It’s going to be a great show, we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves for our set and we’ve got some great bands playing with us!

Have you played at Fibbers before? Despite having moved a couple of years ago, it’s a bit of an institution here in York. Do you consider playing there a milestone?

We’ve played Fibbers countless times now, it’s always an honour to play there, it’s a great venue, the fact that it’s one of the only places in York that has touring bands is a big thing, playing there usually opens us up to new fans. And We’ve known Tim (Fibbers Promoter) for a while now, we always have a good laugh with him, and we always know that he puts on the best shows!

What can people expect from a Lion Papers gig, and why do you think people should come and see you perform? We’ve heard good things about your shows!

We’re different, we have a lot of energy and we feel that rubs off onto the crowd, there’s a lot of people that take being in a band for granted nowadays, we take pride in the fact we work hard when playing our shows and want to put on the best gig we can with what we have!

 You’re playing with The Receivers, Serotones, and Mice On Mars. Are you fans of those bands, and how do you pick your support?

Well we’ve played with Serotones countless times now and we love them, they’re a great bunch of lads and they’re really really good! We’ve knew Alex who is in The Recievers from when we all used to play old Fibbers in different outfits, we saw them support Part Time Miserables and thought they were just great! And we’ve seen Mice on Mars do the rounds of York a lot recently and heard some really good things so we thought it’d be great to have them on. When picking supports we like to pick bands that might not be playing as many gigs as they deserve to be, we’ve spent years trying to get some shows so we just like to showcase how many great bands York has!

What/who are you influenced by, and what have you been listening to at the moment?

We get influenced by anything really, we mainly get influenced by bands such as Kasabian, Catfish, 1975, not because we sound like them purely because they put on great shows and that makes us want to do that aswell. Recently I’ve (Jimmy) been listening to The Amazons a lot, and a little band called Fronteers, they’re really good. I’ve (Curtis) not been able to stop listening to Kasabians new album, it packs a punch and its addictive!

Are there any bands in the York/Leeds scene that you recommend we check out? What gigs have you been to in the area recently?

All our Support bands you should check out, they’re all really talented. If you haven’t already, check out Faux Pas they’re good friends of our and they’re just insanely good at what they do. We saw Marsicans at Live at Leeds recently and they are a really infectious band. There’s loads in York its such a great scene to be part of, Borderline, The Regime, Glass Traps, Violet Contours, Safeguard, the range of talent in this city is unreal.

Will you be releasing any music in the near future? If so, what can you tell us about that?

Hmm, we’ve recorded two new songs but we’re planning on collaborating with some labels for our next release, maybe wiping the slate cleanish, you’ll hear some new songs after the summer and maybe some revamped old ones!

Any last words for the fans?

11th August, Fibbers