Don’t say we didn’t warn you, but Melbourne’s Paperweight are set to light up the Australian music scene this year. After dropping stellar pop punk anthems like ‘The Kids on the Ground’ and ‘Stuck Out Stateside’ in the midst of Melbourne’s lockdown throughout 2020, this bright-eyed young four piece skyrocketed to #6 on our Pop Punk Class of 2021 (just surpassing pop punk throwback kings, Skyway!)
The band have since garnered the attention of Destroy All Lines’ Chris O’Brien and have signed a deal with his management company, Open Door Management, joining bands like Australian metalcore heavyweights Northlane, Make Them Suffer and Void of Vision.
To celebrate this huge milestone for a band who’ve barely even played a show, Paperweight have unleashed their brand new single, ‘Whisper Games’. Featuring an impressive yet melodic riff that throws back to your high school days, it’s a super catchy tune, taking inspiration from Sum 41’s All Killer, No Filler days and there’s even a lyric in there that feels like it was straight out of ‘Fat Lip’! Following all the great pop punk icons of the early 2000s, ‘Whisper Games’ takes the piss and fires aim at social media influencers. Vocalist Haris Dillinger shares:
“Whisper Games is a song about valuing authenticity. All too often we tend to compare ourselves to others in a negative light whilst not releasing most of what we see is disconnected from reality – the “highlights reel” of social media is an impossible standard.
This song was written about valuing what is real, the good, the bad and everything in between – because, at the end of the day, what will be remembered is the things that make you who you are, not the things you pretend to be.”
Open Door’s Chris O’Brien shares his excitement about adding this upcoming pop punk act to the roster:
“When I first heard PAPERWEIGHT’s music it took me back to the 90’s pop punk explosion of not taking yourself seriously, great choruses and a fun live show. For such a young band It was a no brainer to come on board and help take them to the next level globally. ‘Whisper Games’ is the tip of the iceberg and we can’t wait to unleash the next chapter!”
Expect ‘Whisper Games’ to be in your playlist rotation for weeks coz this song is hella catchy, oozes fun and summer throwbacks to US’s Warped Tour days.
Words By Tamara May (@citylightstam)