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Brisbane indie pop rock outfit The Jensens are charged up and have dropped their brand new single Paper Walls, a fiery track about pulling yourself up out of a self-doubt spiral. Paper Walls is accompanied by a colourful, wild video clip, created in collaboration with visual artist Unclechronicbone. The single precedes The Jensens’ highly anticipated new album Hammer and Blush, scheduled for release on May 21, 2021. Set to launch Paper Walls in style with a short run of COVID-safe shows in Queensland, the band will kick off at Solbar on November 6, moving through Mo’s Desert Clubhouse on December 4 and finishing up with the official single launch at Black Bear Lodge on December 11.
Paper Walls is an explosion of energy, hooking the listener in from the opening synth line to the final descent of the bass. Evocative of The Strokes, Bloc Party and even Tame Impala, Paper Walls is a certified dancefloor-filler – it’s impossible not to picture dancing to this track in a crowded, sweaty pub. Playful toy piano punctuates the steady, thumping beat, while Joe White’s vocals tear through amongst the poppy chaos.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Joe says, “Paper walls are resolutions without any weight – like sand castle promises to yourself, washed away by the weekend. Unending internal conversations about doing more, being more, and seeing more, when you realise you’ve once again chosen bad habits over hard work. And who could blame you? But there’s still a desire for self improvement that doesn’t go away, so you turn your back on your former self, again and again. It’s not about being hard on yourself, it’s about having faith in a vision of a better version of you.”
The video for Paper Walls is a colourful, almost psychedelic romp through the life of the band; lofi and irresistible, the clip is cleverly shot in split screen, each side its own dose of frivolity showcasing The Jensens’ wholesome friendship and sense of fun. Filmed, edited and directed by James Hornsby, the clip feels like reaching the other side of a depressive episode – where everything feels colourful and fascinating again.
Paper Walls has been released ahead of The Jensens upcoming album Hammer and Blush, a stunning collection of brilliant, eclectic music from one of Australia’s most underrated bands. From the electronic dance vibes of album opener Unobtainium, to the soft groove of ZIBA, to the dreamy, graceful closer The Elegant Ones, this collection of songs is highly curated, deeply considered, and truly brilliant to behold.
Reflecting on the process of making the album, Joe explains, “I feel like we’ve covered a lot of bases on this album, both sonically and thematically. It’s taken the least time from song inception to completion too, which doesn’t mean we haven’t laboured over every track, but there’s a certain element of spontaneity. We always set out to do our best and cover new ground and I think we can truly say we’ve done that with Hammer and Blush. It’s equal parts fear of and optimism for the future, regret and pride for the past and an observation of what is.”
The Jensens are no strangers to the stage, having supported the likes of Last Dinosaurs, The Vaccines, Kingswood, Bleeding Knees Club and more, and played at iconic festivals Splendour In The Grass, Grampians Music Festival and more. Fans should get in quick to snap up tickets to these extremely exclusive shows as The Jensens live experience is not to be missed.
The Jensens is Bodi Lowrie – Spaceship, Joe White – Vocals/Guitar, Jordan Aston – Bass, Phillip Fabros – Drums & Nathan Kendall – Vocals/Guitar.
|THE JENSENS PAPER WALLS TOUR|
FRI 6 NOV | SOLBAR | SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
|FRI 4 DEC | MO’S DESERT CLUBHOUSE, BURLEIGH HEADS, QLD|
Tickets available from www.mosdesertclubhouse.com
|FRI 11 DEC | OFFICIAL SINGLE LAUNCH – BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE, QLD|
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.au
Ash Lee Interviews The Jensens
Ash: How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
The Jensens: Some of us met on the Sunshine Coast where we grew up, and we met the rest during our brief stint at university. I’ve known Bodi for about 12 years.
Ash: When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
The Jensens: We had been in bands with each other before and just wound up back together in a room making music, something cosmic that binds us. We just wanted to have fun to begin with, I think, our idols were all musicians and the only thing we cared to talk about was what everyone was listening to.
Ash: Would your 15-year-old self be happy with what you have achieved in life? What do you think you will feel nostalgic about in 40 years’ time?
The Jensens: My 15-year-old self was a good little Christian boy that just found out who the Sex Pistols were, I think I would have smiled if you showed me some sort of movie of my future. In 40 years I’ll be nostalgic for the times before things got too serious, when you’d rock up to practice with a bottle of cheap wine and we’d practice for 6 hours, it gets harder to find that kind of time.
Ash: What does the next 5 years look like for you?
The Jensens: We’ve got an album coming out, keen to play some fucking shows! Maybe at the start of the year I could have given you a run down on the next 5 years but after 2020, I think it’s pretty foolish to try and guess what the future holds.
Ash: What would you like your legacy as a musician to be? And as a person?
The Jensens: Me and a friend were talking about this recently, why do we make art? Why do we make music? It’s for the next generation, to keep passing on the tradition. Every song has already been written but that doesn’t stop us from writing more, we’re doing it so that they can do it too. Telling stories, dancing, singing together, it’s a huge part of the human experience and some of us are driven to add to the lexicon. I just want someone to tell me that they started doing it because they saw me doing it.
Ash: Do you have any memorable backstage stories?
The Jensens: The backstage is a pretty anxious space for us sometimes. We’re so eager to please everyone in the crowd that I can be having a conversation with someone and I’m completely on auto pilot. I couldn’t tell you what we were talking about, or even who was there, until we’re out on the stage doing what we do, I’m offline.
Ash: Who’s the most likely to miss a flight?
The Jensens: All of us lol. We’ve come close too many times!
Ash: What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?
The Jensens: Pharell Williams wrote Senorita for Michael Jackson, and he didn’t want it, so he gave it to Justin Timberlake.
Ash: What is the craziest behind the scenes story?
The Jensens: Filming our video was pretty ‘crazy’. A lot of beers, a lot of laughter, but it’s kinda obvious how much fun we’re having when you watch the clip.
Ash: 2020, list both a positive and a negative about this year.
The Jensens: More alone time. More alone time.
Ash: If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your family assume you’ve done?
The Jensens: Drugs.
Ash: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
The Jensens: Live with your parents and don’t pay rent for as long as you can and buy heaps of sweet musical equipment. Everyone I know that did that is doing way better than me.