Artist info


Punk, Rock

band members

Josh Mann - Vocals/Guitar, Tom Crosby - Drums, Mike Smith - bass, Max Hunt - Guitar.

Unearthed artists we like

My Echo, The Sinking Teeth, Grenadiers, Luca Brasi



ROLLING STONE – 4 Stars "Paper Arms have finally got it right"
THE BRAG – 4 Stars "One of the strongest Australian punk releases this year."
KILL YOUR STEREO – 4.5 Stars "A triumphant album."
THE MUSIC – 3.5 Stars "Paper Arms are embracing their finest hour."

Over the last 7 years, Paper Arms have acheived a great deal. Touring Australia relentlessly with some of rock music's best, appearing on Australia’s Big Day Out, Soundwave and Hits & Pits festivals, releasing two classic albums and touring Europe three times. But the feather in the band’s hat came in 2015.

While most people were relaxing over the Christmas break of 2014, Paper Arms were locked away in Adelaide’s Capitol Sound studios recording their 3rd full length album, Great Mistakes. It’s an album written in spite of the 800km distance that formed between the band and vocalist Josh Mann. It’s an album that was written in spite of the loss of a founding member. And it is an album that is hopelessly optimistic in spite of it all. If 2013’s often heartbreaking, ‘The Smoke Will Clear’ was a funeral, Great Mistakes is a celebratory wake.

Running the gammut from punk-rock to grunge to spacey epics, the album sees the band taking their wide range of influences, and weaving them together as if they we always meant to be. With lyrics ranging from a final farewell to old love to a cathartic “fuck you” to out of touch politicians, Great Mistakes is the album Paper Arms have been working towards since their first show in 2008. The smoke did clear and this is what they found.