New Found Glory, Heroes For Hire, Neck Deep, The Story So Far
HARIS DILLINGER (vocals) TOM BALLINGER (guitar) LUANA TG (guitar) BASIL FEBRUARY (drums)
Sum 41, Neck Deep, Blink 182, New Found Glory
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Not many bands can say they were forged in the fires of a global pandemic, but that’s exactly the origin story behind Melbourne pop-punk shooting stars, PAPERWEIGHT.
These four youngsters crashed onto the scene in May of 2020 with their debut single ‘Waster’, and in eight short months have amassed over 30K streams on Spotify, notched up multiple spins across triple j, Unearthed radio and Triple M Hard N Heavy, garnered rave reviews from key rock music tastemakers, and caught the attention of the Australian alternative scene’s premier management company, Open Door Management (Northlane, Make Them Suffer, Void Of Vision).
That’s all before playing a single live show, mind you - a feat basically unheard of in the rock music business.
PAPERWEIGHT features the talents of rhythm guitarist Luana Tosti-Guerra and drummer Basil February, two childhood friends from inner city Melbourne who team with vocalist Haris Dillinger and Ballarat-based lead guitarist Tom Ballinger to create an energetic, nostalgic blend of pop-punk music. Sonically, the band draws inspiration from the summery, American Warped Tour sounds of New Found Glory, Neck Deep and The Story So Far, but with a fresh, genre-bending and uniquely Australian twist.
PAPERWEIGHT head into 2021 with their guitars set to stun, the might of manager Roy Amar and the Open Door team in their corner, their first ever live show (a headliner) locked in for March and a debut EP on the way.
And if their noteworthy defiance of 2020’s hoodoo is anything to go by, it’s going to be a monumental year ahead for these new punks on the block.