Brisbane indie pop rock outfit The Jensens are charged up and 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.
The Jensens tell us their Top 5 most influential artists/bands
- David Bowie – There is no one like David Bowie, the most singular artist to come on to the scene. His chameleon-like ways crossed over so many boundaries and traditions and spliced genres into something new. His ability to make any form of expression his own is truly the most inspiring thing to any artist or musician.
2. Joy Division – Driving, simple rhythms and bass lines, melancholic, self reflective poetry. I take so much inspiration from this band and their subsequent regrouping as New Order. A punk band that wanted to make pop songs, the relinquishing of sonic aesthetic to their producer made a canonical, cult album out of 4 Manchester lads’ depressive jams. Iconic.
3. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots is a high watermark for artistic achievement. A vision so clear, a landscape of robotic warps and bleeps, midi string crescendos and cosmic laments. This band has done so many things musically and artistically, something we strive towards. Their live set is something to behold, a celebration and a ceremony of love and connection, truly remarkable.
4. MGMT – From the moment I first heard ‘Electric Feel’ as a teenager I knew this band was special. Leaving the pop catalogue of their freshmen years they quickly became THE psychedelic torch bearers of a new generation. Picking up where the flaming lips left off and utilising the wizard production skills of Dave Friedman and Sonic Boom, they continually inspire us to challenge what we know.
5. The Beatles – I absolutely could not make this list without them, their influence on us has been profound. From their humble beginnings to their redefining of what a band and an album can mean in the cultural landscape, The Beatles did it all. Every person can have a different idea of what The Beatles means to them, a different favourite album or different favourite songwriter. Watching them grow (albeit after they were no longer a band) was a special thing as I got into the Beatles. Seeing them push the limits is what inspired me to want to make music and to make music that has never been made before.
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 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
The Jensens is Bodi Lowrie – Spaceship, Joe White – Vocals/Guitar, Jordan Aston – Bass, Phillip Fabros – Drums & Nathan Kendall – Vocals/Guitar. https://www.thejensensband.com
THE JENSENS – PAPER WALLS (offical single artwork)
Hammer and Blush
2. River of Gold
3. Bert & Ernie
5. Paper Walls
6. Disappear From The World Forever
7. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But I’ll Do It With You)
8. The Elegant Ones
9. Internally, Eternally
12. Mobile Radio
13. One Good Picture Of The Sun
14. Truth Hurts Most
15. Data Miracle