LA-based alternative-pop band Paper Jackets recently released their new single “Drugs & Honey”. This is the first song written by the band since coming out of quarantining for the better part of the first half of the year. It offers up darker, more serious lyrics that are shrouded by an upbeat sound. We had a chance to catch up with the band below.

Talk about your style of music, and the influences you have as a band

Being influenced by today’s trends and a modern sound, we also have a lot of love for the greats such as The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, Paul Simon, Prince, The Police, acts that our parents introduced us to. We try to take our cues from legacy artists we grew up listening to.  Bands of today we really dig and would love to tour with are Mother Mother, The 1975, Haim, Empire of the Sun and so on.  We actually have a playlist on our Spotify you can check out that is pretty diverse that we jam too on the road. 

How has the pandemic affected you as an artist?

Significantly affected luckily not infected. Just like everyone else we’ve taken a huge hit from the pandemic. There is no positive spin just only what we know today. Taking it day by day. 

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

We aim to create strong emotional responses with the music we make. I think there’s too many bands that sound too similar. Our biggest goal is creating something fresh but not reinventing the wheel. 

Talk about your release of “Drugs & Honey” What is it all about?

Drugs & Honey is about what we do to feel good. Sort of a hidenistic lens we’re capturing all the brilliant colors with.. we think of our music as a kaleidoscope of colorful sounds and unexpected fractures. 

What are some trends you are noticing in the music industry right now?

We like the live streams bands are doing at these makeshift soundstages. There’s a ton of production value in some of the ones we’ve seen recently. Who knows how long the trends will last, but we are seeing a big jump to virtual concert experiences and things of that nature.  

Listen to “Drugs & Honey” below.