With seven members, cold and flu season can take a toll on a band. This is the case for Denver-based folk band Paper Bird.
“We’re all a little sick right now,” says Mark Anderson. “It’s not a good time because we’re just about to head out on tour in a week or so. We’re just all working on trying to get better and be our best when we get out there.”
Anderson joined the band as drummer nearly two years ago.
“It’s funny the way it happened because my sister, Sarah, is a singer in the band,” he explains. “As I was telling the band that they need a drummer, I think they saw it as my way of trying to get into the band.”
The suggestion worked out and Anderson is a full-fledged member. The band also consists of Sarah Anderson, Genevieve Patterson, Esme Patterson, Caleb Summeril, Paul DeHaven and Macon Terry.
With He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19
WHERE: Sol at Santa Fe Brewing, 37 Fire Place, Santa Fe
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At the end of last year, the band holed up in a house and recorded its new album, “Rooms,” which will be released this spring.
Anderson says the band wrote the entire album in two months – in separate rooms.
“The dynamic in the band is awesome because all seven of us are songwriters,” he says. “This helps us be more prepared heading into recording. We also came up with the album name because we recorded the songs in various rooms around the house. It is representative of the band and the process we took in getting the album done.”
Anderson says many of the songs on “Rooms” were around for a while and the band worked on them some more. After each person develops a song, they will bring a draft to the band.
“That’s when we all take a piece of it and make it into a Paper Bird song,” he says. “It can be a long process, but for this album we were very productive and finished the project rather quickly.”
With “Rooms” slated for a March 26 release, Paper Bird is looking to make a breakthrough to mainstream like its fellow Denver-based band The Lumineers did in 2012.
In fact, Paper Bird opened for The Lumineers on some dates.
Anderson says “Rooms” is full of tight harmonies and dynamic rhythms not found on its previous albums.