From the UK, the singer’s out of Orpington (yes, Orpington), the drummer is still wondering, and the bass player’s learning Dutch in Brighton, but they’re still at it. Here comes the new single from rock reggae jazz outfit, The Papers: In Vienna.
The Brixton riots. 1979. That’s where they met and decided to create The Papers. Margaret Thatcher had just arrived and ahead lay Ronald Reagan, the miners’ strike and privatization of everything that moved. To describe them as left-field misses the point. They are John Lennonists, maybe Bob Marleyists, and fans of Stormzy, Sting, Beyonce, and Bruce Springsteen, so if that’s left field, they are in the same field.
Signed by Maison Rouge Studios (Ian Anderson) and Panache Music, Their first single How many More (for the third world war) did well enough to make a splash on the London indie chart, with airplay across the globe and plaudits from Radio 1 DJ Mike Read and John Peel. Second up, Reggae on the Radio should have gone further, but management and contractual problems torpedoed their progress. Despite this, they became the cause celebrity headliners at the 20000+ punter Tree Fairs in East Anglia and they were the belles of London’s Rock against Racism. A No Nukes Music tour saw them play Glastonbury, and a ton of London venues: Ronnie Scotts, the Rock Garden, The Marquee and The Greyhound Fulham. Internationally they have played in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Seattle (USA).
John Fitz, the lead singer started out in a glam rock band with Martin Newell (The Cleaners from Venus) and along the way played with Simon Crowe (Boomtown Rats) and opened for such luminous names as Supertramp, Osibisa, Jimmy Page, Dr. John, and Fairport Convention. Mike Fitz, (twin brother) played with Brighton stars The Piranhas while Norman Marsh (drums) was in demand in Holland on the prog-rock scene. Dexy D’Angelo (trumpet) played with the Midnight Runners. Rob Bright, the guitarist made it big on the New Faces TV Show (he did not want us to mention that!)
Since reforming they have released one album (Paintbox) and four singles: Live Your Dreams, (featuring Barrack Obama), Cowgirl Kiss, Living in the Rhythm of Life, and Here Comes The World Again. Their fan base now stretches from Uk and the EU to the USA, China, Shi Lanka, and Tibet.
SOURCE: Official Bio