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Follow the recent break-up of Lower Than Atlantis in 2019, lead guitarist Ben Sansom has wasted no time putting together new band Paper Mill who’ve just dropped their second single, ‘Get Real’.

The band’s line-up is completed by Ben‘s brother Luke on bass, and Matt Rider covering vocals and rhythm guitar.

We grabbed Matt for a quick chat on all things Paper Mill.




Lower Than Atlantis / The Menzingers / The Flatliners



DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Paper Mill before?
Paper Mill: I would say we are a rock band that write big, melodic tunes, played with lots of energy and honesty.

DP!: How did the band form?
Paper Mill: I have known Ben, then Luke through Ben, for years. I think we all first met in 2004 when we were playing in our first bands. So we go back a long way! Then Ben did some recording for my old band, I did some vocals on an LTA song and we’ve just been mates since then. Ben and Luke obviously go even further back. Luke knew Ben before he was even born.

DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Paper Mill: Lots! I can’t wait to actually start playing shows and touring. This started as something fun to do, just to meet up and make some music in Ben’s studio and has turned into this proper band now. So I’m just looking forward to getting up on stage and playing these songs live.

DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Paper Mill: New bands? That’s a tricky one for me! I’ve been listening to a lot of Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie recently haha!

DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Paper Mill: I think we just want to be ourselves more than anything. We have a really clear idea of the sort of sound and message we want to put across. The bands that we aspire to are those that are happy and confident to be themselves and just make the music that they want to make! We all bring influences from our lives individually to the band and If we keep doing that, we’ll keep doing a good job of being us!

DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Paper Mill: It’s so early on for us as a band, but I would probably have to say getting our first single played by Daniel P Carter on the Radio 1 Rock Show. That was pretty surreal!

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.