New EP No More Rich and Poor

Released November 14 2022

Titled “No More Rich and Poor,” The Papers’ new record showcases compelling lyricism that spans Reggae, Alternative, and Pop music

EXETER, Devon, United Kingdom — October 30th, 2022 – With the release of their new record, ‘No More Rich and Poor’ on November 14th, 2022, The Papers shed light upon a pertinent societal problem. With an ingenious storytelling style and unique instrumentation, the artist echo a distinctive flavor of Reggae, Rock, and Pop music emanating from Brixton in London.

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PRESS RELEASE; Jo Biden brings hope, we bring the music.

The Papers welcome Joe Biden’s stand against the UK government's attempt to undermine the Good Friday Agreement and celebrate his inauguration to the White House by releasing their version of “Whiskey in the Jar ( 2021)”, the traditional song that in many ways represents Ireland's culture and history. New lyrics, that celebrate the Good Friday Peace Agreement, are sung over a rock/reggae beat, that brings a strong message that peace is non-negotiable. 

The band's main songwriters, twin brothers John and Mike Fitzsimons have strong family links with Ireland: both their parents were born in Ireland. Their father Michael came from County Limerick, their mother Kathleen from County Mayo (Mayo is the same area that Joe Biden’s family come from). 

What’s different in the new lyric? In the traditional version, an Irish highwayman is betrayed to English redcoats and ends up in prison. In the new version, only the chorus survives, as each verse considers how peace has brought a new understanding between the UK and Irish communities. 

Much of the band’s output comments on social issues and uses the sound of rock blended with the poetry of 70s reggae from artists such as Bob Marley and Third World. For this new single the band also explore the world of contemporary jazz and folk music, including elements of these genres in their sound.


Out of Brighton comes the sensational band THE PAPERS, who were formed back in the late 1970s and they were kind enough to sent me an album they released in the past titled Fahrenheit in a Centigrade World. This album sounds like it was recorded way back in the early 1980s, which is no problem at all, because the 12 included songs of THE PAPERS on this album sound really good. Opener Miracles is a classic early 1980s British New Wave/Quirky Poprock/Post-Punk mixture, but from the following tracks on it's Ska or Reggae Rock as the band calls it! Dead man's shoes, Reggae on the radio and Telephone are basically pure Ska-Rock 1981 style, very catchy and easily reaching the quality of such legendary bands like MADNESS, THE BEAT, THE SPECIALS and such. With The Only One I See, the band goes for a more melodic pop/rock approach that sounds like a mixture between THE ARROWS (Canadian band) and THE CURE. You might also hear some similarities to THE POLICE here and there (such as during the catchy uptempo post-punkpoprocker Fahrenheit in a Centrigade World), so I guess if you mix all the mentioned acts, then you might end up with THE PAPERS! They also sent me a CD-single titled In Vienna, which is a brand-new song that is basically a nice slowtempo Reggae/Ska ish tune and let's hope more new material will pop up soon. Check out this band at: 

(Points: 8.1 out of 10)

Great to see the Papers go from strength to strength! We are 100% sure that Langaland will see a second year, rain or not! From the feedback we received it was clear that you guys were one of the best and most enjoyed acts. Certainly most people were not expecting to encounter the quality and professionalism which you guys had by the bucketload. It was such a shame we had to have your slot at the rainiest point in the day!  If you weren't all put off by the pretty numerous thins which went wrong, and would consider playing again (at a later time in the day, guaranteed) we'd absolutely love to have you back, and would be very proud to announce to our fans that you'll be back for a second year  ” - Langaland Festival Team

— Langaland Festival

The PapersCowgirl Kiss"RockCheerful, feel-good reggae rockFor when you need a quick pick-me-upThis excellently performed feel-good track has got everything you need to pep yourself up and have you feeling like you again. Kicking off with a sizzling trumpet that will send your worries far far away, it's bright, it's snappy, it's exciting, and it will have you feeling like it's summer all over again, whisk you away to a happy place and never let you leave.Never underestimate the power of a cowgirl's kiss. Download track:


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Exeter Respect Festival 2024 - The Papers

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Exeter Belmont Park, Belmont Road, Exeter, Devon

ABOUT EXETER RESPECT Exeter Respect is the city’s annual celebration of diversity where we use the performing and creative arts to engage the wider community in saying no to racism and all forms of prejudice. The Respect ethos is a simple one: racism and prejudice often spring from fear, and fear is often based on ignorance, so let’s overcome ignorance by getting to know one another and sharing not shunning our cultures. One of the best ways to get to know someone is to enjoy yourself with them, hence our celebratory event and adoption of the old Commission for Racial Equality slogan:

All Different, All Equal! The first Exeter Respect festival took place in 1997 and there has been a celebration virtually every year since then. From 2003 to 2008 Exeter Respect’s biggest event was at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, but from 2009 to the present day our focus has been a giant two day festival in Belmont Park, with a footfall of around 20,000 people every year.

Exeter Respect is returning to Belmont Park for 2024 on Saturday 08 and Sunday 09 June, we look forward to seeing you there. The Papers play at 1.00pm until 2:00pm on Saturday 8th JUNE. Entrance each day minimum £2.00 per person. Donations accepted. Festival starts at 12:00pm each day. Finishes at 7:00 pm

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