Paper Trees

by Flaws Above

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Formed just over a year ago at a jam session run by Exeter University’s Campus Bands, the four young hopefuls met for the first time all together in a sweaty underground practice room. What shall we play? What songs does everyone like? What songs does everyone know? A Dani-California-Little-Black-Submarines-mash-up ensued, and they knew immediately they’d work well together. A few originals followed, then a few more, and soon Flaws Above were gigging their way across campus straight through into town, down the stairs to cavern, and back up to Gandy’s. Everywhere. From acoustic sessions on campus, to the loud and heavy blowing-the-toppings-off their friends’ pizzas in Firehouse. Think catchy, dreamy riffs combined with funky rhythm guitar and outlandish guitar solos. Their most well-known and first track to be recorded, ‘Paper Trees’, was written about environmental issues combined with the despair of the rest of their lives post-university. Maybe they'll just do this forever.


I can't do this anymore,
Close my eyes and hit the floor,
What the fuck are you looking at me for?
Plastic cups on paper trees,
Smog so black I cannot see
Is this how it was really meant to be?

Don't know where I'm going
All my life's been mapped out before me
Now something's changing below my skin
What have I let in?

A blank canvas slashed with red,
No one says what needs be said,
They all keep running away instead.
Shoots will spring from disease,
Winter snow turns summer breeze,
Eventually, someone will hear your pleas.


released April 22, 2017
Lyrics/Vocals - Eliza Duncan
Rhythm guitar/backing vocals - Helen Payne
Lead Guitar - James Waldron
Drums - Matt Brown
Mixed and recorded by Tom Benson and David Thynne at the University of Exeter
Album artwork - Oscar Briscall-Harvey




Flaws Above Exeter, UK

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