It’s a mysterious thing, this music-making.

A group of people enter a strange space – walls covered in carpet, metal boxes everywhere, swathes of buttons and cords and leads and blinking lights and bewildering space-age machinery – and weeks later emerge, blinking, from the darkness, album in hand.

What exactly happens within the hallowed walls of the recording studio? Who knows; we can be but content to listen to the fruits of the secret labours of those who understand things like which end of a guitar to plug into an amplifier. Fortunately, Papa vs Pretty’s new album will unfold some of the mysteries of this musical alchemy.

Due for release in early 2014, White Deer Park, is the sophomore album from Papa vs Pretty. Produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Grandaddy), recorded at Studios 301 in Sydney and Forgotten Valley Studios and mixed at Kingsize Sound Labs in Los Angeles, White Deer Park is the follow up to their critically acclaimed, ARIA award nominated debut album from 2011 United In Isolation.

The first single and subsequent video My Life Is Yours, has given fans the first taste of the new material – and a broader scope of what to expect with the new album:

“We wrote over 80 songs and the culling process was intense!” lead singer and principal songwriter Thomas Rawle recalls, only slightly wearily. “I started writing My Life Is Yours before I first went to L.A. to write and finished when I got back; L.A. was a total life changing experience and it set the tone for what followed.”

Fans will be able to hear songs from the new album in person as Papa vs Pretty announce My Life Is Yours single launches in Sydney and Melbourne in September. These will be the band’s first shows in almost a year; they will bring to life the mysterious magic that was created in the recording studio.


All shows over 18’s

Wed 25 Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Thurs 26 Sept – Howler, Melbourne

Tickets on sale now from and

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