Paper Fishes are an alternative rock band.
They were formed by lead vocalist and songwriter Andre Levy in 2018 when he realised he’d had enough of contemporary classical piano and composing and wanted to go back to being in a band. He also wanted to make a really good rock album, one that could hold its own in his record collection.
He joined up with bass player Simon Edwards (Fairground Attraction) and drummer Aram Zarikian (Seamus Fogarty), contacted his brother’s old friend Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Editors) to produce and add lead guitar, had a couple of rehearsals, booked in to Livingston Studios in London and off they went. The result was Instant Happiness. The album was mixed by Stuart Bruce in Wiltshire, Anna Marrow came up with some great artwork, and it was done. The album was released digitally in July 2020, with a limited edition vinyl following later in the year.
Paper Fishes take their name from a collection of short stories by the American writer and artist Kristin Joyce Stevenson (the actual book title is Paper Fish). Other short-listed band names were The Dead Beats Society, Boulevardiers, Kill Your Darlings, and Marginalia. Other writers they like include Umberto Eco, Kazuo Ishiguro, Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut. They’re that kind of band. But they’re more (or less) than that too. Like the film Mallrats, but in reverse.
Due to Levy’s antipathy towards social media (which they are currently boycotting – be the change you want to see), tablet phones and mobile internet generally, Paper Fishes have a limited online presence. What can we say, he’s an analogue kind of guy – he still watches a CRT television and rents DVDs for christ’s sake. From a video shop no less (the awesome 20th Century Flicks in Bristol). But they’re happy with online digital music distribution and their music is available on all the usual download and streaming platforms, and you can even find sound and motion picture recordings on the VimTube.