The Paper Kites Release Soulful New Single “Black & Thunder” From Upcoming Album ‘At The Roadhouse’

June 30, 2023 BY Danielle Romeo

Australian indie-folk ground breakers The Paper Kites have unveiled the latest look at their upcoming album ‘At The Roadhouse’ today (out September 1 via Nettwerk), releasing their stirring and vibrant new single “Black & Thunder.” Recorded in the remote Australian village of Campbells Creek (pop. 2,071) during the band’s unannounced and unadvertised residency, “Black & Thunder is a true embodiment of the five-piece’s steadfast DIY ethos – allowing them to win over new fans one at a time and establish the group as one of indie music’s truly great underdog stories. “That was a song that seemed to get people out of their seats,” recalls songwriter Sam Bentley of “Black & Thunder.” “There was a woman who would come to every show and just dance by the fire all night. It was one of the many moments I remember thinking how alive The Roadhouse felt – so rich and vibrant with its many characters.”

Listen to “Black & Thunder” and watch a video live from The Roadhouse here:

Pre-order ‘At The Roadhouse’ here:

‘At The Roadhouse’ is the continuation of an odds-defying run for The Paper Kites that has seen them achieve accolades like a certified Platinum record in the US, over a billion streams on Spotify, and continuously-growing sold-out audiences across three continents. Removing themselves from the typical pageantry that accompanies accolades like that, the group found inspiration for this new album while hand-converting an old gold-mining supply shop into the music venue of their dreams – affectionately dubbed “The Roadhouse.” Away from the pressures of daily life in Cambells Creek, The Paper Kites joyfully filled the venue with music around the clock for weeks on end: creating new songs by day, performing them to a growing fan community at night, and recording right there the next morning. Taking their inspiration from the area’s red earth and bushfire moons, the sixteen songs of ‘At The Roadhouse’ form a touching ode to what waits for us on the winding roads of love, loss, acceptance and wanderlust.

The Paper Kites recently announced a string of North American tour dates – taking place from July through November of this year – including larger venues than ever from coast to coast. A full list can be found below:

July 29 – Prince’s Island Park – Calgary, AB
August 1 – Bo’s Bar & Grill – Red Deer, AB
August 4 – Kaslo Jazz Festival – Kaslo, BC
August 5 – Kaslo Jazz Festival – Kaslo, BC
August 7 – Fawcett Hall – Tacoma, WA
August 8 – Wild Buffalo House of Music – Bellingham, WA
August 9 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
October 25 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
October 26 – Grand Theatre – Kingston, ON
October 27 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
October 28 – Levon Helm Studios – Woodstock, NY
October 30 – The Wilbur Theatre – Boston, MA
October 31 – Racket – New York, NY
November 2 – Howard Theatre – Washington, D.C.
November 3 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
November 4 – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
November 6 – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN
November 7 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
November 8 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
November 10 – Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX
November 11 – 3TEN Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
November 12 – Heights Theatre – Houston, TX

‘At The Roadhouse’ Album Art / Download Here


Sam Bentley (Lead Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica & Mandolin)
Christina Lacy (Backing Vocals, Pianos, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Guitars)
David Powys (Backing Vocals, Guitars, Banjo)
Samuel Rasmussen (Bass)
Josh Bentley (Drums)
Hannah Cameron (Backing Vocals, Organs, Piano & Percussion)
Chris Panousakis (Backing Vocals, Guitars, Percussion)
Matt Dixon (Pedal Steel, Guitars)


The Paper Kites are a folk/rock five-piece from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2010, members include Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, David Powys, Samuel Rasmussen and Josh Bentley.

The ARIA nominated group have released five studio albums, with their most recent record Roses (2021) garnering over 88 million streams, and collectively over 1 billion streams across their catalogue. In 2021, their single ‘Bloom’ was certified platinum in the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Italy & the Netherlands.

Earnest and sincere, The Paper Kites capture hearts around the globe for their moving performances and cherished song writing.