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Genre: Alternative, Indie

Country of Origin: New Zealand


Floating between sugary waves of shoegaze, electro and pop, Paquin is the musical personality of Tom Healy. Recording for the Paquin EP started in 2010, melding abrasive psychedelic guitars with pop melodies and dance influenced synths and rhythms. After building a band to realise the music in a live format, the EP shifted from from bedroom pop, to a full band sound in the Mt Eden studio The Lab. As a live unit Paquin smear pop melodies with synths, samples, dynamic fuzzy guitars, and pulsing drums, connecting threads between the warm electro of Cut Copy and the drifting distortion of My Bloody Valentine.

Between engineering or producing records for other artists (Popstrangers, Die!Die!Die!, The Naked and Famous, Jen Cloher and the Endless Sea, The Low Spark, Simon Comber) and playing in a variety of bands (The Verlaines, Jen Cloher and the Endless Sea, Faint Spells, The Low Spark, Hannah Curwood) Tom Healy built Paquin as a statement of intent, a vehicle for intoxicating and unusual pop. Joining him are Stu Harwood, David Flyger and Westley Holdsworth.

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