Paper Anthem, fronted by American singer/songwriter Joseph Hitchcock is proud to release their first single of 2021, Sign Language. A bouncy, driving track with a tone of sombre and aggression. This is the first release from Paper Anthem’s third studio album which is aptly named, The Year You’ll Never Get Back due for release in March. Joseph spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as his joy of make films.

TF: You have a new single coming out, what has the reception been like to Sign Language so far?

It’s a song I’ve been playing live for a few years now, so luckily, I’ve gotten to hear some feedback from friends and fans already, and they seem to like it a lot. People come up after shows and ask about that one, and I’ve had to tell them it’s not out yet! Now I won’t have that problem. It’s nice to have more upbeat rock tracks. I want to have as many of those as possible, for fun live set purposes, but they only come to me occasionally, from the creative aether.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

A casual-yet-bitter conversation between lovers explodes into a cathartic nightmare of true feelings in the form of a surfy, upbeat, yet aggressive indie rock song.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this album release?

I’m hoping to release some more music videos for the non-singles, and then do some short films for myself—I like to make films in addition to music—and then, if all things go according to plan, move to another country. Busy year, I hope!

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I don’t necessarily have a real favourite, yet—I did, but it shut down before the pandemic—but this place called George’s Majestic Lounge in my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas is probably the one I’d get more excited about when it happened. The sound is incredible and they do a light show for you. It’s right next to the main nightlife strip so people will just hear you and walk in. I’m most looking forward to touring more in other countries. Most of my Spotify listeners are in Mexico. I’d really love to put a show on for them and get to meet them!

The Year You’ll Never Get Back is out on 5th March 2021