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White Deer Park out now


A statement for Papa vs Pretty

30 June 2014

After almost a decade of making music as Papa vs Pretty we are sad to announce that all good things come to an end.
It’s been a privilege and a pleasure making music together and we’ll continue to pursue our love of music and remain the best of friends.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way!

Thomas, Tom, Gus & Luke
June 30, 2014

New single - Suburban Joan of Arc

16 June 2014

New single - Suburban Joan of Arc

While we may have appeared quiet in the last few weeks, never fear things are always happening in Papa vs Pretty land. We have been getting ready to present to you our newest single ‘Suburban Joan of Arc’ off our album White Deer Park. ‘Suburban Joan of Arc’ is possibly the saddest song we’ve ever put out as a single. Don’t hold it against us. We’re actually quite happy boys, but this song is just really quite sad. It’s about a schoolgirl who murdered her classmate. That’s how sad it is. You can check it out here

Paddle the Pioneer with Papa vs Pretty

16 June 2014

Paddle the Pioneer with Papa vs Pretty

We are playing River Sessions in Mackay on Saturday 28 June, alongside a great bunch of folks including The Amity Affliction, RÜFÜS, Illy, Megan Washington, Art vs Science and heaps more.

triple j are giving you the chance to Paddle the Pioneer with us. You’ll go kayaking with some of us on Mackay’s Pioneer River. Plus you’ll score two VIP tix to the festival to watch us from side of stage. Enter now for your chance to win.

Visual Broadcast for new single 'Million Different Ways'

02 April 2014

Visual Broadcast for new single 'Million Different Ways'

Our new single ‘Million Different Ways’ was recorded at 123 beats per minute, and is about one’s inability to make a choice. This idea is reflected in the song’s many layers, which include guitars, bass, drums, and various instruments beginning with the letter ‘v’: voices, violin, viola, and even violoncello. The combination of these elements makes ‘Million Different Ways’ the perfect choice as the third single from our album White Deer Park . We hope you enjoy its visual broadcast, compiled from Super-8 footage of the band. Watch it here.


No shows scheduled at the moment.


Papa vs Pretty have today announced the end of their band, drawing to an end nearly a decade of writing, recording and touring.

Historically, 14-year-old Thomas Rawle had recorded hundreds of demos in his bedroom but Papa vs Pretty truly found their full voice when two equally talented musicians saw strength in what was brewing - Gus Gardiner with skills on bass and a wealth of classical music knowledge and Tom Myers a rhythmical force to be reckoned with – securing the three-piece that soon had their native Sydney talking. Signed to EMI Records, they scored several support slots with The Temper Trap, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups and Surfer Blood and, after three years of honing, their debut self titled EP emerged in 2009, quickly followed by the Heavy Harm EP, which garnered high rotation across Triple J and community radio - the talk kept coming. They had gigged the Sydney scene many times over and their potent live show graduated to national tours with the Howling Bells, Paul Dempsey and a double headline with Brisbane's Last Dinosaurs.

For the recording of their first full-length release United in Isolation in 2011, Papa vs Pretty surrounded themselves with several old hands who helped shape the acutely energetic, authentic and heartfelt collection of songs into a cohesive record. Produced by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Augie March, Sarah Blasko) and mixed by Scott Horscroft (The Presets, Silverchair, The Sleepy Jackson) it was nominated for a J Award for 'Australian Album of the Year' as well as anARIA Award nomination for 'Best Rock Album'. They released four singles - 'One of the Animals,' 'Honey', 'Darkest Way', and 'Look For Me' - and spent the year touring around Australia with The Vines, The Vasco Era, Incubus, Kaiser Chiefs and played Homebake, The Falls and the Big Day Out festivals.


In 2013, the band welcomed guitarist and keyboard player Luke Liang and directly locked themselves into what would become a truly mammoth writing period stretching an intense 23 months. A myriad of personal and business issues made the completion of 80 songs an even more remarkable achievement. All were demoed, reviewed, rehearsed (and even played live at unannounced shows around Sydney) before being culled down to 12 for the band's second album. Recorded by Dave Trumfio (My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Grandaddy) between Studios 301 Sydney, Forgotten Valley, and Kingsize Studios in LA, the album was completed nearly a year before the first song was heard on radio as EMI Records sale to Universal was finalised.

The epic, cathartic 'My Life Is Yours' was met with surprise and delight in equal measure by fans and the media with its soaring string and brass arrangements. It instantly turned into a live classic and soon became their most played song on radio to date. The album White Deer Park followed with singles 'Smother' and 'Million Different Ways' all getting high rotation on Triple J. The band combined headline shows with a nationwide support tour with Ball Park Music, however Rawle had begun to fall out of love with his own creations – the overly extended production period, a delayed release, and the business and personal problems had all taken a costly toll. He's taken the decision at 23 to find new avenues for his creativity. The band remain very close:

'After almost a decade of making music as Papa vs Pretty we are sad to announce that all good things come to an end. It's been a privilege and a pleasure making music together and we'll continue to pursue our love of music and remain the best of friends. Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way!'

Thomas, Tom, Gus & Luke June 30, 2014


Suburban Joan of Arc cover

Suburban Joan of Arc

17th June 2014
EMI / Peace and Riot

Suburban Joan of Arc

Million Different Ways cover

Million Different Ways

17th March 2014
EMI / Peace and Riot

Million Different Ways

White Deer Park cover

White Deer Park

21st February 2014
EMI / Peace and Riot

Give Me A Reason Not To
Suburban Joan Of Arc
Let It Begin
My Life Is Yours
Rain Check
To Do
Million Different Ways
Whatever Works
While I'm Still Young
Roses After Dark
Dementia Praecox

Smother cover


6th December 2013
EMI / Peace and Riot


My Life Is Yours cover

My Life is Yours

13th September 2013
EMI / Peace and Riot

My Life Is Yours

United in Isolation cover

United in Isolation

27th May 2011
EMI / Peace and Riot

Life’s Got a Hold on Me
One of the Animals
Charity Case
Look for Me
I Felt Nothing
Darkest Way
Bitter Pill
Suit & Burn
You Are Not in Love Anymore

Heavy Harm cover

Heavy Harm EP

13th August 2010
EMI / Peace and Riot

Heavy Harm
Sgt. Suffer
Wrecking Ball
Ask Yourself
I Still Believe In Us