“PAPERNUT CAMBRIDGE IS the name of a band I dreamed about once,” says group mainman Ian Button, whose other credits include Death In Vegas, Go Kart Mozart and Thrashing Doves. “They were playing a gig with another band called Elvis Breakdown… this is the first actual incarnation of them in the real world.” There’s also something appealingly dream like about the band’s new single 93 Million And One. As with a melancholy walk up a hill in the snow, there’s frost and chilled extremities when the song reflects on the Earth shifting on its axis and moving slightly further away from the sun, plunging the planet into catastrophic eternal winter. But interior warmth is generated; “But that’s okay,” it reassures. “It’d be a little like Christmas every day.” Along the way, Yuletide songs of yore by Wizzard, Greg Lake and Kate Bush are saluted (and are they traces of Thunderclap Newman's Something In The Air and even Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting as well?).
On the single, Button’s joined by MOJO fave Mary Epworth (on “percussion and whistling”), her collaborator Will Twynham and Robert Halcrow of Canterbury lo-fi pop vehicle Picturebox. Buy a vinyl edition on December 16 on Gare Du Nord Records, also home to the band's LP Cambridge Nutflake. Button, who's also worked with Wreckless Eric and Hefner's Darren Hayman, dislikes the idea of crowdfunding, incidentally, comparing it to someone saying, “I feel like doing some gardening… anyone want to buy me a new lawnmower? I’ll send you a picture of the grass when I’ve cut it.”