5 Rock Indie Bands That Are Perfect For Your Next Short Film

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If you’re on the hunt for the perfect rock band to score your next short film, look no further! Here are five amazing rock bands that will fit the bill perfectly.

The Paper Kites

If you’re looking for a rock indie band to help score your next short film, look no further than The Paper Kites. This five-piece band from Melbourne, Australia is sure to add the perfect touch of emotion to your film.

Formed in 2010, The Paper Kites have released three studio albums and one EP. Their most recent album, twelvefour, was released in 2015 and reached #1 on the Australian alternative charts. The album’s title refers to the time of day (12:00AM to 4:00AM) when frontman Sam Bentley says he does his best songwriting.

The Paper Kites’ music has been featured in several TV shows and films, including Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Fault in Our Stars. In 2012, their song “Bloom” was used in a global commercial campaign for Google Chrome.

If you’re looking for a band that can help you create an emotional connection with your audience, The Paper Kites are a great choice.

The Paper Kites – “Bloom”

I was recently asked to recommend some good rock bands for a short film. Here are 5 of my favorites that I think would be perfect for your next project!

The Paper Kites – “Bloom”
The Paper Kites are an Australian indie folk band that formed in 2010. Their song “Bloom” is a perfect fit for a short film. The lyrics are about the beauty of nature and the simple things in life. The Paper Kites have a very mellow sound that would be perfect for a scene where the characters are reflecting on their life or relationship.

Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Ed Sheeran is a British singer-songwriter who has become one of the biggest names in pop music. His song “Shape of You” would be perfect for a montage scene or for any scene where the characters are happy and in love. The lyrics are about how somebody can change your life and make you feel alive again.

Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
Hozier is an Irish singer-songwriter whose song “Take Me to Church” became a global hit in 2014. The song is about how religion can be used to control people and how love is more powerful than any organized religion. This would be an ideal song for a scene where the characters are standing up to authority or fighting for what they believe in.

The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
The Lumineers are an American folk rock band that formed in Denver, Colorado in 2002. Their song “Ho Hey” is about two lovers who are separated by distance but still find ways to connect with each other. This would be perfect for any scene where the characters are longing for each other or going through a tough time apart.

Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
Bon Iver is an American indie folk band that was founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Their song “Skinny Love” is about a relationship that is falling apart but still hangs on by a thread. This would be ideal for any scene where the characters are struggling to hold onto their relationship or trying to find their way back to each other.

The Paper Kites – “On the Train Ride Home”

The world is opening up again and life is starting to feel a little more normal. But for many of us, the pandemic has been a time of introspection and reflection. We’ve been forced to stay home, slow down, and really think about what’s important to us. And for some, that’s meant rediscovering their creativity.

If you’re one of those people who has been inspired to pick up a camera or dust off your old film equipment, then you might be looking for some music to help set the mood for your next project. Fortunately, there are plenty of great rock bands out there that would be perfect for your short film. Here are five of our favorites:

The Paper Kites – “On the Train Ride Home”
This song perfectly captures the longing and nostalgia of a time before the pandemic. It’s perfect for any scene that requires a bit of wistful reflection.

Cigarettes After Sex – “K”
This band specializes in slow, atmospheric songs that are perfect for setting a mood. “K” is a great choice for any scene that needs to be both alluring and eerie at the same time.

Mogwai – “Party in the Dark”
If you need a song that captures the feeling of unease and paranoia that come with living in a pandemic, then look no further than Mogwai’s “Party in the Dark.” It’s the perfect soundtrack for any scene that needs to conveys the sense of isolation and anxiety that many of us are currently experiencing.

Radiohead – “All I Need”
This tender ballad from Radiohead is perfect for any scene where two characters are reconnecting after a long period of estrangement. It captures both the joy and sadness of finally being reunited with someone you love.

Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”
This upbeat track from Arcade Fire is perfect for any scene where characters are trying to enjoy themselves despite the looming specter of an uncertain future. It’s also great for montages or scenes where characters are preparing for something big (think: training montages, heist scenes, etc.).

The Paper Kites – “Electric Indigo”

The Paper Kites are an Australian indie folk rock band that formed in Melbourne in 2010. The band consists of Sam Bentley (lead vocals, guitar), Christina Lacy (bass, vocals), David Powys (drums), and Sam Cooper (keyboards, guitar). The Paper Kites have released four studio albums, twelvefour (2015), twelvefour Remixes (2016), On the Train Ride Home (2017), and Minds of Their Own (2018). They have also released two EPs, Woodland (2011) and Young North (2012).

“Electric Indigo” is a track off of The Paper Kites’ album On the Train Ride Home. The song is about the feeling of being lost and disoriented, and trying to find your way back home. The video for the song was directed by Kasimir Burgess and features a man who is struggling to find his way home in a city that is constantly changing around him.

The Paper Kites are the perfect band for your next short film. Their music is emotive and melodic, and their lyrics are both meaningful and relatable.

The Paper Kites – “Featherstone”

This gentle, folky song is perfect for a film with a lot of heart. The lyrics are about finding hope in the small things, and the ethereal sound of the music will add an air of mystery to your short film.

The Paper Kites are an indie rock band from Australia. Their sound has been described as “dream pop”, and they have a reputation for writing beautiful, emotive songs.

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