July 15, 2016 in News

Recording Updates

It’s been a minute since our last big update but just because we haven’t said much doesn’t mean we haven’t been extremely productive. When we put the band on ice after last Summer’s tour of the Northeast, we had originally planned to have our record done, ready and released by this coming Fall. It may still be done and ready, but its release status got called into question for reasons both good and bad. The bad of course being that – if you hadn’t deduced by the pictures or possibly from seeing us at one of our (admittedly infrequent) live appearances this year – our long time bassist and friend Scottie isn’t in the group anymore. His slot has since been filled by Miller, late of Evangelina & the Boys (the same band we plucked our guitarist Virok from, actually). Jets & the Boys, we suppose.

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Frank and Engineer Alex Santilli at Spice House Sound in Philadelphia

Logistically, the labor of learning all the new songs, losing a member, looking for a replacement, and then teaching said replacement material both old and new became Priority #1 for us this past Winter. Under different circumstances, we’d likely have been finished recording by the time we actually started, given these changes. The good is that Miller has proven himself to be a quick study and as such, we’re not that far behind. And so our brave Jets fly forward.

Recording is well-underway with Miller and Frank both locking in to provide a rhythm section the likes of which The Paper Jets have never seen. Regarding our album proper (still called Everyday Forever for those sticking around to complete the survey), the aforementioned rhythm section has largely done its due diligence as we patiently await the return of Virok (who has spent time out in Los Angeles working on a special project) to lay down his guitar parts. We’ve got a few good guests lined up for the record, too!

So thank you all for sticking with us during what has turned out to be a trying – but ultimately rewarding – year thus far. We’ve got a few shows this Summer, and will likely add to that before the nights get too short again. Then before you know it we’ll be all the way back, new record in hand ready to hoist our glasses, drop the needle on Everyday Forever and celebrate in unison the start of something new and exciting!

June 23, 2016 in Tour

Dates & a Doc

da52932a52aef285ef0094a7adecf5f9The Paper Jets have added a slate of dates to their calendar, though don’t expect many more as they continue work on their forthcoming album Everyday Forever throughout the Summer. Along with the new album and live engagements, the band has been recording practices, studio sessions, and performances as part of a yet-to-be-titled Ryan Hanratty-directed documentary film.

June 29Asbury Park Live – 1st Ave & Ocean Ave Green Space – 7:00p – All Ages – FREE (w/ Goodbye Tiger)

July 03Welcome America Festival – Independence Hall Square, Philadelphia, PA – 2:30p – All Ages – FREE (w/ The O’Jays, Leslie Odom Jr., Leon Bridges, and Biz Markie)

July 14The Inkwell – Long Branch, NJ – 8:00p – All Ages – FREE – Brian Solo (w/ Matt Curen)

July 23Brix City Brewery – Little Ferry, NJ – Time TBA – Brian Solo (w/ Little Rose, and The Dead Flowers)

July 29 – Kennedy Park – Asbury Park, NJ – 7:00p – 9:00p – Free Admission – All Ages – Brian Solo

July 30FireFest – Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ – 7:00p – $10 – 21+

Sept 4Soft Sounds – Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ – 7:00p – $5 – 21+ Brian Solo (w/ Renee Maskin)

Sept 10Small Planet Radio Release Party – Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ – 8:00p – $10 – 21+

Oct 15 – John & Peter’s – New Hope, PA – 8:00p – Free Admission – 21+ (w/ Dentist, The Vaughns, & We’re Ghosts Now)

Dec 10 – John & Peter’s – New Hope, PA – 8:00p – Free Admission – 21+ (w/ Foxanne, Honey Spot Blvd, & TBA)

May 24, 2016 in News, Releases, Tour

Jets Dazzle, Introduce New Bassist

13187670_10208343950850390_1252317216_nLast week The Paper Jets made their triumphant official return to the stage at New Brunswick’s iconic Court Tavern. Friends and longtime fans were eager to see the band for the first time in nearly a year and they did not disappoint! Armed with a swath of new material (including the Elvis-baiting “Charlie It Can’t Be Done,” the wistful “Wonderful Love,” and raucous set opener, “Go On Go On”), the band had the audience on its heels the whole night. Guitarist Mike Virok played one of his new self-built guitars while singer Brian Erickson – decked out in all white – made his debut on keyboards. Drummer Frank Lettieri manned the engine room steadily while the band introduced new bassist Scott Austin Miller (late of Virok’s former band Evangelina & the Boys) to the accepting crowd. Welcome back, fellas!

April 15, 2016 in News, Tour

We’re Back!

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Lowlight and The Paper Jets || Photo courtesy of Amanda Guthrie

The Paper Jets made their unofficial return to the stage on Monday April 11th with a surprise 10-song set at Asbury Park’s famous Wonder Bar. Opening for scene favorites Lowlight, The band rose to the occasion, showcasing set list staples like “Set of Rules” alongside a smattering of songs slated for their forthcoming full-length, Everyday Forever.

In addition to new material, the group introduced its audience to bassist Scott Austin Miller who has replaced sub-60 Hz stalwart Scottie Maloney in the lineup.

All this was of course in preparation for the group’s official Welcome Back show on May 7th at New Brunswick’s Court Tavern.

Show Review from Speak Into My Good Eye

Photos courtesy of Cool Dad Music’s Jim Appio

Photos courtesy of Jeff Crespi

March 17, 2016 in Tour

Tour Dates Announced

12496518_589983524482421_4692789025494775467_oWe are thrilled to announce that – for the first time since August 2015 – we’ve got dates on the calendar for the full-band.

April 2nd – 8pm – WESS-FM (click the link to listen live)

May 7th – 8pm – The Court Tavern – New Brunswick, NJ – $10 / 21+