This is the first recording Brian has released under his own name since 2007. No word on whether or not there’s anything else coming, but between a solo tour which he is currently on, the recently-announced Invisible Solid box set, finishing production on Tim Ryan’s album, and – of course – the new Paper Jets albums, our man is plenty busy just the same.
It’s been well-documented that Brian Erickson and Frank Lettieri Jr’s first collaboration began in 2005 and took on life under the band name ‘The Invisible Solid.’ Over the course of the group’s two years together, they made several attempts to solidify their efforts on record. Unfortunately, the idea of issuing an album remained just that: an idea, as The Invisible Solid played its final show in January 2007 with no officially-released recordings to its credit.
Long is the road and hard from the dorm room to the marketplace, but that’s not to say they didn’t give it the old college try. So in the coming months, fans will be treated to a bonanza of rare and unreleased material by Brian and Frank’s nascent Paper Jets group, The Invisible Solid. Said Erickson:
“We’ve been sorting through a ton of recordings…stray demos, live cuts and lots of really interesting pieces of our history. The best possible sources were used for all recordings which were made over the course of four years, including the times immediately preceding and following the band. All the false starts and broken promises; everything we said we’d release and then backed out of…it’s all going to be there.”
Jeff Fiedler assisted Erickson in his efforts to compile the best and most definitive overall portrait of their band, saying, “We’ve kept a fairly well-organized archive over the years. With Drew, Bill, and Frank adding what they had to the mix, this set should be pretty special.”
Erickson reunited with former Solids Drew Novelli and Jeff Fiedler back in May for an impromptu set of old favorites at The Rail House in Rahway, NJ. Apart from that, however, there are no plans for a formal reunion show of any kind.
Friday 9/11 – Wonderbar, Asbury Park, NJ – 7:30p
Friday 9/25 – Black Bear Bar, Brooklyn, NY – 8:00p
Friday 10/02 – WESS-FM, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA – 2:30p
Saturday 10/17 – John & Peter’s, New Hope, PA – 8:00p
Saturday 10/24 – Le Grand Formage, Atlantic City, NJ – 7:00p
Friday 10/30 – The Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ – 8:00p – Brian is playing a special Halloween show where he and some friends will be performing an entire set of songs by The Replacements!
In addition, Brian will be appearing on the Yarnspinners podcast to play an intimate set and talk about the inspiration behind some of his favorite originals. The vat is wide and deep, friends, so it’s likely – while you’ll hear some favorites – there will be a few rarities on this one. The podcast will be taped in early October. We will post the link to listen as soon as it’s available.
Bill Lambusta was The Paper Jets’ lead guitarist for three years and was largely responsible for helping shape our early sound with both his production on our Face Forward and unreleased Pictures Like This One albums, as well as his original songwriting.
This week, Bill appeared on The Failed Musicians Podcast to talk about his two current groups, Bootstrap Bandits and Small Planet Radio, as well as his Great Albums Podcast (for which our very own Brian Erickson is a co-host). He goes in depth about The Paper Jets, how he came to be involved with and – ultimately – dismissed from the group which he co-founded and how a mutual friend brought Brian and him back together. It’s a great interview that’s funny, revealing, insightful, and a little sad.
After a bit of soul-searching, The Paper Jets have decided to take some time off from the road. While this isn’t common for us, we have good reason for it. When you’re a band at this level, sometimes you get a little too caught up in the day-to-day, week-to-week grind of always being out there; always playing shows. You lose focus of what motivates you in the first place: the desire to create. And while there is a great deal of creativity that goes into a performance, I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. Much of the music that would comprise We Are All Strange Friends as well as a portion of Almost Nine was recorded in August and September of 2011. At that juncture, we had played exactly one full show as a trio. We’ve done quite a bit of changing since then; we’ve experienced a good deal of success and growth which – up to that point – we didn’t think were possible for a band like The Paper Jets. But as we stop to have a look around, we come back with this realization: It’s time.
It’s time to document that change; to find a new adventure; to capture that which will help push us forward even more! So with all that said, The Paper Jets will be headed into the studio to record a new album we’re calling, Everyday Forever. We’ve teased some new music in the past few months. Why allow ourselves to tire of this excitement? Why let it sit any longer?
While the band is in the studio, I will likely play the occasional solo show. Frank and his Dust of Days project are considering a few dates, as well. So we’ll be around. But when The Paper Jets proper take the stage again, you can be sure that a new album – and perhaps a few other surprises – won’t be far behind.