December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brian E. Commentar-E: “Making Me Run”

Today, we’re focusing on the Frank-sung ballad “Making Me Run,” which you can find on our We Are All Strange Friends special edition. Remember that the full album is on sale over at Bandcamp for only $4.99 through January 2, so head on over and grab a copy if you like what you hear. In related news, we all like Frank!

“The last song to make the cut. I had just purchased a Fender Telecaster, plugged it in, and started layering parts over top of one another just for kicks. Out came this short little song. I showed it to Frank, who loved it and suggested we throw it on the record. I told him, ‘only if you sing it.'”

December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brian E. Commentar-E: “Set of Rules (Live)” & “Lena Lena”

We’ve got two new commentaries today from our esteemed lead singer Brian E. The first covers the live version of “Set of Rules,” a bonus track added to the We Are All Strange Friends special edition. The second provides some insight into live staple “Lena Lena,” for those curious about the titular character. Listen, read, and enjoy!

“When we walked into the Clear Channel studio at Radio 104.5 FM in Philadelphia in the middle of what was supposed to be a work day, it felt surreal; it felt like we made it! Everyone there was remarkably kind and treated us with generosity and respect which, as a band on our level, almost never happens.

“The sound engineer was impressed, saying he hadn’t heard anyone hit high notes like me since The Darkness had performed there. Not sure how I should take that.”

“Guess what………………………………………..there is no Lena!”

December 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brian E. Commentar-E: “Father’s War”

Today’s We Are All Strange Friends track commentary focuses on “Father’s War,” one of the band’s most experimental songs. It’s got duet vocals, a jazz piano breakdown, a ripping guitar solo, and a whole lot of awesomeness! Read below to see Brian’s reflections on how the track came together, then head over to Bandcamp to buy the Strange Friends special edition. It’s only $4.99 through January 2!

“This one started as a seven-verse poem about jealousy and revenge. And the piece of music that accompanied it was nine minutes long. Jeff Fiedler came in and helped me cut it down to a fairly acceptable pop song length. All the lyrics are still there (slightly rearranged) and Frank just NAILED his part. This is among my favorite songs on the whole album. If only we had another five or six members in the band to help bring it to life in a live setting.”

December 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brian E. Commentar-E: “MisInformed”

Today, we take a look at “Misinformed,” the first of two epic closing tracks on We Are All Strange Friends. Below, you can see what a few fine people in our orbit had to say about the track, and of course, read about what led Brian to write the dang thing in the first place. Don’t forget to pick up our Strange Friends special edition if you like what you hear. It’s got not one but two versions of this track!

“I don’t think your chorus is very good… so I wrote you a new one.”

– Tim Ryan

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“It sounds like a nervous breakdown on record.”

– Bill Greenwood

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“I had the opening bit of chords in my back pocket for a few years but never quite knew what to do with them. Eventually it all came together following – what else – a breakup. There was a lot of arguing; a lot of ‘who said what,’ during that time. I remember playing, ‘Misinformed,’ in whispered privacy for the first time after seeing The National, one of my favorite bands and one whose own music helped free me from a two-year bout with writer’s block. The song would continue to evolve in subtle ways over the years until Tim Ryan’s famous chorus re-write. After that, the song was pretty much locked in.”

– Brian

December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brian E. Commentar-E: “Adele”

Behold, the first of our main man Brian E.’s track-by-track musings on We Are All Strange Friends! We’re kicking things off with one of the new bonus tracks on the album’s special edition: “Adele”! Read Brian’s recollections, then stream or download the song below!

“Written alongside the rest of the Strange Friends material but inexplicably withheld from the recording sessions, we finally got the chance to put ‘Adele’ down a few months after the album was completed. Frank’s mom and our photographer, Amanda, can be heard shouting along with us during the chorus. The song itself concerns a thwarted affair; an attempted breakup of a relationship. Passages from the actual dialogue made it into the lyric.

“This is one of my favorite unreleased Paper Jets songs. Raw and immediate with just one guitar, bass, and one mic on the drums, we never sounded so unadorned in a recorded setting.”

December 9, 2014 in News, Press, Releases

‘Strange Friends’ Special Edition Available Now!

Many eagle-eyed Paper Jets fans noticed that, back in January when we originally released We Are All Strange Friends, the album wasn’t available on Bandcamp. Well, surprise! We’re remedying that problem and going one step further. We’ve just released a special edition of the record with four bonus tracks exclusive to Bandcamp, which you can download right now. And if that’s not enough, we’re dropping the price for the full album down to $4.99 through the rest of December. It’s our way of saying thank you to all our incredible fans, who have made 2014 the best year yet for The Paper Jets!

Here’s what you’ll get:

– Original 11-track album, featuring “Cooking Up an Accident” and “Set of Rules,” in the quality and format of your choosing
– Live recording of “Set of Rules” from Radio 104.5’s Live @ 5 radio show
– Live acoustic recording of “Misinformed” from Quiet Please radio show
– Studio demo recording of unreleased track “Adele”
– Studio demo recording of unreleased track “Strange Friends Pt. II”

You can download your copy now by clicking here. We’ll also be posting track-by-track stories and reminiscences from Brian covering every track on the record over the coming days. Stay tuned to www.thepaperjets.com for that!

So, enjoy the album, stream/buy the bonus tracks if you have it already, and have an amazing holiday!

December 8, 2014 in News, Press, Releases

‘Strange Friends’ Now on Indie Store Shelves

Paper Jets Sound GardenWe’re excited to announce that you can now find the physical version of We Are All Strange Friends in independent record stores in Baltimore, MD; Bordentown, NJ; Boston, MA; Hamden, CT; Orange, CT; and Princeton, NJ!

Check out the full list below:

Baltimore, MD
– The Sound Garden

Bordentown, NJ
– Bordentown Guitar Rescue
– Randy Now’s Man Cave
– The Record Collector

Boston, MA
– Deep Thoughts, Jamaica Plain
– In Your Ear Records, Comm Ave.
– Newbury Comics, Newbury St.
– Nuggets Records, Kenmore Square

Hamden, CT
– Replay Records

Orange, CT
– Merle’s Record Rack

Princeton, NJ
– Princeton Record Exchange

October 28, 2014 in Releases

New Jeff Fiedler EP Available!

JF_EPJeff Fiedler’s new EP, I’ll Believe it When I See It is now available via Jeff’s Bandcamp Page. This five-song EP features Paper Jets Brian and Frank and is available on a pay-what-you-want basis. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Hands Together charity.

This is the first EP Jeff has released in over three years and the second of four planned studio EP’s. The first one, Zero Hour, was issued in August of 2011. The third and fourth – Greatest Hits Vol 2, and Still Stood Still, respectively – should be out in the coming months. But more on that some other time. Get out there and BELIEVE IT! Because Jeff’s got some new music!

October 21, 2014 in News, Releases

Brian Details New Collaborative EP

Hey everyone, Brian here with some details about the new EP, I’ll Believe It When I See It, that features myself alongside our main attraction, Jeff Fiedler.

Jeff sings lead, and plays drums and rhythm guitar throughout the EP. I play lead guitar and bass, and I sing backup. Jeff also insisted that I play saxophone on the final track, “Stutter Step,” which – for all you longtime fans out there – is a song that dates way back to 2006, when The Paper Jets were calling themselves The Invisible Solid. Minus one song (which I’ll get to), Jeff and I co-wrote and co-produced the entire thing!

Here’s the track-listing:

1. Mick Jagger Said It’s Okay – Jeff is primarily thought of as a piano-tickling balladeer but it’s hard to argue his skill as a rock vocalist when you hear this one. I actually don’t play guitar like a complete buffoon on this one, so there’s that.

2. Dress Down – This one dates back to my first-ever batch of songs written in 2004! Jeff always liked it and asked to rework and record it for this release. I wholeheartedly agreed to it! Frank Lettieri took over engineering for this track while I spent some time in Alaska. When I got back, Frank had put down some awesome lead guitar work of his own!

3. Sometimes Letters – Our old guitar-player Bill Lambusta called this our Hall & Oates song. I’d like to think of it as Hall & Oates via Don’t Tell a Soul-era Replacements. I deliberately tried to play a guitar solo that I thought Bill might have done.

4. What Else – Written by Drew Novelli (who also plays bass on the track), “What Else,” was – technically speaking – the final Invisible Solid song ever! Drew, Bill, and I cut a live demo of the song in December 2006, just weeks before the group’s breakup. The demo was recorded at the Darrah Lane House, where Bill and I took up residence (along with one-time bandmate Tim Ryan). It was a huge house (eight housemates in all) and friends seemed to always be coming and going. “What Else,” despite its themes of sadness and isolation, takes me back to that time at Darrah Lane.

5. Stutter Step – Of all the songs here, this is the only one we ever performed live! The Invisible Solid took this song on the road in the Spring of 2006, playing it exactly twice. The Paper Jets actually resurrected the song in March 2011 at a Binghamton University show. Since then, however, it has remained in the vaults…until now! It was Jeff’s idea to throw the saxophones on at the end; one which I enthusiastically approved of!

Credits:
Jeff Fiedler – vocals, rhythm guitar, drums
Brian E – backing vocals, lead guitar, bass, keyboard, saxophone
Drew Novelli – bass on “What Else”
Frank Lettieri Jr – lead guitar on “Dress Down”

Written, Recorded, Performed & Produced by Fiedler/Erickson except, “What Else,” written by Drew Novelli. Additional engineering and production by Frank Lettieri Jr.

So there’s our EP! Believe it, because it drops next week!!!

October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Brian Launches Website

3312633_origOur singer/guitarist Brian E has launched (or, shall we say, re-launched) his very own website, musicalbrian.com. The website was active prior to The Paper Jets’ formation but went dormant and was shut down entirely shortly before the release of our first album, Face Forward.

The website will serve primarily as a home for Brian’s work as a producer. It will also include archival recordings, live and studio video clips, a new bio page, client list, and relevant news columns.

So go check it out here! And don’t forget that Brian isn’t the only Paper Jet with his own website. Frank and his Dust of Days project have one, too!