June 30, 2015 in News, Releases

New Tim Ryan LP Being Produced


Tim Ryan circa 2008

Back in 2011, we recruited a piano player/vocalist to assist us in the recording of our Strange Friends album. His name was Tim Ryan. So impressed were we with the results that we offered him a permanent spot in the band. But all plans for a Paper Jets featuring Tim Ryan got permanently cancelled when – in the early morning hours of September 29, 2011 – he was killed in a tragic auto accident.

But that’s not where things started.

In 2007, our singer/guitarist Brian Erickson agreed to produce an album for Ryan, an old high school friend, but Tim eventually put the record, “on the table,” and instead moved on.  He hired a new producer and a new studio to work on a collection of new material which would eventually be issued as, Love at First Night (2009, self-released).

But the old record never quite went away. Ryan spoke of revisiting the material a number of times prior to his death and many of the songs never left his set list. And now, in cooperation with his family, Tim Ryan’s lost album entitled Where You Begin, is finally going to see the light of day!

The album will be issued via Secondhand Music with nothing more than, “2016,” bearing any hint of an official release date. Said Brian, “This sits among the most exciting projects with which I’ve ever been involved. We get the chance to work with Tim one more time!”


June 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Paper Jets @ Welcome America Festival!

Welcome AmericaThrilled to announce that we will be performing at this year’s Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia! We go on at 2:45pm at the Liberty Stage on 5th and Madison St. The free outdoor show is part of the Liberty Block Party, meaning you’ll also get to eat some of the best food Philadelphia has to offer and see a whole bunch of other awesome bands. What more could you want?

Oh, and the Festival will be headlined by hip-hop superstars, local heroes, and Jimmy Fallon’s house band The Roots on July 4th! So, from here to eternity, we can say we opened for The Roots. And we plan to do so. Often.

Hope to see you there!

June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

Jesse Elliot Album Now Available Everywhere!

AlbumCoverJesse Elliot‘s album, I Gave You My All, is now available!  The album features Paper Jets members Frank Lettieri Jr (drums, engineering) and Brian Erickson (credited as producer), as well as former touring member Jim McGee (guitar).  The album was released on June 13, 2015 and is already garnering stellar reviews!  Check out Elliot’s official website to preview a handful of tracks and find out how you can get a copy for yourself!

May 26, 2015 in News, Releases

‘Almost Nine’ EP Available Today!

We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time and are excited to say that the Almost Nine EP is available for purchase! You can grab your copy now at the FDR Label Bandcamp page.

The genesis of this record was the realization that many of the songs that have become staples of our live set have never been officially released in any capacity. “Elizabeth Distressed” and “Of an Extrovert” have been favorites of ours for years, and we hope you like the finished versions. From there, we couldn’t help but start writing again! So even if you’ve been following us for a while, “Brand New Shoes” will be new to you.

Finally, we wanted to pay tribute to our brother Tim Ryan, a former Jet who lost his life far too soon. The included cover of his song “Jo Don’t Let Me” is a true labor of love. If you like it, please go check out the rest of his solo album, Love at First Night. It’s a classic, hands down.

May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Full EP Streaming Now on Radio 104.5!

radio1045logo-1Want a taste of our new EP, Almost Nine? Well, why settle for a taste when you could hear the whole thing? Head on over to Radio 104.5’s website to stream the full EP right now! And if you like what you hear, you can pre-order your copy over at FDR Label’s Bandcamp page. We hope you like it!