October 1, 2014 in News

Remembering Tim Ryan

tim_lostThree years ago, we lost our friend, brother, and bandmate Tim Ryan in a fatal car crash. We continue to play his music to anyone willing to listen and we often perform his song, “Jo Don’t Let Me,” as part of our own live set list.

Last year, Tim’s family established the Tim Ryan Memorial Scholarship. It is an annual scholarship that honor’s the considerable legacy Tim left behind at his alma mater, Sachem High School North, as the first-chair viola player in the chamber orchestra, composer of the original score for the school’s Broadway Night production, and curator of the Hey Jude project, which brought together classmates and community members for a massive musical ensemble performance.

The scholarship awards $500 annually to a member of the Sachem community who shows particular proficiency in music, as well as the kind of passionate, unbridled zest for life that Tim so often displayed.

Contributors to the scholarship fund will receive a copt of Tim’s lone solo album, 2009′s Love at First Night. Go to www.timryanmemorialscholarship.com for more details.

September 24, 2014 in News

Bootstrap Bandits EP Gets Release Date

For those long-time Paper Jets fans wondering what our founding guitarist Bill Lambusta has been up to since his 2011 departure, you’re going to find out on October 14th when his new band, Bootstrap Bandits, releases its debut EP, Silly Notions.

The EP has been in the works for quite some time and features lead vocals by newcomer Erin Lamy with Bill providing nearly all the instrumentation himself. He did, however, recruit Frank to play drums. The pair recorded and mixed the EP at Frank’s own Fathead Studios.

The EP will be preceeded by a music video for lead single, “Guerilla Warfare,” which drops on September 30th.

Check out the Bootstrap Bandits website for additional information and details.

September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Paper Jets Get Bitter…Again!

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The Paper Jets return to New York City’s The Bitter End on October 4th, 2014! We kick the evening off at 7:00 pm. Admission is $10 and it’s a 21+ show, so leave the kids home and get ready for a great night in the big city!

This will be the first Paper Jets performance since June, prior to Scottie breaking his collarbone. In the meantime, Frank went on a two-week Canadian tour with his Dust of Days solo project and Brian spent the Summer moonlighting as the piano-player in Jesse Elliot’s band. But The Paper Jets are back and ready to rock once more! So get ready, because this is just the first of a couple of big things to come!

July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Scottie Heads to the DL

scottie_xrayScottie Maloney, our beloved bassist, will be heading to the Disabled List for 6-8 weeks due to an injury sustained during a football game. Scottie leapt into the air to pull down a game-saving interception when he landed awkwardly, breaking his collarbone in four places.

The good news: He held onto the ball and his team got the win!

The bad news: The Paper Jets will be going on an unplanned hiatus until our man gets better, lest Frank and Brian turn themselves into a powerpop White Stripes.

Our Weezer cover goes unaffected, as Scottie’s part was – thankfully – already put down. The remainder of the sessions will go as planned and we will reemerge in September better, stronger, faster and with more dexterous bass-playing than ever!

He heads in for surgery on Tuesday July 29th, 2014. Please send your thoughts, prayers, and good vibes out to him for a speedy recovery!

July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Frank Eyes Solo Tour

frank_hatAfter a successful West Coast run last Fall, our esteemed drummer, Frank Lettieri Jr, is heading to Canada with his Dust of Days project this August.

At the moment, no dates or venues have been announced. We will be sure to post updates as soon as we receive them. In the meantime, Scottie and Brian await Frank’s return with baited breath.

May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

June Tour Dates Added

We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be hitting the road again! After a great show at Xfinity Live in Philadelphia (thanks Radio 104.5!), we’ll be trekking down south in the beginning of June for a one-week tour of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina before finishing up with a blowout hometown show at Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope, PA, on June 20. Here’s the full itinerary:

 
Hope to see you out there! And remember, if you’d like us to come to your town, just let us know where you’re at on Twitter or Facebook. We’ll do our best to visit you!

May 2, 2014 in Tour

WE’RE PLAYING XFINITY LIVE!

Our pals over at Radio 104.5 Philadelphia have invited us for a night out! We’ll be performing at Xfinity Live on Thursday May 15th at 9:00pm. The best part is that admission is free; just tell them you’re there to see The Paper Jets!

April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

PARKER SOLO ALBUM UNDERWAY

As work on the Brian-produced album I Gave You My All by Jesse Elliot wraps up, recording begins for Timid Roosevelts drummer Jaime Parker’s solo joint.  The as-yet-untitled project will feature Parker on vocals and drums, and guitars by Mike Virok and our very own Scottie Maloney.  Brian will be producing and playing the bass.

The last time Parker fronted a band was with Piper Maru back in 2007.  That group featured would-be Paper Jets Scottie Maloney on drums and Bill Lambusta on guitar.  After Piper Maru disbanded following a Northeast tour, Maloney and Lambusta joined The Paper Jets while Parker defected to The Timid Roosevelts.  “Things are coming full-circle for us,” says Maloney.  “It started with Jaime Parker’s band and we’re glad to help her out with something new.”

 

March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Vote for Us!!!!

We’re insanely excited to announce that we have been selected as one of Radio 104.5′s Top 25 local bands, giving us a chance to open their 7th Birthday Show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Philadelphia on May 11th! If we win, we’d be playing with major acts Foster the People, Cage the Elephant, Bastille, Third Eye Blind, Foals, and Kongos! Needless, to say, it’s kind of a big deal.

However, we can’t get there without your vote! Please click the link to go to the Radio 104.5 contest page and cast your ballot so we can move on to the Final Four. You can vote once per day, and each vote also gets you entered in a drawing for free tickets to the show. So, you know, you win too!

Thanks to all of you in advance, and if we get this amazing opportunity, we will personally hug and kiss each and every one of you.

March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Announcing: Summer Tour!

It’s confirmed!  We are currently scheduling a Summer 2014 tour!  Exclamation points!!!  We’ll announce dates, cities, and venues soon.  All we’ll reveal at the moment is that we’ll start on the East Coast, head West, dio on down South, then circle the wagons back above the Mason Dixon for a triumphant homecoming show.  Needless to say, it’s going to be an intense time.