June 5, 2017 in News

The Night Kristen Leu Came Back

18839206_10155173987366125_5746194349352287684_nOn Thursday June 1st, Brian Erickson was joined on stage by former Paper Jet Kristen Leu for the first time in seven years! Brian was tapped to lead an ensemble of area musicians in a front-to-back performance of The Beatles’ iconic Sgt Pepper album in honor of its 50th Anniversary. Leu joined the group on piano and vocals.

Leu was a member of The Paper Jets from 2009 – 2010, joining the group shortly after their first album Face Forward came out. She appears on the band’s now out-of-print Bored In Town concert film but never made it onto a studio recording.

The full lineup included the following local musicians:

Anthony Carrera – sitar

Brian Erickson – vocals, guitar

Dallas Hosey – lead guitar

Will Hosey – bass

Bruce Krywinski Jr – trumpet

Brian Lawrence – trombone

Keith Leming – drums

Kristen Leu – vocals, keys

Ryan Weil – percussion, drums, vocals

Anthony Xerri – backing vocals

The event was produced by Bob Makin for Makin Waves.

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May 2, 2017 in Tour, Video

WATCH: Brian’s Recent TV Interview

B_interviewOn May 1st, 2017, Brian made a live TV appearance on One More With Danny Coleman. The hour-long program saw Brian weigh in on myriad items including tours, musical origins, measuring success, Stevie Nicks, and pastries. The interview is capped off by a performance of the songs “Charlie It Can’t Be Done,” “Kiss Arcana,” and Tim Ryan’s “Jo Don’t Let Me.” WATCH IT HERE

March 17, 2017 in Releases

Surprise! Frank to Drop a Solo Record

frank_hatOur drummer Frank Lettieri Jr recently took to Facebook to announce the release of Analog Mind Bender, his first full-length in five years! The LP will be credited to Dust of Days, the moniker under which Lettieri has been writing, performing, and releasing music for over a decade.

The album was recorded at Pachyderm Studios (where In Utero was famously captured) and mastered by Bob Ludwig. It features former touring Paper Jet Jim McGee (who spent the first half of 2012 with the band) and will be released by frequent collaborator Jeff Fiedler’s Aqualung Records on Friday August 4, 2017.

February 24, 2017 in Tour

Spring Shows Announced

Welcome to 2017! While we kicked our touring year off in low-key fashion with an unplugged set at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, the full-band fun starts in April! Expect plenty more shows to be added to the calendar.

03.02.17 – Maxfields – Boonton, NJ – 7p – Brian solo (w/ Renee Maskin, Rothenbeck, and Zach Russack)

03.11.17 – Stay Gold – Belmar, NJ – 7p – Brian solo (w/ Matt Cook)

03.23.17 – John & Peter’s – New Hope, PA – 9p – Brian solo (w/ Renee Maskin & Justin Pope)

04.07.17 – Krogh’s Bar – Sparta, NJ – 8p – Brian solo (w/ Longlife)

04.09.17 – PA-NJ Radio – Lambertville, NJ – 7p – Brian solo radio interview & performance

04.15.17 – WESS-FM – E Stroudsburg, PA – 1p – Brian solo radio interview & performance

04.15.17 – John & Peter’s – New Hope, PA – 8p – FREE ADMISSION (w/ Rothenbeck, Lowlight, The Vaughns, & Jesse Elliot and the Falconaires)

04.21.17 – Roxy & Dukes – Dunellen, NJ – 8p – $15 Admission – 21+ (w/ Yawn Mower, Black Flamingoes & Lowlight)

February 22, 2017 in News

Happy Fifth Anniversary Bordentown Guitar Rescue

BGR_LogoFive years ago, Mike Virok opened up his instrument repair and custom shop, the Bordentown Guitar Rescue. Since then they’ve grown significantly, moving to a new location with an expanded sales floor and lesson rooms. Most notably, they’ve partnered up with Rob DeAntonio of Jaded Faith Mods, one of the foremost amplifier experts in the region.

Virok has been a member of The Paper Jets since early 2015, having started as the band’s guitar tech since opening his shop in 2012.