The Paper Jets are a three-piece alt-rock/powerpop band based in Princeton, NJ, and featuring Brian E. on vocals and guitar, Scottie Maloney on bass, and Frank Lettieri on drums and vocals. Heavily influenced by Cheap Trick, Big Star, Ben Folds, Spoon, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the band is preparing to release its debut full-length album, We Are All Strange Friends, in late 2013.
Founded in 2005 under the moniker The Invisible Solid, The Paper Jets grew out of a senior thesis project undertaken by Brian and Frank, who were both students at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The goal was to record a full album using only “consumer” equipment, and five of the songs from these sessions can be heard on the band’s odds-and-sods collection, Sorta Bored, available on iTunes and Spotify. In 2008, Scottie joined the band, and the group adopted their current name after a brainstorming session that resulted in rejected titles such as The Sly Figurines, The Effuse, At the Laundromat, Peter Buck’s Air Rage, and Ballscraper.
In 2009, the band released their debut mini-LP, Face Forward, available on iTunes and Spotify. They followed that release in 2011 with the live concert DVD Bored in Town, which was packaged with Sorta Bored. The standalone single “Cooking Up an Accident” was issued in 2012 and will also be featured on We Are All Strange Friends. The single is available now on iTunes and Spotify. In 2013, “It’s Only Talk” was released as a Hurricane Sandy benefit single on the group’s Bandcamp page, and their studio cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” was featured on the FDR Label compilation album My Hometown: A Tribute to NJ. All proceeds from sales of the album will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Over the years, The Paper Jets have played some of the most respected venues in the Northeast, including The Trocadero and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia; The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ; and Sullivan Hall and The Bitter End in New York City as well as the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, where the band played in front of the Washington Monument, and the Heritage Festival in Trenton, NJ. They also recently wrapped a Summer 2013 tour of the Midwest highlighted by a headlining set at The Abbey in Chicago.