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We Are All Strange Friends

by The Paper Jets

A new take on the powerpop genre that mixes indie, alternative, punk and classic rock with elements of jazz, prog and hard rock.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cooking Up an Accident
3:37 $0.99
2. Friends of Friends
3:36 $0.99
3. Set of Rules
3:34 $0.99
4. Lena Lena
3:21 $0.99
5. It's Only Talk
2:14 $0.99
6. Father's War
4:52 $0.99
7. Making Me Run
1:15 $0.99
8. Now You're Gone
3:11 $0.99
9. I Said You Don't
3:19 $0.99
10. Misinformed
5:01 $0.99
11. Getaway Car
5:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
"We Are All Strange Friends," the debut full-length album from New Jersey-based alt-rockers The Paper Jets, is a new take on powerpop, a classic genre that has long been in need of a revival. Freshening up old-school influences such as Big Star and Cheap Trick with a dose of Ben Folds, Spoon and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, the record is an exploration of the relationships that make life worth living and sometimes tear it apart. Lead single "Set of Rules" sees the band embracing pure pop while "Cooking Up an Accident" mixes charging guitars, soaring vocals and an infectious stop-start chorus to create the album's hard-rocking mission statement. Meanwhile, "It's Only Talk" shows off the band's tight interplay, "Father's War" weaves in elements of prog-rock and jazz, and "Now You're Gone" brings drummer Frank Lettieri Jr. to the mic for an epic hard-rock throwdown.

Produced by Brian E.
Engineered by Ian D.G. Bennett, Jeff Sarafinas & Frank Lettieri Jr.
Mixed by Ian D.G. Bennett
Mastered by Larry & Kevin Nix at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN
Artwork by Frank Lettieri Jr.
Photography by Amanda Guthrie, Lisa Grosso, Scottie Maloney, Joanne Petrillo & Brian E.

The Paper Jets are:
Brian E. - Vocals, Guitar
Scottie Maloney - Bass
Frank Lettieri Jr. - Drums, Vocals
Tim Ryan - Piano, Keys, Backing Vocals

Jim "The Silent Storm" McGee - lead guitar on "Friends of Friends," acoustic guitar on "I Said You Don't"
Ian D.G. Bennett - tambourine on "Set of Rules," harp on "Father's War"
Jeff Fiedler - additional production on "Father's War"

All songs composed by Brian E. except:
"Lena Lena" by Brian E./Scottie Maloney
"It's Only Talk" & "Father's War" by Brian E./Jeff Fiedler
"Now You're Gone" by Brian E./Jeff Fiedler/Frank Lettieri Jr.
"Misinformed" by Brian E./Tim Ryan

Management by Bill Greenwood

****Band Bio****
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 Jr. on drums and vocals. Influenced by Cheap Trick, Big Star, Ben Folds, Spoon and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, the band is preparing to release its debut full-length album, "We Are All Strange Friends," on January 28, 2014.

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." 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." 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” followed in 2012 and will also be featured on "We Are All Strange Friends." 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 Pub in Chicago.



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