Someone pissed off The Paper Jets. The normally amicable lads of the Asbury Park based band best known for their breezy, melodic power-pop veer into angrier territory with their fantastic new single “Go On Go On” and we couldn’t be more thrilled to premiere it. Often compared to The Beach Boys, Big Star and The Beatles, this track is closer akin in spirit and energy to The Clash.
“At night I dream you are the enemy. The dress you wear, I swear, it’s killing me,” lead singer/guitarist Brian Erickson sings, adeptly walking the line between anger and regret. The guitar interaction between Erickson and lead guitarist Michael James Virok joyfully meets at the intersection of early punk and the anthemic arena filling work of Pete Townshend of The Who. “Tonight I sleep although it’s not so soundly,” Erickson sings, “crash awake it’s chaos all around me.” Chaos has never sounded so good. The drumming of Frank Lattieri Jr. really stands out, at times channeling the rat-a-tat of The Clash’s “Tommy Gun.” Paired with bassist Scott Austin Miller and you have a killer rhythm section. And let’s not forget that surprise horn section courtesy of Miller and Matt Fischer.
Relationships of any kind are hard work. Erickson explains, “Someone is lodging these “very serious complaints” and the other person is just…done. It’s what happens when people stop being on the same page, and someone cares *way* less than someone else. But that aloofness can also help keep someone safe. They know this is no good for them, they’ve gotta get out, and this is what they do. It’s all they *can* do. It’s all they can muster.”
“Go On Go On” was co-written with the band’s friend Jeff Fiedler. “Jeff is like a songwriting secret weapon. He and I have co-written something like 15 songs together.” Erickson continues “It’s always fun to branch out, but having someone like that to consistently go back to and work with really grounds the material.”
The band played the whole un-released record, Everyday Forever, a while back at the Wonder Bar. I was floored by the roller coaster of emotion and sound in this opus, especially the rollicking “Go On Go On.” The album was written, produced, recorded, and mixed by the band themselves with mastering by Rodney Mills who has worked with the likes of Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and the Beastie Boys. Good things are worth the wait. Thankfully the wait is almost over.
The Paper Jets will have a release show for Everyday Forever on December 7th at Asbury Lanes. Joining the celebration will be Tara Dente & The Blind Pilots, We’re Ghosts Now, Dave Mooney & Viewers Like You and Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son. You can pick up tix here.
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