"The bubbly Ted Leo/Ben Folds power pop hooks and sharp-witted song styles found in these Garden State melody makers are a ray of sunshine to the usual agro-aggressive fare we get each weekend around these parts."
"The band’s emphasis on songwriting and intricate lyrics is a satisfying homage to folk music [while] the jangly guitars and bright melodies are given an edge thanks to a bit of distortion and the wavering tenor of guitarist/vocalist Brian Erickson."
-The Aquarian Weekly
What does a band do when it finds itself stuck in the midst of the laborious process of crafting a debut album? If you're the Paper Jets, you take a few days off, head to your drummer's house, and record another album. Having been holed up in a dark recording studio working on the previously announced Pictures Like This One for the past year, the band was ready to bask in the sunshine and jump into a pool of sponteneity and creative fervor. As they toweled off, out popped the 8-track Face Forward.
Recorded in a single, rainy March weekend, Face Forward is an uplifting smattering of what the Paper Jets do best, including old standards "Joseph" and "Memories," new rockers "Down" and "Short Woman," and a few unheard, brand spanking new tunes like "Two and Two" and "I'm Done."
"When you've got a band full of songwriters," says vocalist-guitarist Brian Erickson, "and you're recording an album with only 11 tracks, you end up with a lot of other material that isn't getting used. We decided to use that material sooner rather than later."
According to bassist Scottie Maloney, "We're calling this our debut debut-album because we've been calling Pictures Like This One the debut for so long."
Recalling just how this project worked, opposed to the nose-to-the-gridstone nature of Pictures..., guitarist Bill Lambusta relayed how "As It Gets" ended up a Paper Jets song: "After knocking back a few watery domestics one boring Saturday night, I grabbed my guitar and laptop and laid down the music. It was cool that Brian then picked up where I left off and recorded some words, really turning it into a song."
"When Brian was laying down his guitar for 'Goodbye on Tuesday,'" says drummer Frank Lettieri, "it suddenly started to storm outside. It was real noisy--downpour rain on the roof with thundering--but I decided to let the tape roll. At the end of the track you'll hear a great thunderclap that actually occurred just as Brian finished the take--that was completely natural, that wasn't edited in, that timing was perfect as is. I think we have something special; and I think that was nature agreeing."