Issues To Do: Paper Gliders, White Oak Music Corridor, November 25, 2022


There are completely named songs after which there may be “Squad Objectives,” the brand new single from Houston indie rockers Paper Gliders. The monitor’s title, and its buoyant vibe, seize this particular second for the band and the town, making it barely higher than excellent.

Freshly-pressed vinyl copies of the only will likely be out there for followers at a launch occasion dubbed “The Black Friday Ball,” November 25 at White Oak Music Corridor. The band’s guitarist/vocalist Vaughn Chung mentioned there’s by no means been a greater time than now for Paper Gliders to refocus on its goals.

“We felt, similar to a whole lot of bands felt, that we have been robbed by the pandemic. We had recorded in studio a few months earlier than the pandemic actually passed off, or earlier than all of us knew. We had recorded a few songs that we’re actually happy with and we had performed at White Oak in 2020, it was most likely a February or January present, and it was a fantastic prove, it was like 200-plus folks,” Chung mentioned.

“Actually, so many issues occurred to us in our private lives as these two years glided by,” he continued. “I gotta be frank. You recognize, we misplaced some focus, and consequently we actually didn’t do a lot, if something in any respect, these couple of years. However, once we rehearsed once more for the primary time after issues began to reopen, we realized, hey, we truly like doing this, we truly take pleasure in this as a gaggle. It’s humorous how that works out.”

That realization got here with the addition of a few new members. Paper Gliders has lengthy been a six-piece, with Chung joined by guitarist Jerick Alegarbes, Henry Dillard on vocals and keys and drummer Adrian Grammer. In 2017, previous members Latoya Johnson and Daniel Campos parted amicably from the group, making room for Abby Burell (lead vocals and keys) and bassist Moe Lerma. So, Paper Gliders stays a sextet.

“I really feel like that is one of the best illustration of us as a gaggle,” Chung famous. “I really feel like, with the addition of those members, we’ve been capable of get the sound that we’re searching for.”

“When Squad Objectives was created, I wrote the principle melody and the chord development in response to the truth that on the finish of 2017 I used to be so joyous to work with a gaggle the place I had a lot perception within the crew and I additionally loved working round these folks. That’s not all the time the case. Generally, in sports activities or no matter, you could be in a extremely proficient crew, however that doesn’t imply you’re going to love everyone you’re employed with, however you perceive that there’s a mission and a activity at hand.

“On this case, I really feel like we’re actually fortunate as a result of I really feel like we genuinely do like one another,” Chung mentioned. “So, ‘Squad Objectives’ was created from a spot of pure happiness.”

It is also a little bit of an anthem for the group because it takes a recent strategy to breaking by means of to bigger audiences, veering away from counting streams and constructing a fan base by means of Patreon.

“I feel that music is already a extremely robust residing and for lots of bands you see the numerous cancellations of teams as a result of they’re simply not creating wealth to assist themselves, it’s just like the naked minimal for lots of those teams,” Chung mentioned. “I knew a band that was like a mid-level group years in the past and I chatted with the guitar participant and I bear in mind speaking to him – this was earlier than the pandemic – and he was like, ‘Man, this isn’t my full-time job, I nonetheless should do coding for a residing, however I want I may do that. However I simply can’t afford to do it.’ They’d thousands and thousands of streams on their Spotify and stuff. I assumed they have been doing fairly nicely however a whole lot of these teams usually are not doing in addition to we expect we’re, simply based mostly on optics.

“I really feel like we’re taking management, we’re making an attempt to take again management of what we’ve left,” he continued. “I don’t wish to use the phrase that we’re ‘going in opposition to’ these massive tech streaming firms. I feel that they serve a objective in the end. I feel streaming basically serves a objective, as a social media platform – Spotify, Apple Music, whichever folks hearken to music from – however, I don’t assume that they’re actually the tip all, be all for artists, particularly for up and coming artists.”

“For us to type of fight that we thought, you already know what, let’s pivot in direction of content material creation. Let’s honor the town as nicely by doing one thing completely different as a gaggle and actually, actually make one thing out of this, which is a giant purpose we thought it was justified to begin the Patreon content material. We’re doing audio and video podcasts, we’re doing music movies, we’re doing covers. We’re additionally utilizing different completely different points of content material and repurposing them in several methods simply to type of hold the engagement extra fascinating for the patron.”

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Entrance to again, left to proper: Grammer, Chung, Dillard, Burell, Alegarbes and Lerma

Picture by Jean Velez, courtesy of Paper Gliders

The band is releasing new content material on Patreon each Monday. A minimal pledge of $3 a month will get followers entry to new music as much as two weeks sooner than its streaming launch date.

“In the event you’re spending $3 on the band, that’s equal to love 600 streams of a music. You’re immediately supporting the band rather more instantly, rather more impactfully, by giving us three bucks a month than listening to our music 600 instances,” Chung mentioned.

A bigger month-to-month contribution contains the chance to earn a producer credit score on future Paper Gliders releases. Not too shabby contemplating “Squad Objectives” was mastered by one in every of Jack White’s mastering engineers and pressed by White’s state-of-the-art urgent plant, Third Man Urgent. Alegarbes designed the quilt artwork.

“To see it come residence with the quilt and the envelope, it simply felt actual and I feel that is what each band type of desires of. There’s this bodily facet – I don’t know what it’s however there’s one thing about seeing your music come out on a disc and particularly on vinyl,” Chung mentioned. “There’s a B-side and the B-side I really feel like isn’t simply the B-side. It’s the acoustic model of the music ‘Birthday Candles.’ It’s a extra stripped- down model and anyone that buys a vinyl from us will get that music completely. That’s not going to be out there for digital audiences. In the event you purchase that vinyl, that’s yours and also you solely get to listen to that model of the music. We’re very completely satisfied that anyone that owns a bit of us hopefully will get to really feel the love that we put behind it and in addition feels slightly particular as nicely.”

Like all hit music, “Squad Objectives” is getting a remix, courtesy of producer Mark Drew. Drew is a longtime Houston hip hop artist and producer who lately went viral freestyling in regards to the Houston Astros’ newest championship run. As a result of the music suits so completely for moments when groups just like the ‘Stros come collectively, and due to the band’s friendship with Drew, a remix appeared like a no brainer.

“Henry and Mark have had a relationship, skilled and friendship, for a very long time now. Henry’s performed keys in Mark Drew’s solo mission prior to now and Henry is only a music connoisseur, he likes all of it. Hip hop, R&B, it doesn’t matter,” mentioned Chung, who referred to as his pal and bandmate “a pure music lover.”

“When Henry took discover of Mark’s success of capitalizing on the Astros’ insane playoff run and seeing all of the movies he put out, he was like, ‘Hey, this can be a man I do know and I like him as an individual. Let’s have him do stuff.’”

That stuff features a studio video pairing Drew with Paper Gliders to have a good time the World Sequence champs and Drew singing and rapping an authentic verse on the remix, which is quickly to be launched.

“It sounds actually cool. I’ve truly jammed it much more than the unique as of late. I feel it’s superior and I feel it reveals the edgy aspect, if that’s the phrase I actually wanna use. It simply sounds actually cool. I’m a music concept man to a sure extent and I may hear what he was actually making an attempt to do and I used to be nerding out after I was listening to it,” Chung mentioned.

“Squad Objectives” is an effective music to dial up when reflecting on the Astros’ latest success. Chung is an avid fan of the crew.

“I’ve been following them since 2004 after I was 12 they usually have been within the NLCS and misplaced in seven in opposition to the Cardinals. So, I’ve been there. I used to be there and I used to be a younger man. I didn’t actually know a lot about baseball. My mother and father are Vietnam Struggle refugees so I didn’t develop up watching baseball,” he said. “That was one thing that I noticed on TV and thought, this seems to be actually cool and I establish with them. So, it’s type of all come full circle that we win a championship, we train all of the demons and we bury all of the narratives and we get to do it as a metropolis. And Mark and I are most likely equally fanatic of the Astros, we’re simply coming from completely different backgrounds however we’ve extra issues in widespread than we don’t and we needed to indicate that, that we may have some enjoyable. And we have been completely satisfied to have him aboard.”

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Squad Up! Paper Gliders is making ready for a giant yr in 2023

Picture by Jean Velez, courtesy of Paper Gliders

He’ll be aboard for the Black Friday Ball, as a particular featured visitor, together with assist from Terra Coast and No Rehearsal.

“We type of snuck him into the set due to how issues went down and we thought there wasn’t going to be a much bigger alternative for each acts to type of mix and be part of one another for that evening. I imply, squad targets, proper? That’s the thought.

“We’re actually excited to have him on board particularly in a present that’s promoted with some indie rock bands, to have a Houston act like him to be welcomed into the fold, I feel that alone goes to be thrilling,” Chung mentioned. “I feel that he suits nicely and I feel that individuals that may doubtlessly take pleasure in our music would additionally take pleasure in his music as nicely.”

Chung additionally mentioned Drew’s present success is the results of placing within the many hours it takes to interrupt by means of, the identical route Paper Gliders is taking and the trail to success charted by of us in all places in all types of endeavors. That makes “Squad Objectives” a theme music for anybody uniting to satisfy a purpose.

“It’s well-deserved,” Chung mentioned of Drew’s latest kudos, “and I feel all of us share that type of gas of the American dream. In the event you simply hold working arduous and be good and sort to everybody, good issues will ultimately occur. That’s the thought.”

Paper Gliders celebrates the discharge of its new 7-inch vinyl for “Squad Objectives” at The Black Friday Ball, Friday, November 25 at White Oak Music Corridor, 2915 N. Most important. With Mark Drew, Terra Coast and No Rehearsal. Doorways at 7:30 p.m. for this all ages present. $10.



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