Yellow Paper Planes

Yellow Paper Planes

 
Columbus, Ohio, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Yellow Paper Planes emerge in the wake of the dissolution of Columbus, Ohio's alt-country gem Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes. Expanding from three to four pieces with a new bassist and a keys player, James and drummer, Brandon Woods, are newly energized in their plight to take alt-country, folk-flavored indie music to fuller and sharper edged territory.

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Biography

From the crumbled remains of alt-country indie-darlings Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes whose debut LP "PLEASE, PLEASE" received radio play on 139 stations nationwide and was widely lauded for its straightforward, no frills attack, emerges the next iteration. Yellow Paper Planes sees James and drummer Brandon Woods putting together a new project with bassist, Pete Mendenhall and keys player, auxiliary man, Jeremy Ebert.

Yellow Paper Planes are necessarily a continuation of JPJ and The Paper Planes but a step in a new direction that stills knows where it came from. 

Joshua's songwriting is the main unifying force, but his approach is decidedly less direct and touching upon more deeply personal experiences that he previously didn't have the confidence to share. The palette upon which these songs are coming to life is more exploratory and modern led by a band that is energized around the idea of creating in a band aesthetic and not just supporting a singer songwriter. 

There were plans for a release in the summer of 2014, but James isn't promising anything concrete just yet:

"It's gonna have to take as long as it needs to. We want to get this right."

They have already endured several setbacks in their infancy as Yellow Paper Planes. Woods broke his hand badly in the fall of 2013 requiring three pins and a lot of time for recovery. That time was enough for James to decide to strip everything they had put together up to that point down to the studs and start anew (again). Regardless, all four members of Yellow Paper Planes are resolved in realizing the ambitions of this new direction.


Lyrics

Ocean Arms

Written By: Joshua P. James

Rosewater smells like morning to me.
two drops of honey in my morning tea.
The dew sure feels funny on my wakening feet,
and the sun's coming up all pink just like I told ya.

What does this morning's paper say?
read me some good news to start off my day.
if you can find none, make some up along the way.
Oh, Don't worry babe just come smell this sweet bay magnolia.

For you dear I would run
over stained glass chards and fencing barbs
'cause you promised I could stay if I come
and I would run
Into the swells of your ocean arms

For you dear I would run
over stained glass chards and fencing barbs
'cause you promised I could stay if I come
and I would run
Into the swells of your ocean arms

Old Wind

Written By: Joshua P. James

I've heard it said that time is an ocean
and we're all sailing until shore's been reached
if that's the truth we've got one thing going
at least we're gonna die on the beach

i hear that old wind a-callin'
he's rolling his r's
this packed load that i've been haulin'
it might be gone by tomorrow

now i might say that time is a train track
with all the times trains come running through old folks songs
i've hopped a fare that i can never pay back
so i just keep on strumming along
trying to stay two steps ahead of my own dumb songs

i hear that old wind a-callin'
he's rolling his r's
this packed load that i've been haulin'
it might be gone by tomorrow

i hear that old wind a-callin'
he's rolling his r's
this packed load that i've been haulin'
it might be gone by tomorrow
all gon by tomorrow
all gone.

Yellow Paper

Written By: Joshua P. James

well, I wrote this down on yellow paper
and i folded it and I sailed it on the sea
it came upon some rocky water
and it sunk into the shallow reef

now, I can't recall what it was I was to remember
because my note is in some fish's gut
so, I drop a line and i watch a bobber
and I wait to raise my thoughts back up

I'm taking shots now in the dark
I'm tugging the strings on your dress
I'm crossing my fingers one on one
just what I want is anybody's guess

well, forget me not sings the bird to the bee
you meet me when the bud turns to blossom
I thought about saying to you such beautiful things
but alas I forgot 'em

I'm taking shots now in the dark
I'm tugging the strings on your dress
I'm crossing my fingers one on one
just what I want, it anybody's guess
I never know just what might happen next.

High Lonesome

Written By: Joshua P. James

This canyon smells of oak and cedar and dust
the plan needed changed a redesign, an adjust
I couldn't stop drinking, wouldn't even stop to cuss
The canyon smells of oak and fever and rust

The gum tree sounds of a few crows and one calling bird
i'm up here in it, man, trying to make out the words
getting up's easy it's the coming down that worst
the gum tree sounds a few crows and one cuckaburra

a high lonesome in light snow
looking for someone to roust my coals
a high lonesome in cotton, low

this path looks like a pistol and a stolen car
from from these heights you can see nothing but stars
how each one pokes out from just beyond the edge of the dark
still this path looks loose gravel and a broken arm
this path looks like loose gravel and broken hearts

a high lonesome in light snow
i'm looking for someone to roust my coals
a high lonesome in cotton, low

i am an old man with a young face
somewhere in a closet there's a portrait that shows my age
sometimes i fear my years are too far beyond this pace
and that i am a cold spell in a heat wave
we're all just cold spells and heat waves

a high lonesome in light snow
i'm looking for someone to roust my coals
a high lonesome in cotton, low

Discography

Joshua P. James solo efforts:

2009 - Kisses and Honeycomb EP- self-produced

2010 - As Long As I Am Tall - debut LP - self-produced

Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes:

2012 - Please, Please LP - produced by Jay Alton, mastered by Brian Lucey

Set List

Current Originals Include:

Knock Once

Wound Up

Sword and Stone

Stare to Hold

Darkest Hour

Yellow Paper

Wildflower

Sour Apple

Haunt Your House

Run Like Fire

I'll Be Damned

Old Wind

High Lonesome

Favorite Covers:

"Straight A's in Love" - Johnny Cash

"Bird On a Wire" - Leonard Cohen