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Green Paper

New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
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Green Paper is a band that my good buddy James keeps pushing on me, but make no mistake; they are without a doubt worth writing about and sharing with you. He did a bit of instrumentation on their debut album, but not on the single they just released last month. You can find that down below, and probably catch the band around Rutgers University and the Piscataway area in general.

Sound-wise, the band is indie-pop and has a Young the Giant feel to them, but I also hear a sound very reminiscent of ARMS and even that poppy, shoegaze feel that Ambulance LTD had. How many hipster cred points did I earn with that sentence? One BILLION. Enjoy! - Racecar Spacecar

They say the best things in life are worth waiting for. Ever since the world was given a taste of Green Paper through a two-track EP called “Bookends” back in 2009, we waited with baited breath for the first full-length from the New Jersey foursome — and Green Paper delivered.

On Feb. 12, the indie rock band officially released its debut album, “Fire,” the first in a series of five concept albums.

Green Paper is frontman singer/guitarist Tomm Hart, lead guitarist Jeff Lane, bassist Michael Mendonez and drummer Natalie Newbold, who all hail from Central Jersey. Hart, junior international studies major, and Mendonez, senior English major, are students at the College. Hart has performed at various campus events.

They have certainly grown a lot since their first lo-fi recordings, mastering nine new tracks, and one familiar one — “April 27th, 2004,” a standout track on the album — where Hart shows off his vocal and lyrical prowess. The band employs catchy, complex guitar riffs and vocal harmonies to create a distinct sound for itself.

Green Paper is like no other contemporary band — its pseudo-psychedelic riffs, clever use of echoing and emotional lyrics put it in a class above the rest. It is obvious the band took their time to perfect “Fire” — every part of this album is artfully crafted to produce a captivating listening experience.

Truly, that is what this album is meant to be — an experience. It is somewhat of a sacrilege to listen to the tracks out of order, but so rewarding (cathartic, even) to listen to the album straight through. Themes of destructive love and regret seem to thread themselves through “Fire.”

Green Paper is also quite successful in using electronic mediums throughout the album. The amount of effort that went into the production of this album is wholly apparent when listening to the intricacies of the recording.

What’s most impressive about the production is remembering that Green Paper is a local New Jersey band, whose members are four college students (Lane attends Middlesex Community College and Newbold attends Rutgers University).

What they may lack in notoriety, they make up for with wholehearted passion for their craft and the diligence to produce an enthralling concept series. Green Paper is going places, so get in on the ground floor while you can. Its charged melodies and members’ bizarre love of pugs make Green Paper a band you’re not going to want to miss out on.

Give “Fire” a spin. You’ll surely be itching for more from this up-and-coming local band. - Julian Star, The Signal

"It’s trippy and fuzzy, Rock N’ Roll and pop, catchy and mind warping in a 10-track collection, and it stems from the outfit’s greatest influences."

"It’s a work born from heart break, personal loss, alleged covert recording operations in a collegiate studio somewhere in Philadelphia, and diets consisting mainly of burritos for weeks at a time."

"Fire is an amazing triumph and the story of its creation is staggering, the ultimate tale of D.I.Y. band handling its business and scoffing at those who told them “no.” - Chris Rotolo of Speak Into My Good Eye


Rain Single (Released 12 May 2012)-

Water Single (Released 1 August 2011 ) -

Fire - Full Length Debut Album - (Released 12 February 2011 ) -

Bookends Single (Released 3 March 2010 ) -



We are four gung-ho and exceptionally strange musicians from planet New Jersey. The neighbors would file noise complaints on us every Wednesday and Thursday if we didn’t rake their leaves and shovel their snow to subsidize our first record. We have three-and-a-half college degrees (still raking leaves), weigh a collective five hundred pounds, and have our hearts and ears set on making music for anyone who will listen.

We are a shoegaze-y, psychedelic rock band with a love for catchy melodies. We dig guitars that sound like radios, sparkly vocal harmonies, and lush, home-grown sound textures. Through our music we try to encapsulate the sonic imprint of each Chinese Toaist element: Fire, Water, Metal, Wood and Earth. We released our first full-length album, Fire, in Feb 2011. Since then, we have released three songs of our upcoming full-length, Water.

Our names are (alphabetically) Tomm Hart, Jeff Lane, Michael Mendonez, and Natalie Newbold.

We’re Green Paper and we’re after all your hearts.