Paper Airplane

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There’s a saying in Ohio: If you don’t like the weather just wait a couple minutes and it’ll change. Likewise, PAPER AIRPLANE has set its path on creating melodic, vocal-based indie pop that never really goes where you think it will. Gentle indie pop often turns into something more experimental and rough – sometimes within the same song. The point is the craft of song-writing, in lieu of vacuous trends. The band has release two LPs, including the 2007 critic’s favorite “Middlemarch” (All Hail Records) and the 2009 “White Elephants,” recorded with Cincinnati engineer Brian Niesz (Heartless Bastards). The group is gearing up for its third LP in 2010. “Middlemarch” was released to critical praise and radio play across the country. Columbus Alive called it among the top releases from the city in the past 30 years. “Middlemarch is an exquisite record filled with brilliant musings on the minutia of daily life,” Columbus Alive reporter John Ross wrote. Featured on college radio stations across the United States and Canada, Paper Airplane has been a featured band on the influential Nic Harcourt’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and other KCRW shows. The group’s music is often featured by clothing company Hollister and has appeared on television shows such as Roadtrip Nation. Paper Airplane has supported such national recording artists as Mates of State, Heartless Bastards, The Walkmen, Rogue Wave, Matt Pond PA, The National, Robbers on High Street, The Redwalls, Richard Swift, Howlin’ Maggie, the legendary Dick Dale, The Minders and more. “They are quirky and hard to pin down,” critic Kari Wethington wrote. “Too sweet to be punk rock, too earnest to be indie rock, too loud to be folk.” The group has mobilized a dedicated regional following based on a tight, decidedly more aggressive and spirited sound than those shows of the past. With drummer Antonio Garza, and keyboardist Teresa Kent-Horns, Ryan Horns and his band have found a way to avoid trends and focus entirely on the craft of song-writing, while always staying true to themselves.