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"Columbus, Ohio's Yellow Paper Planes are indie but not cutesy. They can be heavy but not aggro. Power pop for punks who like country. Folk music for folks who kind of hate folk music." - GhettoBlaster Magazine
Reforming after the dissolution of Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes, drummer for that band, Brandon Woods and front man, Joshua P. James, picked up bassist, Peter Mendenhall and keys/guitar player, Jeremy Ebert and began the process of building up and tearing down, changing direction and inching closer to the sound that is now Yellow Paper Planes.
The band mixes dynamic, sometimes dramatic, arrangements with simplicity and straightforward hooks. The ever-elusive genre classification has yielded such descriptors as "dark, minimalist, indie-psych-rock" and "dramatic folk-pop" and "rock n roll infused Americana but not Americana in that way", whatever that means.
“The quartet’s sound… explored shadier byways, taking unexpected sonic detours rather than hewing to the traditional verse-chorus-verse format. The best of these, a winding, seven-plus minute epic built around the idea of escape (“The more I come down/The more I want to get high”), swung between weary passages and more urgent moments, reaching its peak when the music nearly dropped out altogether and James bellowed “I’m still in this alone” like a man in desperate need of human connection.” – Sensory Overload, Columbus Alive
YPP released their debut EP "Feather's Touch" in late spring of 2015, a batch of four songs that touched on themes both personal and universal and saw the band setting up the palette for their followup full length release, "Building A Building". The debut LP from Yellow Paper Planes, which has been garnering praise nationwide, is a cohesive collection of twelve songs that continues to eschew easy categorization.
"Yellow Paper Planes prove exactly why they’re one of the best out there right now. A complete hybrid of spectacular sound, the new album Building A Building evolves, moves, grows & grooves as it plays through a plethora of styles from indie to rock, psychedelic to pop and everywhere worth exploring in between." - Sleeping Bag Studios