Paper Tree was Tom's first new project formed when he moved back to the
Chicago suburbs after spending six years in Champaign and Urbana.
The band was a reunion with a college friend and collaborator, Brian Sanchez.
During college, the two played with Tim Rimbos and Tom Maslin in a band
called Admiral Freebee.
In October 2002, Brian and Tom began recording the band's first record,
which would eventually be released in May of the following year. The
album's title 6'x 4' is a reference to the space with which the two
had to work while tracking the album. With the exception of the drums,
the album was recorded in bedrooms, one track at a time. The drums were
recorded in the basement of Tom's Elmhurst house. The duo worked at a solid
pace of two to three sessions per week. Brian brought most of the songs
to the table, and came up with all the programmed drum tracks. Brian
played acoustic guitar and the majority of lead guitar on the record, while Tom supplied bass, drums,
some guitar, synth, and vocals. The record was mixed by Brian's brother
Manny at Chicago Recording Company.
Following the release of 6' x 4', Brian and Tom took the band from the
studio to the stage by recruiting Tim Rimbos on drums and Adam Dell on
rhythm guitar and backing vocals. The group played about 10 shows,
including an Elliot Smith tribute show performed on March 2, 2005.
It was the band's last performance to date.
Brian and Tom never stopped recording. In June 2003, a few weeks after
finishing 6' x 4', the duo convened at Brian's Chicago apartment to begin
work on a new Perona song entitled "Jacob vs. Sam". Neither of them would
have guessed that it would take nearly eleven years to complete the
record. Tracking was completed in late 2010, and the record was mixed
and mastered by Manny Sanchez in March 2011. From that point until the spring of 2014, the
album sat completed, gracing the iPods of a few friends, but never getting
the full production treatment it deserved.
In the fall of 2012, Brian and Tom reconvened at a different
Chicago apartment of Brian's to begin work on a new batch of Brian's
original material. The sessions for the new songs rekindled interest in
the completed, but not yet packaged second album. Tom coordinated with
their longtime friend and graphic artist Matthew Benkert (Chewy) to create
the album's packaging and in March 2014, the second album, entitled In Due Time, was
Brian and Tom are continue working on their third studio album, this time
in the comforts of Populist Recording with the honorable James Scott at
the board. No due date has been set for the record, other than the band
hopes to release it prior to 2024.
All songs from the band's first two records are available to stream or download.
Click on the play button to listen to a song, or right click the song
title to download the mp3.