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Jerry Paper Announces New Album “Free Time” out April 15th via Stones Throw Records & Shares First Single “Kno Me”

February 2, 2022
Photo credit: Sandy Honig





Jerry Paper today announces details of their forthcoming new album “Free Time“, the third record due April 15th via Stones Throw Records.

The new record is described as an expression of freedom on their journey to self-discovery as a nonbinary artist, groover, and, most importantly, “shaker of ass”. Alongside details of the album Jerry Paper shares first single ‘Kno Me’ with its video directed by Jerry’s long-time-collaborator Alan Resnick

An elusive artist capturing this distinct empowering movement in the fierce grooves of this ensemble. The lyrics and tender traits within the vocal melodies bring this clear personal journey to ride the rhythms hand in hand. The anthemic persona of this compelling artist oozes from each angle of the release and evokes this fierce plight from the visionary that is Lucas.

With Free Time, Jerry Paper invites us to climb aboard their funhouse version of the Starship Enterprise, one whose Prime Directive is self-acceptance— learning to rid ourselves of judgment from without and within, to forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and to boldly go into the Deep Space of our own inner worlds, where our inner wellspring of creativity lies. By the end of the album, Nathan Lucas lands their spacecraft and disembarks, and *comes out* (literally and figuratively) from the vessel embracing themselves for who they really are: non-binary, a beautiful flower, nuanced, strange, bizarre, and flawed…with a ketchup stain on their blue dress.

Nathan says: “I wrote ‘Kno Me’ while reflecting on what it means to know yourself, and how that comes up against being misunderstood by the world. I have felt so much desire to be known and understood by people I’m close to (and, foolishly, strangers!) that I have wasted plenty of time losing sight of myself in the process. Coming out as nonbinary was a huge way for me to know myself deeply, and paradoxically something about sharing that with the world made me care less about how people see me. I have a much more comprehensive understanding of myself and nothing can take that away from me. The imagery in the song comes from the first day I decided to wear a dress outside while running errands. I kept repeating “fuck you, you don’t know me” in my head whenever I saw anybody as a way to center myself. Soon I realized most people didn’t care at all or weren’t paying attention to me so it made me laugh and also feel really good and free!

Free Time follows previous album Abracadabra (2020), which saw Lucas Nathan explore the significance and limitations of language, written and recorded at a time when Nathan was rediscovering the power of words, stories and symbols. Their first record on Stones Throw Records – Like A Baby (2018) – included collaborations with BadBadNotGood’s Matty Tavares, Weyes Blood, Mild High Club and Charlotte Day Wilson

Free Time Tracklist

01. Kno Me

02. Just Say Play

03. Second Skin

04. Shaking Ass 

05. Myopitopia

06. Duumb

07. Second Place


09. Gracie III

10. Flower, A Square

Jerry Paper – US & Canada tour dates 

(on sale Wednesday 2 February at 10am PT)

6/4 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA*

6/10 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*

6/11 – Starline Social Club – Oakland, CA*

6/13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR* 

6/14 – Wise Hall – Vancouver, BC

6/15 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA* 

6/18 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO 

6/20 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS 

6/21 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN 

6/22 – UW Madison – Madison, WI 

6/23 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL 

6/24 – The Magic Bag – Detroit, MI 

6/26 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON 

6/27 – Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QB 

6/28 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT 

6/29 – AS2220 – Providence, RI 

6/30 – Market Hotel – Brooklyn, NY

7/2 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA 

7/3 – Songbyrd – Washington, DC

7/5 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC

7/6 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA 

7/7 – Third Man – Nashville, TN 

7/8 – Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN 

7/10 – Deep Ellum Art Company – Dallas, TX 

7/11 – Antone’s – Austin, TX

7/13 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX 

7/15 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ 

7/16 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ

7/17 – The Alibi – Palm Springs, CA

7/18 – The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA

*Support from Stones Throw artist Maylee Todd for west coast dates


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