LIVE REVIEW: Paper Planes // Berwyn, IL


By Kristina Balboa

Paper Planes is a local Chicago-suburban band made up of Jack Wenstrup on vocals and lead guitar, Collin Page back-up vocals and guitar, Connor Page back-up vocals and bass, Austin Gannon on the drums, and Anthony Gomez doubling on keyboard and guitar. Paper Planes played a recent show last month in Berwyn.

The worst part of the night was the commute to the venue, which for any Chicagoan using public transportation, it takes approximately two and a half hours. Once you walk in WIRE, you notice a bar that lines the wall and with the perfect amount of lighting that creates a close and intimate connection between the performers and the crowd. Paper Planes defiantly used this space to their advantage.

After spending twenty minutes of tuning and get ready after already on stage, the show started and Collin asked everyone to crowd as close to stage as they possibly could. They started off with a cover of Walk The Moon’s hit song Shut Up and Dance.

Now don’t take this review out of context! If you got the chance to see Paper Planes live at Wire in Berwyn, Illinois then you saw one heck of a show!

Paper Planes is one of the best local bands around town and a new personal favorite. They played all of their original jams off of their EP and mixed in a lot of covers from well-known bands such as Dance, Dance by Fall Out Boy and Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People.

Inserting a lot of covers into their set list was by far the smartest decision any local band could make while playing a live show.  By mixing in other songs that the crowd knew beforehand, everyone was already eased up and dancing along as they played their own songs.

The crowd was super ecstatic to be there and a large majority knew every word to each one of their songs and sang them on the top of their lungs. The whole vibe of the night was in high-speed and it seemed to have ended way too soon.

Believe it or not the crowd chanted for an encore for at least ten minutes straight! Sadly Paper Planes could not perform any longer as workers of the venue began to carry instruments from off the stage.

If you’re interested in checking out Paper Planes (which I highly recommend) you can download music at


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