Automatic Loveletter are writing new music for a future release. Check out a tweet from Tommy Simms below by clicking “Read More.”
Juliet Simms of Automatic Letter finished second in The Voice tonight next to Jermaine Paul.
Juliet Simms covered “Free Bird” on the finals of The Voice tonight. To vote for Simms, you can call this number 1 855 864 2302. Watch the cover below by clicking “Read More.”
Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter has advances to the final four on The Voice. Check out a tweet from Simms below by clicking “Read More.”
Juliet Simms is currently on The Voice, which has caused many fans of Automatic Loveletter to be concerned about the band’s future. In a new interview, Simms addressed the future of the band. Check out a snippet of what she said below by clicking “Read More.”
Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter is officially a contestent on The Voice. You can check out her first performance of The Beatles’ “Oh! Darling” below by clicking “Read More.”
POZ Flashback Session: ”Heart Song” // Automatic Loveletter
PropertyOfZack had the chance to sit down with Juliet Simms from Automatic Loveletter for a brief interview at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Juliet and I discussed how being the only acoustic act on the tour has been, Truth Or Dare, The Kids Will Take Their Monsters On, and more. Read up and enjoy!
We’re just about a month in on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. How have all the shows been so far?
Really great. I’m the only acoustic artist on the tour, so it’s very different. We didn’t really know how it was going to pan out, but it turns out that kids like acoustic music.
Last year you did Warped with the full band, so is it a cool change?
It’s a great change. I’m back to my roots and the basics and I’m very happy.
You were definitely a late addition to Warped Tour, at least in the minds of fans. Have fans been coming out?
Every day I’ve had packed tents. When I do play a stage it’s packed with kids. It’s great.
Last year you were out supporting Truth Or Dare. A year later, how has the reception to that been?
It’s been good. It’s doing really well in Japan and Australia. The Kids Will Take Their Monsters On I think is something fans were craving more from me.
POZ: Do you think it hits harder because it’s acoustic and back to basics?
Juliet: It’s back to my roots. There are no other cooks in the kitchen besides me and the producer I worked with. They’re new songs that didn’t go through three different record labels and get re-recorded a thousand times. It’s just pure.
Was the writing process fresh as well just for those reasons?
Yeah, I get to play these songs that I just wrote and I’m definitely getting to convey more of who I am as an artist on this album than I got to do on Truth Or Dare.
Shane Henderson from Valencia co-produced the record. How was it in the studio with him?
It was amazing. He’s one of my best friends so it was a lot of fun to be in the studio with him.
The Kids Will Take Their Monsters On is Automatic Loveletter’s fifth studio album, produced by Valencia vocalist Shane Henderson and released on Paper + Plastick Records. The album is entirely acoustic, adding a personal aspect to the music and allowing vocalist Juliet Simms to use her full spectrum of emotion and vocal range. It’s a risky thing for a relatively unknown artist like Simms to show such bravery; with so few instruments, there’s virtually nothing that detracts from a voice that she showcases beautifully.
The album starts off with a sultry, romantic number called “Never Take It Off,” and what the opener lacks in length, it makes up for in range. At once, the listener is exposed to everything that will be heard in the album. The song is just Simms and a quiet guitar, demonstrating raw talent at its best. “Never Take It Off” leads into a speedier “Save Me,” where Simms rocks out the best she can while accompanied by an acoustic guitar.
“Black Ink Revenge” is one of the pinnacle songs on the album. The structure of the lyrics and the tone of her voice throughout this song indicate that Simms feels strongly about her dreams and the boy who interrupts them. An excellent example of a prize for hard work, the song was originally intended to be on a Sony release by the band, but the President of Sony Records disliked the song and rejected it. Clearly, Simms persevered and created an acoustic version for this release. “Black Ink Revenge” precedes “Click,” a cliché ballad about the ups and downs of touring and being in a band, and, like the roads Simms sings about, it wears on.
The next two songs, “Carry the Fire” and “Trade Places,” are similar both in subject and style. They drone on, are almost indiscernible from one another and add a negative tone to the album. However, the next track, “Cruel, Cruel” has a a playful, jazzy tone that makes this song in particular stand out from other, more demure tracks.