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"I knew it would take a lot of work to incorporate live drumming into the band's sound," McDonald says. "But after our first few shows, it was obvious that it was going to work and also open up new possibilities creatively."
"The three of us had learned to operate as one," says Howat, "but we knew Gavin would get us out of our comfort zone, add some healthy tension and challenge us to go further, artistically." "It also allowed us to not dive completely into the synthetic element of being an electronic band," adds Smith. "We love using computers as instruments - the options are amazing - but there's something about organic instruments that you can't argue with, that seems timeless." Paper Route's brand of laptop Americana utilizes modern instrumentation to give life to an otherwise classicist tack that inextricably connects the band to its adopted home city's mythic past. Nevertheless, in a town known around the world as Music City USA, Paper Route's synthetic symphonics set them apart. "We're kind of the black sheep here, sonically speaking," Howat says. "But there's something to be said about the allure of Nashville. There are undertones to the whole history of American music in the way we approach songwriting." Having all grown up in the church, a series of recurring lyrical motifs revealed themselves in songs such as "Be Healed" and "Dance On Our Graves." Thoughtful and inquisitive, the songs of "ABSENCE" wrestle with life's myriad miracles and mysteries - Do we need change or do we actually need healing? Will the ghosts of our past stay with us forever? Is God really there? "Whether it's some spiritual void or the loss of a lover or the absence of affection from a wife or a father," Howat adds. "It's a theme that runs through the record - wanting things to be how they were, missing things that just aren't there anymore." When the time came to make its full-length debut, Paper Route opted to forego a proper studio to work in Chad and Gavin's Victorian home in the center of town. The band recorded in Chad's bedroom, spending close to a year tracking much of what would ultimately become "ABSENCE." In September of 2008, Paper Route chose to isolate themselves in order to apply finishing touches to the record. They began looking for the right spot, a house where they could be inspired to fully focus on their vision. "It had to make us feel like the homes we had when we were growing up," Daly says, "like when we all had our paper routes. It had to stir up that sense of wonder." They found the ideal location in Nunnelly, Tennessee, about an hour outside of Nashville. The house - located on 200 sprawling acres - proved the ideal artistic environment, prompting the creation of a number of new songs, including `Lovers' Anthem' and "Wish." After an extended gestation period which saw the band facing struggles with both art and life its ownself, Paper Route is now eager to bring "ABSENCE" to the people, giving their powerful, personal songs the chance to flourish and fulfill their infinite promise. "We're ready to bring these songs to our listeners," Daly says, "to just live them out, to get them out of our system. So much of our life have just been paused in these songs and we really can't move on until we start playing them live. We're all really ready for this."
The music is beautiful and the lyrics are meaningful.
Call me a music snob for hating most of the popular music today, but I simply see myself as a guy who is in search of talent and a good sound.
They blew away their headliner and have continued to do so in every subsequent live performance of theirs I've been to.
Soon as I heard them, they reminded me of the New Wave from the '80s... those were the days... lots of synth. They seem to have disappeared since then. Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Peter Jang
love this cd, listen to it all the time! they were an opening band for a concert i went to and i fell in love and had to buy a cd.Published on January 12, 2011 by redpanda5
This is an awesome album, it sounds great.
I highly suggest listening to this.
I absolutely love this album and find it refreshing to hear real original music. Buy this for sure.Published on May 10, 2010 by E. Jurkovic
I'm a Paper Route fan & initially felt disappointed by this album, but the more I listened to it the more I loved it. "Dance On Our Graves" is a favorite.Published on January 25, 2010 by Love to Listen
A heartfelt tone that resonates on so many levels...a must have if you like indie music but still flip on Kings of Leon occasionally. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by R. Allen