Automatic Loveletter was an American alternative pop/rock band from Clearwater, FL. The band was formed in 2005, as Stars and Scars, by Juliet Simms (vocals/guitar), her brother Tommy Simms (guitar), Daniel Currier (drums), and, occasionally, Sean Noll (bass). They became Automatic Loveletter in 2007. The band suffered various record label woes over the years, but released an EP and 2 albums before disbanding in 2012. Juliet Simms went on, that same year, to find success as the runner-up on the second season of NBC‘s The Voice. On the show, Simms chose Cee Lo Green as her coach, and sang, over the course of the season, amazing versions of “Stay With Me” (Faces), “Roxanne” (The Police), “Cryin'” (Aerosmith), “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (James Brown), and others. For the season finale, Simms sang “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley), “Born To Be Wild” (Steppenwolf) with Cee Lo, and “Free Bird” (Lynyrd Skynyrd), but, ultimately, Jermaine Paul won.
Watch Juliet Simms perform “Free Bird” on NBC‘s The Voice here:
Automatic Loveletter‘s full-length debut, Truth Or Dare (2010), is an album filled with amazing alternative pop/rock with emo influences. However, it was yet another one of those albums that I didn’t immediately fall in love with when I first downloaded it, back in 2012. But, a few months after, I re-listened, on a whim, and soon began to wonder what I had missed the first time. Then, when I looked the band up online to find more music, I learned that singer Juliet Simms was, in fact, the Janis Joplin-esque rocker that was competing on The Voice that season! Anyway, Simms’ amazing pipes, passionate lyrics and addictive hooks, on Truth Or Dare, are like the title of one of its many awesome songs, “To Die For.” My favorite song is the autobiographical “Story of My Life” in which Simms details her decision to move to L.A. at 15 to become a rock singer. “What doesn’t kill me just makes me stronger / I’d rather live free to fail,” she sings, without regret. Another excellent track, “Hush”, is a re-recorded version of a song from Recover which was a re-recorded version of a song from the first unreleased EP. The version here is the best. And “My Goodbye” is a re-written version (by record label demand) of the song “Black Ink Revenge”, which appears on the next album. Other amazing tracks are “Day They Saved Us”, “Eyes On You”, “Let It Ride”, “Back To Life” and the rest of this album’s 12 tracks.
Watch the video for “Story of My Life” from Truth Or Dare here:
Watch the videos for “Hush” (2nd version) and “Make-Up Smeared Eyes” here:
Note: Juliet Simms‘ much-anticipated debut solo album is set to be released this summer. The first single, “Wild Child”, was released last December.