Autovaughn and Paper Route
285 W. Broadway
November 8, 2007
Written and Photographed
by Amy Davidson
Opposite Photo: Autovaughn
The Canal Room (285
W. B’way NYC) is quickly becoming synonymous
with exceptional new music. Canal Room hosts styles
that range from Latin to Indie and everything in
between. The one thing that remains constant is
the caliber of acts passing through its doors.
8, Canal Room Featured “Bands you should know”
Autovaughn and Paper Route are both Nashville based
bands. Forget everything you think you know about
bands from the south.
Autovaughn got the
night off to a perfect start. Live, their sound
is reminiscent of a younger Coldplay with tinges
of Floyd and punk all wildly intertwined. In stark
contrast, their 2006 CD, “Space” feels
safe, polished and more reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand
and the killers. This bands strength lies in their
unrelenting live performance. Frontman, Darren Potuck’s
voice is unyielding and commands notice as soon
as he opens his mouth. Perhaps one of the most notable
aspects of Autovaughn’s set was lead guitarist,
Stephen Wilson’s extraordinary fret work.
He plays swiftly and meticulously.
*Autovaughn is currently
in the studio working on a new album underwritten
Paper Route conceived
by a group of friends and former band mates under
a loft bed in a Nashville apartment using their
insomnia and laptop. It is evident that they are
influenced by The Postal Service and Bjork with
their moody ballads and beautiful harmonies. But
Paper Route has a way of finding a balance of 80’s
synth pop like those perfected by Yaz and modern
electronic music. This, in tandem with live instruments,
results in an intense musical experience.