Nashville electro band comes to Iowa City


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Nashville indie-electro band Paper Route is like the JuiceMan Plus.

“Because you can take something natural and get delicious juice out of it and it’s still natural — but different,” Paper Route lead singer Andy Smith said.

It’s a struggle to maintain this organic quality when performing electronic music, he said.

“There’s something immediate about seeing someone playing instruments like guitar, drums, or vocals. You hear a sound happening and know what’s going on,” he said. “With keyboards and samples, you hit a button and a really complex sound gets released, and it doesn’t make immediate sense.”

Paper Route will bring this juiciness to the Picador, 330 E. Washington St., at 6 p.m. today. Tickets for the all-ages show are $8.

It may seem unusual for a band to alternate between tours with a mega pop-punk band such as Paramore and an indie-rock band such as Passion Pit, but for Paper Route, the adaptation was natural. The band’s style evokes tones from both genres, and the effect is contagious. Drawn-out transient breaks are interrupted with smooth vocal pleadings, and crunchy guitar riffs are paired with dreamy electronic plateaus.

Smith stressed Paper Route’s equilibrium between electronic and human power onstage to connect with audiences.

“I think the fact that we have a couple of guitars and our drummer is a mean animal keeps the performance tangible, and all the electronic stuff serves as an element that holds up the performance,” he said.

Paper Route’s unique sound was featured on the CW teen-dream drama “One Tree Hill” in 2008.

“It was kind of weird — but not too weird,” Smith said. “It was more like a job-well-done type of satisfaction.”

Kevin Koppes, the production manager of the Picador, predicts that with all of the band’s building success, this won’t be the last Iowa City will see of Paper Route.

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