AutoViolet is a 3-piece Canadian band from Vancouver, British Columbia that blends elements of alternative, electropop, and a smattering of nu-goth to deliver an array of eclectic songs on their debut album.
Released on Neutrino Records / Sonic Rendezvous, AutoViolet is heavy, guitar-driven rock with a pop sensibility that grabs you and draws you into each and every song. With an uncannily precise rhythm section, drummer Chris Banting and bassist Brent David Johnson create an unbreakable wall of sound that envelops the listener in a womb of pure awesome while the razor sharp vocals of vocalist Amy Arsenault grab your attention like a spider made of fire. This is not a CD to put on and then go about your daily chores, it’s a collection of tunes to be listened to carefully, mulled over like a literary poem, and absorbed.
Their first single, “Falling”, has profound, introspective lyrics, a story of loneliness and depression, which is carried like brittle leaves by Amy’s lilting voice. “No Tomorrow” is a more upbeat song that is easily danceable. Song after song on this album is delivered with the same passion, integrity, and musical precision which, in pure honesty, makes every song on this album a hit. There isn’t a single bad song from beginning to end. AutoViolet is a shining star among bands such as Evanescence, Paramore, The Pretty Reckless, and Lacuna Coil.
Not to be missed. Pick this album up today.
Final verdict: 8 out of 10