If you haven’t heard of Autopassion, that wouldn’t be surprising as they aren’t even a band anymore. If you have heard of them, let’s be best friends.
Autopassion consists of three friends from Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Tim Poovey, Andrew Siebert, and Jon Erickson. There could very well be more people in the band, I just can’t find them; Autopassion is obscure, I can’t even find an album review. But from what I’ve gathered, they were hometown heroes back in 2004, but broke up after moving to New York.
Nevertheless, I discovered this band during a transitional period in my life. I was 18, a freshman in college, and totally flailing. Autopassion hit me like a ton of bricks, loud and fast, with moments of beauty I hadn’t heard anywhere else. To say their music saved me is a bit extreme, but…it kinda did. The first song I heard was “I Like Your Purse,” whose opening line is “don’t go with my heart in your pocket/ I know I’ll need it soon.” This line spoke to my dark 18-year-old soul harder than I’d like to admit (it was my AIM away message for many moons). These were the days when MySpace Music was one of the only ways to find new artists and where I found Autopassion’s first release, “A Tedious Dialogue.” And, I kid you not, up until writing this blog post, I couldn’t find the album version of “I Like Your Purse” anywhere, let alone the whole EP, only crappy live records on cell phones from 2005. But here it is, folks, and I’m losing my shit. After almost ten years, I’m sitting here listening to an EP that was on repeat in my 10×10 foot dorm room nonstop. Another jem off the EP is “Talking to You.” The ascending vocal line on the chorus is straight up giving me chills. The tremolo in the guitar part at the beginning of “Tim is Dead,” a song I assume is about a friendly prank that goes awry, fits perfectly with the songs eerie mood. The whole thing is amazing, please, please check it out.
Autopassion has released two other album since “A Tedious Dialogue.” The first, “Sit Back and Make a Difference,” was released on iTunes on 2008 (can you guess which of the ten comments is mine??). The strongest offerings from this album (in my opinion) are “Double Pleasure,” which is a little funkier than their other songs, and “What You Say,” a song I still find myself humming from time to time. “Sit Back and Make a Difference” is the bands only album that was released on any mainstream platforms (it’s also on Spotify).
Their last album was released in 2013 and it’s sound is simultaneously familiar and brand new. The self-titled album is longer than “Sit Back,” and has interludes scattered throughout. I think “Drunk (alone swimming)” is a triumph, but maybe that’s because I’m a sucker for a good drum fill. But “Where’s my Place” is my favorite, the vocals are powerful and raw, I love when Siebert’s voice breaks. The whole album is definitely darker, possibly foreshadowing the end of times.
There will always be an Autopassion shaped hole in my heart; the fact that they aren’t together anymore is a travesty. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But this band has been a constant source of comfort in my life for the past 11 years, hopefully this music will continue to comfort me for next 11.
Check out Andrew Siebert’s band, Housghosts, and Tim Poovey’s band, Nightdogs, which has a few albums on iTunes. Man, these guys love taking two random words and creating band names out of them.