As Van’s Warped Tour makes it’s way to Seattle, WA this month, we thought we’d take a look back at the tour when we covered it during our first year of operation.
Check out this interview with Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter…
How are you enjoying Warped Tour? This isn’t your first time right?
Juliet: No this is my 3rd time doing Warped Tour, my first time doing the whole thing. It’s been amazing, we have a bus this year, so that’s been nice, the new album came out in June, so we have something to promote, I have my full band, dude its just been fucking awesome.
Speaking of the band your brother plays lead guitar, you seem like a bit of a tomboy, but what’s it like being surrounded by so many guys on tour?
Juliet: Well I grew up with my best friends being boys and looking up to my brother, I followed him and his friends around, so it’s very second nature just to be around boys, in fact girls are the ones that if I am around for a while I tend to get annoyed. Guys are just better.
You have a song on Truth or Dare called “Story Of My Life” which seems pretty autobiographical, how much of it is true?
Yes, that is the true story right there. I was born in California and lived there until I was 10 and then we moved to Florida. My parents told me once I graduated, they would help me out with my career, so that’s all I did for two years, I worked on school all day and through the night. At 16 I graduated and got my diploma and then moved to California. My parents supported me for a while financially, until I could support myself.
I’m a big fan of tattoos, having a few myself. You have quite a few, what are some of the stories behind them?
Juliet: Well I have a snake on my leg, I love snakes, I wanted a really cool classic 70’s/90’s tattoo and I love snakes, so I was like “fuck it I’m getting a snake!”. I have lyrics written on my legs that are actually my own lyrics, I have one from the movie Willow that is an ode to my niece, since her name is Willow. On my arm I have a dagger through a heart that says “True Love” because I’m emo. On my chest like really really small above my left boob it says “Happiness is a Warm Gun” and there is a gun. Then on my back it says
“I Believe in Yesterday” along with the feather. I have a rose underneath my left boob and it says “Oh Romeo Romeo”.
What’s the story behind your name, Automatic Loveletter?
Juliet: I would write poems and love letters to boyfriends and these guys would break my heart, I am a huge hopeless romantic. Automatic comes from the fact it’s coming to you over the radio or through an amp or a song and its automatic, you know its like falling in love at first site, an Automatic Loveletter is like that, one of those songs.
Juliet: Personally, my favorite is “Fade Away”
That seems to be the consensus with a lot of people, it’s one of my favorites, although the whole album is very strong, but yeah it’s definitely one of my favorites along with “Heart Song”
Juliet: Yeah Heart Song is just fucking balls to the walls rock and roll.
Who are your biggest influences from any art form?
Juliet: I’m influenced by everything, I mean you can be influenced by a song that sucked, and be influenced not to write a song like that. I grew up listening to everything from Zeppelin, to the Stones, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Dashboard Confessional etc.
Warped Tour is coming to a close here soon, after it stops by my neck of the woods here in Washington. What’s on the schedule after that?
Juliet: We are headed to New York for a couple of weeks to do some press, tour a little and then do Japan.
Is this your first time in Japan?
Juliet: Yes, and we are very excited!
Check out Automatic Loveletter’s video for “Heart Song” below…
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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