Paper Route for Red

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM THE ARTIST — Paper Route performs Thursday at Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge. 

Not every band will make it to Louisiana when hitting the road, but Paper Route decided to do things differently. The band's tour will debut in Baton Rouge.

The Nashville-based alternative rock band performs Thursday at Spanish Moon. Tickets start at $12. HALFNOISE and Ship of Fools open the show. 

Paper Route’s tour is in support of its newest album, "Real Emotion." Released in September, it's the band's first since signing to Kemosabe Records, producer Dr. Luke's imprint. 

Chad Howat, one of the founding members of Paper Route, said it was a long process trying to find a label for their latest album.

“We were pretty stubborn,” he said. “We wanted the label to understand our artistic vision. We wanted a label that gave us freedom.”

According to Howat, Kemosabe actively pursued them for some time. The head of the label had even been a fan of Paper Route. After a few people from Kemosabe saw Paper Route in New York, the rest was history.

“All of us were a little gun-shy, but the label made it known that they wanted to make us a priority,” Howat said.

Although Paper Route signed in July 2015, the band had been working towards "Real Emotion" ever since the release of 2012's "The Peace of Wild Things," an independent album that shot into the top ten of the Heatseekers Billboard charts. 

“None of us really stopped writing or recording during that time,” he said. “There were just so many different ideas. We probably went through 150 different songs and ideas.”

It was important for the band to not just release the first ideas they captured during that three-year period. While some bands can produce an album per year, Paper Route isn't one of those band. Howat said the band is fine with that. 

“We had to create something that we loved enough to play around the world and leave our families and wives for," Howat said of the 16-song release. "There’s never been an easy album that we make. And if there was, I think I’d be a little suspicious." 

"Real Emotion" blurs the line between alt-rock and electronic music. The lead single from the album, "Chariots," was recently featured on "FIFA 17." The band's music also has appeared in other games such as "Sim City" and "NBA 2K17."

Despite the success they’ve had over the years, especially with their new label, Howat still keeps the same, DIY mindset he started with.

“Even if everything falls apart, we can still make art,” he said.


PAPER ROUTE/HALFNOISE/SHIP OF FOOLS 

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday 

WHERE: Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road, Baton Rouge 

COST: $12-$15 

INFO: thespanishmoon.com