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“…brooding pop with post-punk lashings, best listened to in the darkest corner of the club” NME

“…reflects the anxieties of punk music in equal measure with the desperate-for-connection mentalities of club music.” Paste

“Inspired by motorik tendencies of Neu!, post-punk iconoclasts like Suicide and the dub-infused sound of Dennis Bovell & The Slits, Automatic may be steeped in history, but their message is contemporary, tackling millennial social media ennui head on.” – The Vinyl Factory

“…strong traces of ESG, Bush Tetras, The Waitresses and Lizzy Mercierr Descloux are all present.” – DJ Mag

Support from NTS Radio, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 1’s Indie Show


Today, LA post-punk trio Automatic shares a new song. “Signal,” the title-track from their upcoming debut album, captures the feeling of being trapped in the drudgery of a mundane life. “The song is about trusting ourselves and listening to the signs that will uncover our true purpose.” The band says. “Sometimes it’s hard to see signals, and if you do, it can be even harder to choose whether or not to listen.” 

“Signal” follows previous releases “Too Much Money” and “Calling It,” which received a limited-edition vinyl via Stones Throw Records. The 7″ pressing also features a cover of Delta 5’s “Mind Your Own Business,” which is available on all streaming services. Automatic will visit Europe and the UK this October. All tickets are available here.

Their debut album ties together their taste for dub reggae, motorik rhythms, and gnarly synth work inspired by bands like NEU! and Suicide with the eerie atmosphere of films by auteurs like David Lynch and Dario Argento for an album capturing what it’s like to feel at an angle to the world. The album will be released September 27th via Stones Throw Records and be available on regular vinyl, limited edition bright red vinyl, and CD.

Signal speaks directly to the band members’ experiences, tied together by a sense of anxiety and alienation so common to life in the 21st-century. “Humanoid” echoes “Too Much Money”s sentiment on the disappointing falsity of social media, “Electrocution” recounts a near-death freak accident singer Izzy experienced – alluded to on the album art. As they put it: “The world is so fucked up, we don’t know how any musician could say, ‘This is all peachy.'”  

11-13 October –  Perris, CA @ Desert Daze
17 October – Paris, France @ Mains D’oeuvres
18 October – Lille, France @ L’Aéronef
19 October – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
20 October – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ DDW Music Festival
22 October – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
23 October – Bristol, UK @ The Lanes

25 October – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling Festival
28 October – Berlin, Germany @ Urban Spree
29 October – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
7 November – Austin, TX @ Levitation*
8 November – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street OKC^
9 November – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone^
10 November – Nashville, TN @ The Basement^
12 November – Columbus, OH @ Oberlin College^
13 November – State College, PA @ Webster’s^ 
14 November – Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College^
16 November – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz^
19 November – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom^
20 November – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts^
21 November – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery^
22 November – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom^
24 November – Washington, DC @ Black Cat^

* = w/ Angel Olsen, Kikagaku Moyo, Black Marble, Holy Wave and more
^ = w/ Black Marble


About Automatic:

Like all the best bands, Automatic came together organically. Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals) met while immersed in LA’s DIY band scene, and started jamming together in 2017. Gaining notoriety for their explosive live shows, they were invited to share the stage with bands like Surfbort, Wand and Flatworms.

Lola was born into a punk household (her father is Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus) and joined her first band, art-rock outfit Blackblack, when she was just 13. Halle and Izzy met playing in local bands in Northeast LA; Izzy was a guitarist and vocalist, and Halle liked to plug her fretless bass into a guitar amp. Uninspired by the masculine energy of the local scene and rock music on the radio – “pumped out like plastic bottles into the ocean” – Izzy ditched the guitar for a synth, and in 2017 she and Halle joined forces with Lola. They named themselves Automatic after a song by the Go-Go’s – the only all-female rock band to have written and played instruments on an album to reach #1 in the US.

Izzy studied film at college and Halle used to work at cult video store Kim’s Video in NYC, and the band also counts film as an important influence on their music. In particular, David Lynch and Dario Argento’s fingerprints are all over Signal’s ambiguous lyrics and eerie atmospheres.

Stones Throw Records
September 27, 2019

1. Too Much Money
2. Calling It
3. Suicide In Texas
4. Love You Fine
5. Highway
6. Signal
7. Humanoid
8. Damage
9. Electrocution
10. Champagne
11. Strange Conversations

Automatic by Logan White

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