LA post-punk trio Automatic have kicked off their European and UK tour, with over 15 dates this month. Tickets are on sale now.
Since the release of their Stones Throw debut album ‘Signal‘ in September, the band has soundtracked Hedi Slimane’s Paris Fashion Week show for Céline, toured the USA, and opened for legendary post-punk band Bauhaus’ reunion shows at the Hollywood Palladium. ‘Signal’ was chosen as an album of the year by Norman Records and Resident Music, who described it as “inventive, enticing and new”.
Automatic, composed of Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals), worked with producer and engineer Joo Joo Ashworth of FROTH for the album. ‘Signal’ ties together the band’s 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, to capture what it’s like to feel at an angle to the world.
‘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 – and the title track captures the feeling of being trapped in the drudgery of a mundane life “and the realization that nobody is going to rescue you from it but yourself.” As they put it: “The world is so fucked up, we don’t know how any musician could say, ‘This is all peachy.'”
2020 UK and European tour dates
4th February – Cologne, Bumann & Sohn
5th February – Geneva, Kalvingrad
6th February – Baden, One Of A Million Festival
7th February – Leuven, Het Depot
8th February – The Hague, Grauzone Festival
9th February – Amsterdam, Paradiso
11th February – Brighton, Hope & Ruin
12th February – Manchester, YES
13th February – Glasgow, Flying Duck
14th February – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
15th February – London, Peckham Audio
17th February – Hamburg, Hafenklang
19th February – Stockholm, Hus 7
20th February – Malmo, Plan B
21st February – Berlin, ACUD
22nd February – Offenbach, Hafenfestival
23rd February – Munich, Import/Export