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Band Pic of Automatic By: Sheena Lyonnais
May 8, 2008

Automatic are a crazy bunch of wild animals whose contagious brand of whiskey drunk meets 80s-rock-god will leave you wasted and screaming for more.  More guitar solos, more outlandishly awesome outfits and more over-dramatic stage moves.  Everything about Automatic is sensational despite having a band-mandate 25 years too late.

 

I have seen this band twice, though technically I missed the entire first time because they played a grand total of one song before saying fuck it, while I happened to be waiting in line in the girls’ bathroom.  Their presence is so large it is hard to determine whether their entire gig is one big joke, a carefully constructed theatrical show or an authentic tribute to arguably one of the best music periods in history.  The quartet can own the stage in a fashion many bands can only dream of, and if it sounds like I am being way too nice it’s because nothing excites me more than overtly exaggerated but entirely awesome 80s rock.

Automatic LiveIn true rock ‘n’ roll style, by the time we sat down with the rhythm section after their Lee’s Palace set on April 30, everyone was so drunk the interview consisted largely of discussing guitarist-eating dinosaurs and man thongs. 

Not to be confused with the UK’s THE Automatic, it seems the formerly-five-piece band have a lot in common with their heavy Guns N Roses influence.  Complete with stage names, vocalist Jon Doe, guitarist Fuser, bassist Chrisant and drummer Jones also have to deal with a little bit of Axl Rose.

“Fuser, our lead guitarist, I guess he doesn’t really get along with many other guitarists.  He’s kind of tricky to work with and [former rhythm guitarist] Lenny and Fuser didn’t work well together.  It’s working well now though, we have great chemistry,” Jones said. 

Automatic is in the midst of recording their first full-length record with producer Mike Dmitrovic and engineer Sean Gregory at Toronto’s Voodoo records, the same place they recorded their 2007 EP “Certified for Murder.”

Automatic Toronto“We’ve already done most of the pre-production, we’re just taking out time picking the right songs to put on the record and to come across how we want to come across with it,” Jones said.  “It’s a long process, but the record should be out in the next six months, by Halloween, we’re hoping.”

The new record will maintain the big bluesy-influenced rock and roll feel that makes Automatic both fresh and, dare I say it, old school?

“I wouldn’t say we’re so much old school, I mean we have our influences and we just try to bundle together all our favourite influences and put our own little spin on it.  We don’t figure we’re too old school, but we are set aside form other bands I think because nobody really has the balls to do the kind of shit we do,” Jones said.

Automatic Rocks TorontoAutomatic have an upcoming semi-tour with Die Mannequin and the Brown Brigade. Following this, they will continue playing shows in hopes of eventually landing a record deal and ultimately world domination (I made up the world domination part…though it’s about time someone rockin’ took over!).  That’s right friends, Automatic have no plans on stopping anytime soon.

“We’ll be rocking so hard you’ll never rock again and we’ll be rocking so hard our wheelchairs will break from rock,” Chrisant said. 

For more information and to check out their tunes visit:  www.myspace.com/automaticband.

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