LA TRIO AUTOMATIC SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR “TOO MUCH MONEY”
TOURING EUROPE/UK + NORTH AMERICA THIS AUTUMN
DEBUT ALBUM “SIGNAL” OUT SEPTEMBER 27TH VIA STONES THROW RECORDS
“…brooding pop with post-punk lashings, best listened to in the darkest corner of the club” – NME
Today, LA post-punk trio Automatic shares a new video. “Too Much Money,” directed by SAMSONITE, is a lo-fi journey around Los Angeles through the eyes of a Bowie-inspired photographer. The video is the second from their upcoming album Signal following “Calling It,” which was released on limited-edition vinyl via Stones Throw Records. The 7″ pressing also features a cover of Delta 5’s “Mind Your Own Business,” which is also now available on all streaming services.
The “Too Much Money” video coincides with the announcement of their Fall North American tour in support of Black Marble. They’ll finish their month-long August residency at Los Angeles’ The Echo and a string of European and UK dates in October before kicking off the run November 7th at Austin’s Levitation Festival. See all dates and ticket links here.
Signal ties together Automatic’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 for an album that captures what it’s like to feel at an angle to the world. Signal will be released on regular vinyl, limited edition bright red vinyl, and CD.
The album 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.'”
Watch “Too Much Money” above, see upcoming tour dates and album details below, and stay tuned for more from Automatic coming soon.
AUTOMATIC – TOUR DATES
26 August – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
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
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
11. Strange Conversations