Today, LA post-punk trio Automatic announces their debut album, Signal, due September 27th via Stones Throw Records. The band, 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, fleshing out their GarageBand demos until Signal started to take root.
The 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 on regular vinyl, limited edition bright red vinyl, and CD.
Coinciding with the announce the band is also sharing a new single. “Too Much Money” chronicles the downfalls of social media, pulsating loops drenched in shimmering synths and juxtaposing vocals from singers Glaudini and Dompé carrying the observations forward. The track follows previous release “Calling It” and arrives ahead of their month-long residency at The Echo every Monday in August, followed by a string of European and UK dates in October.
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.'”
Hear “Too Much Money” above, see upcoming tour dates and album details below, and stay tuned for more from Automatic coming soon.
Upcoming Tour Dates
8/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
8/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
8/19 -Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
8/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
10/17 – Paris, France @ L’Aéronef
10/19 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
10/20 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ DDW Music Festival
10/22 – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
10/23 – Bristol, UK @ The Lanes
10/25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling Festival
10/28 – Berlin, Denmark @ Urban Spree
10/29 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix