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Automatic Announce North American Headlining Tour

Automatic at Cruel World

The young LA band Automatic has been around for a few years, and I have already managed to see them several times. I covered two nights of their Monday residency at the Echo in 2019 (here and here), while the trio was also part of the Cruel World lineup in May.

Fresh off their packed LA record release show at The Regent a few weeks ago, Automatic has announced a North American headlining tour in support of their acclaimed new album, “Excess.” The Los Angeles post-punk trio will be on the road from September to early November and will be opening for Bauhaus at the Greek Theatre on September 29 in Los Angeles. Drummer and vocalist Lola Dompé is in fact one of the daughters of Kevin Haskins, who is, of course, the drummer of Bauhaus. Besides Lola Dompé, Izzy Glaudini is on synths, and Halle Saxon is on bass but they all sing as the trio doesn’t really have a frontwoman. Since the apple never falls too far from the tree, Automatic’s music has been described as icy, noisy, fun, hard-hitting, a mix of post-punk and new wave with some ear-piercing synth rushes and “Stereolab-worthy sophisticated propulsion.” Their new strain of retrofuturist motorik pop is also very danceable, and if the album is tight and punchy, it is a savant combination of “danceable music for the end of days.”

Their latest video for “Automaton,” a track off their second album “Excess,” is no exception: the ’80s-inspired track is hypnotic, even robotic but always infectious, driven by unstoppable beats, synth swirls, and dreamy vocal harmonies. The trio sounds a bit like the new female Devo here, and if the lyrics often stay cryptic, there is an ironic undertone criticizing the mundanities of corporate culture and modern existence. Of the track, Automatic explains: “’Automaton’ is about having to deprogram yourself from capitalist ways of thinking, but, of course, we framed the song in our sci-fi theme – with an actual automaton as the protagonist.” The band’s accompanying video, created by Yana Pan and Jenny Nirgends, uses paper-cut animations to illustrate one automaton’s journey to break from the pack and create something new.

“Excess” is out via Stones Throw, and you can purchase it on vinyl and deluxe eco-mix vinyl here.

Watch the new video for “Automaton”  below.

During the upcoming tour, Automatic will headline Brooklyn’s Market Hotel on October 14, Chicago’s Empty Bottle on October 23; they will also play Levitation festival in Austin on October 27 and participate in Desert Daze festival on October 1 and 2.

Here are the all upcoming dates of Automatic’s tour.
All tickets are available on Wednesday, August 17 at 10 am local here

Sept 2nd – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
Sept 3rd – Tucson, AZ @ HOCO Festival
Sept 5th – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
Sept 6th – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
Sept 7th – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
Sept 9th – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater*
Sept 10th – Seattle, WA @ Neumos*
Sept 11th – Seattle, WA @ Neumos*
Sept 17th – New York, NY @ Rough Trade ​​Indieplaza
Sept 23rd – Garden City, ID @ Flipside Fest
Sept 24th – Sacramento, CA @ Red Museum
Sept 29th – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ~
Oct 1st – Perris, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
Oct 2nd – Perris, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
Oct 8th – Cuauhtémoc, Mexico @ Rabbit Hutch Festival
Oct 11th – Atlanta, GA @ 529
Oct 12th – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
Oct 13th – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
Oct 14th – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
Oct 15th – Philadelphia, PA @ The Dolphin
Oct 18th – Cambridge, MA @ The Lilypad
Oct 19th – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Foufounes
Oct 20th – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Oct 21st – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Oct 22nd – Detroit, MI @ MOCAD
Oct 23rd – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Oct 24th – Nashville, TN @ The Blue Room at Third Man Records
Oct 27th – Austin, TX @ Levitation
Oct 28th – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
Oct 29th – Birmingham, AL @ Moonstone Music Festival
Oct 30th – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Nov 11th – Seattle, WA @ Freakout Festival

* w/ Osees
~ w/ Bauhaus

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