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Automatic Will Continue to Make a Big Name for Themselves in 2020


After being immersed in the Los Angeles DIY music scene, post-punk trio Automatic came together in 2017 with plans to put out some music. Made up of Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals) — last year we saw Automic put out their droning debut, Signal. Buzzing and fuzzing with those post-punk vibes, the 11-track album was automatically a favorite in Grimy Goods’ monthly playlists.

With smooth bass lines, and robotic rhythms (and vocals), Automatic sound like the kind of band you would have seen rubbing elbows with Iggy Pop and Bowie back in the prime of Max’s Kansas City and CBGB.

Songs like  “Too Much Money” smolder with thick suspense as a hypnotic bass line collides with looped synths. There’s a lot of repetition in Automatic’s sound, and that’s a good thing. Their robot-beats are non-stop and often combined with buzzing synths and drones. This is most true in tracks like “I Love You, Fine” and “Signal.”

2019 saw Automatic on tour in the U.S. and Europe, with festival dates at Desert Daze and Levitation. The band even had the honorable spot of opening for Bauhaus’ reunion shows at the Palladium (Lola’s father is Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus).

Automatic closed 2019 strong, and we can only imagine what great heights they’ll soar to in 2020. The band has plans for a European tour this February, as well as a U.S. tour this Spring with Shopping. We’re totally looking forward to seeing Automatic headline bigger venues in L.A. and beyond, as well as the festival circuit. Stay tuned to Automatic’s Instagram for the latest news and new music.

Words: Sandra Olinger

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