Live review: The Automatic

Live review: The Automatic

"Liverpool!” cries The Automatic ’s Rob Hawkins. “It’s been fucking ages since we’ve been here!” To be precise, it’s been almost a year and a half. The Automatic played two shows in this city at the end of 2008: one as part of...

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Album Review: The Automatic - 'Tear The Signs Down' (Armoured)

The Automatic - 'Tear The Signs Down' (Armoured)

Long free of petulant yelper Pennie and without a single ‘Monster’ in sight, The Automatic have transmogrified into a professional, mature proposition. Shorn of some sharp edges by the passage of time, that development is increasingly...

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The Automatic

The Automatic

Poor old The Bloody Automatic. Cursed with the ability to squeeze out club, terrace and playground-razing earworms like golden goose eggs, and all they wanted to do was be a proper serious hardcore band. Particularly so former screamo-yelping...

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The Automatic

The Automatic

We’re not the ‘Monster’ band anymore. Our second album will surprise a few people. You’re going to see a darker side to us now. There you go, the next six months of press from The Automatic summed up in three bland statements. Now here’s...

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The Full Ponty

The Full Ponty

This is not only the worst-named, but the rawkest of the weekend’s offerings. First stop on our tour of this 10,000-capacity, one-day event are local boys Dopamine, whose soulless punk-pop is almost as bad as Reel Big Fish’s cover of ‘Boys...

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Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rock Show; London Brixton Academy, Fri Feb 23

Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rock Show; London...

And so it came to pass: indie rock hit London. Mumm-Ra's three guitar attack earns them even more friends whilst The Horrors seem to be massacring their instruments with power drills. The View have now reached the stage where ten album tracks in a...

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The Automatic: Recover

The Automatic: Recover

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s The Automatic, Benzedrine-fuelled punk pixies with the sort of energy reserves that could reverse a Californian black-out, if only we could herd them on to this man-sized hamster wheel before they scurry...

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The Automatic: ULU, London, Monday July 24

The Automatic: ULU, London, Monday July 24

Two teenage girls belt through the doors, sweat muddying their mascara, panic in their eyes. “Did we miss ‘Monster’?”, they wail. NME reassures them that The Automatic have only just taken the stage. They crumple with relief and wander off...

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The Automatic: Not Accepted Anywhere

The Automatic: Not Accepted Anywhere

The past couple of years have been kind to Glamorous Indie Rock’n’Roll, with Britpop: The Next Generation giving rise to a new collection of freaks and heroes to put our faith in. There’s rite-of-passage second albums from Kasabian,...

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