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Live review: The Automatic
Opening with recent single ‘Interstate’, The Automatic set the tone for what follows, flooding the room with rich, powerful guitars and lush three-part vocal harmonies. Never have they sounded this polished and alive with possibilities – former Yourcodenameis:milo man Paul Mullen now looks fully settled in and integral to the band’s dynamic, pushing them forward with complex riffs, nutty showmanship and a much-needed injection of aggression. The opening to ‘Can I Take You Home’ is enormous, and it is Mullen who drives the furious outros to ‘This Is A Fix’, ‘Monster’ (while wearing a creepy old man mask) and ‘Steve McQueen’ (while wearing a horse head). But it’s not just him. All of a sudden, The Automatic look and sound like a unit, playing for each other and playing their hearts out. The old hits still get the biggest reaction, and they still enjoy playing them, but this is a band with a new-found vigour and a unified vision. They look happy, and it’s infectious, translating into a hugely impressive, enjoyable show that puts smiles on people’s faces. And surely that’s the whole point, right?
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