This Is A Fix

More shouty rock and party anthems from the valleys.

Wales, sometimes referred to as ‘the land of song’, produces a curiously high percentage of groups that sound like they’re from middle America. The Automatic appear to be the latest in a long line of acts hailing from the Valleys who favour Ameri-core and emo-tainted lyrics over the more imaginative and psychedelic stylings of their North Walian contemporaries.

Like Feeder and the 60ft Dolls before them, The Automatic are unlikely to win any prizes for originality. The songs follow strict formulaic patterns: short, repetitive choruses aided by immaculately distorted guitars with stadium-sized aspirations. Case in point: lead single ‘Steve McQueen’ with its three minutes of sanitised pop-metal complete with party-anthem chorus and over-egged vocal delivery.

While on the one hand taking their cues from the big, gonzo-styled pop hooks of Fall Out Boy and nicely ticking the emo box in the process, they’re also prone to making the odd concession to Britpop: The New Generation. ‘Magazine’ is their attempt at a Kasier-sized anthem while ‘This Ship’ is a reductive take on The Killers' own adopted Englishness. Yes, The Automatic want to please everyone and the net result is a muddled disparity that makes This Is A Fix seem overwhelmingly compromised.

Who knows? It might all be very exciting for 12 year-old boys who’ve outgrown Power Rangers and liked the song about the monster coming over the hill. But for everyone else, The Automatic really aren’t worth wasting their pocket money on.

 

Related Articles

The Automatic lead double-header NME tour

The Automatic and The Klaxons are to headline the NME tour, which this year is divided into two genres: indie rock and the ludicrously monikered 'indie rave'.

Read More

The Automatic @ The Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin

Although bass player Rob is the lead singer, most of the band’s energy is channeled through keyboardist Pennie who has a very serious case of Frontman’s Syndrome. When not screeching backing vocals he’s prowling about the stage like a hyperactive child fed a steady diet of sugar sandwiches and Iggy Pop records.

Read More

Automatic for the people

A case of food poisoning in the Keane camp was Welsh band The Automatic's golden ticket to a Jools Holland performance. Next stop, a UK top five hit in the form of ‘Monster’.

Read More

Not Accepted Anywhere

Sodding everything else, the debut album from Welsh wonders The Automatic is worth buying for the single ‘Recover’ alone, possibly the best indie dancefloor anthem since ‘Song 2’ by Blur shattered eardrums everywhere.

Read More

The Automatic announce tour

What's that coming over the hill? It's not a monster, it's The Automatic!

Read More

Monster

The Automatic’s third single restores them to the realms of candyfloss indie dross. Previous single ‘Raoul’ may not have been half bad in a Killers-meets-The Futureheads kind of way. But ‘Monster’ suggests The Automatic are just another slice of great white hype. Heaving with synth riffs, hints of ska, teen lunacy and dumb chorus lines, ‘Monster’ is as irritating as it is poor.

Read More

The Automatic lead newly-announced BudRising gigs

A second batch of bands have been added to the BudRising line-up in Dublin, and it's a stellar cast.

Read More

The Automatic lead newly-announced BudRising gigs

A second batch of bands have been added to the BudRising line-up in Dublin, and it's a stellar cast.

Read More

UK acts to watch out for in 2006

The UK bands who are going to move up a significant level in 2006.

Read More
 

Advertise With Us


For information including benefits, key facts, figures and rates for advertising with Hot Press, click below

Advertise

Find us elsewhere