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Johnny/Now You Know 7 - Automatic Children
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RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Static Eye (self)
RELEASE DATE: 09.15.12, 11.15.12
FORMATS: Digital, Vinyl

Band Members

Adam Lippman: Vocals, Guitar
Crista Giuliani: Vocals, Guitar
Ed Vail: Bass, Backing Vocals
Kevin Letsch: Drums

BIOGRAPHY

Automatic Children were called one of the top NYC bands by The Deli Magazine. Twice. They were also a Reverbnation Featured Artist the week of April 2, 2012. Releases include a 2007 EP "It's Not Me, It's You", a limited-edition vinyl 7" from 2009 "Coming Over Me"/"Solitude", a full-length album "New is Beautiful" from 2010 and a vinyl 7", "Johnny"/"Now You Know" from 2012. Skopemag.com called "Coming Over Me" "classic indie rock that does not disappoint" and said that it "has hit all over it." Steve Holtje of Big Takeover magazine called the song "Wake Up" from the 2007 EP a "poppy post-punk gem with some of the best this-relationship's not-working lyrics ever." Brooklyn Rocks said that "the EP is a lo-fi gem". The two 7" releases were mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound (TV on the Radio, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Ra Ra Riot).

Known for their savvy lyrics and songwriting, male/female vocal interplay and rocking live shows, Automatic Children has been played on dozens of radio stations and charted on several of them. Their sound is diverse as journalists have compared AC to The Replacements, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Joan Jett, The Velvet Underground, The Pixies, Sebadoh, X, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Individuals and The Rolling Stones. Clubs that AC have played include - NYC: The Studio@Webster Hall, Highline Ballroom, Southpaw, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene's Grocery, Fontanas, Goodbye Blue Monday, Spike Hill, Coco 66, Public Assembly, Parkside Lounge, Bowery Electric, Wicked Willy's, Cameo, Trash Bar, Club NME and Legacy Nights at the Annex NYC, Two Boots and Ray Kelly's in Bridgeport, CT, The Space in Hamden, CT, and Gemstones in Lowell, MA. Festival performances include the MOVE Music Festival in Albany, NY, the Elephants for Autism festival in Atlantic City, NJ and CMJ (NYC) in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

PRESS QUOTES

“These are songs that bring back memories of youth and pop culture before it was taken over by tampered social media and self-gratifying facebook fans. Both tracks are noteworthy for their melodic hooks and sentimentality. If nostalgia can be melted into a record, Automatic Children offer that reaction and emotion, and on beautifully colored vinyl too.” - Anti Pitchfork

“Automatic Children follow their heart, the soul of rock and roll pumping through every beat and never off-track from the band’s purpose, to produce a great song you’ll want to listen to again and again. ” - RCRD-RVNG

Review

March 13th 2013, Ashley Jean for Golden Mixtape

Debt is so much easier to clear when the background noise of a suburban home is more than the hum of a 13-year-old refrigerator. There are no children begging to watch weekday cartoons and bothering mommy to make them a snack. Instead, I have New York City’s Automatic Children and their latest 7” inch, Johnny/Now You Know to ebb the silence away.

There’s rebelliousness to their sound; I can feel the leather jacket hanging on my shoulders in James Dean fashion. Their rebellion steams from vocal timbre. No voice on this record sounds exactly like the last, which leads me to think that Adam Lippman and Crista Giuliani are in actuality, four people. It’s a compliment to say the least, as I find different characters in each song adding to the overall narrative of the album.

“Johnny” and “Now You Know,” heavily contrast one another. They start off with a similar rhythm, but are distinguished by their tone. “Johnny,” is more up-tempo– the kind of song you carry to the coast with a grin and cigarette in hand. Despite its melancholy, the remembrance of a friend lost, there is a celebratory ring. I feel I knew who Johnny was, too. In “Now You Know,” it is less commemorative. This is the track you feel yourself take to the streets, stumbling and crashing into the next bar with for a whiskey. Whatever has happened becomes a harsh reality and you’re sure to wake up on the bathroom floor, clothes stained and head pounding.

This leads me to the final track, “Solitude." Automatic Children has taken me through the motions of grief in one quick sweep. However, at the end of it all, it feels good to be alone and partying in my drunken stupor.

Are you rebel, Dottie? Because if you are, I suggest you grab Automatic Children’s latest and take to the streets with a drink and a cigarette.





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