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The Automatic

The Automatic are a Welsh band who met in Cowbridge, Glamorgan, but are now based in Cardiff. They describe their music as "electro-disco-metal-rock". They are influenced heavily by acts such as Jarcrew, Muse, Blur and The Blood Brothers, among others. In the USA and Canada, the band is promoted as The Automatic Automatic.


So far the official details on a second album are limited; however, new songs have been showcased on the NME tour, including "Steve McQueen" and "Revolution" . Also in playmusic magazine it is suggested that the sound on the second album will change. "Our record is a bit too pop for my liking," says Alex Pennie in the interview, however they have said in other interviews that there will be no drastic changes in the genre for the second album. They have also stated that they will start writing this album when they go out to America, for the Vans Warped Tour 2007, and it is expected to be released early 2008.


Live performances

Main article: The Automatic tour history

The Automatic are well known for there extremely energetic on stage performances, the constant microphone swinging from keyboardist Alex Pennie, as well as crowd surfing from guitarist James Frost. As well as these features the band are well known for their performances of Gold Digger . The band as well as covering this have taken to covering The Talking Heads classic, Life During Wartime . In more recent times the band have performed Personal Jesus, originally by Depeche Mode, however the song is performed in the same manor as Marilyn Mansons 2004 cover. The Automatic's most notable touring appearances are at Reading Festival 2006 and NME Awards Indie Rock Tour 2007, and their upcoming Vans Warped Tour 2007.

TV, radio, and online appearances

The band has appeared on television and radio a number of times; notably, they were first ever band to make a return performance on The Friday Night Project. They have also appeared on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, playing "Monster" along with "Gold Digger".

In the spring of 2006, Frost and Pennie destroyed some of the band's equipment whilst performing "Monster" on GMTV. Although the band have not been expressly banned from performing on GMTV, there were threats of legal action from a crew member who received a glancing injury during the act.

The band have been featured in a number of magazines, the most notable being NME, Kerrang, Playmusic, Q Magazine, and Rock Sound

On November 16, 2006, Alex Pennie appeared as a guest on panel show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

On January 9, 2007, Robin Hawkins and Alex Pennie stood in on the Zane Lowe show on BBC Radio 1, hosting a two hour show, with tracks from Frank Turner and Viva Machine, The View, and several other artists.

On January 11, 2007 the band appeared in Habbo Hotel UK.


The first pop factory award they received was on December 3, 2005 for "Best New Act".

In 2006, The Automatic won the "Best Performance Award", as well as "Rock 'n' Roll Excess Award" (after their GMTV performance earlier in the year) at The Pop Factory Awards 2005, and performed "Raoul" both at the ceremony, and also performed at the prior press launch in Hard Rock Café, Cardiff.


Main article: The Automatic discography


Date of ReleaseTitleLabelUK chart peakUK salesSingles
19 June 2006Not Accepted AnywhereB-Unique Records#3Gold"Recover", "Raoul", "Monster"
Spring 2008Untitled Second AlbumB-Unique Records  "Steve McQueen"