The Automatic @ Bar Pure, Thursday 23 February, 2006
The first band on tonights bill was local Sunderland five piece Influx.
Influx draw their influences from early British Punk. Think The Buzzcocks or The Damned with a modern twist. Possibly a louder more angry Libertines, but less reckless and more in control of their sound.
Two of the obvious high points in the set were current single I Got Held Up and Questions, Questions, Questions, both of which had the local crowd singing along.
Influx are currently signed to The Bunker label in Sunderland, and with catchy tunes and a growing army of fans, the future certainly looks promising for them.
Next up on stage were The Marshals, an Irish three piece who only formed in 2003.
Although the band had a slow start to their set, this was likely to have been down to a few sound problems, a couple of tracks in they grew in confidence and quality.
By the time The Marshals played their forthcoming single Make Her Cry, both the band and crowd where definitely up for it.
Other excellent tracks were, Make Her Cry, Took A Train To You, Frank Miller and My Girl And I.
If you like top-quality, up-beat songs, with big sing–a–long choruses and foot tapping guitar riffs, I would strongly recommend going to see The Marshals. You certainly won't be disappointed.
Headlining the show were Welsh outfit The Automatic, four fresh faced teenagers from the outskirts of Cardiff.
The Automatic have been selling out shows in their home town and have been supporting acts such as The Ordinary Boys, Hard-fi, Goldie Lookin Chain and The Kooks.
The band name At The Drive-In as one of their influences and it's easy to see why, with loud brash guitars and raw gruff vocals.
I could also hear a bit of Cooper Temple Clause in their sound and the louder parts of fellow Welsh men, The Lost Prophets.
Crazy synth breaks
The band opened with the thunderous Keep Your Eyes Peeled, then it was their debut single Recover, next up was Rats, a thumping song with crazy synth breaks.
Next up was new single Raoul. This track is slightly more mainstream than most of The Automatic's songs, but it's a good way to introduce yourself to the band. The catchy chorus should guarantee radio play.
Lost At Home shows a mellow side to the band. The amps were hitting ten and a half rather than eleven!
Monsters was the last track of the night which had the crowd joining in.
|"A special mention has to go to Pennie the synth player who has energy to burn and backing vocals like a revving chain saw."|
A special mention has to go to Pennie the synth player who has energy to burn and backing vocals like a revving chainsaw.
He threw himself around the stage like a man possessed and never stopped for the whole set.
To quote the NME The Automatic are “The sound of 2006” - if this is true, expect 2006 to be loud, fast and in your face!