LA post-punk trio Automatic shares a new video. “Too Much Money,” directed by SAMSONITE, is a lo-fi journey around Los Angeles through the eyes of a Bowie-inspired photographer. The video is the second from their upcoming album Signal following “Calling It,” which was released on limited-edition vinyl via Stones Throw Records. The 7″ pressing also features a cover of Delta 5‘s “Mind Your Own Business,” which is also now available on all streaming services.
Signal ties together Automatic’s taste for dub reggae, motorik rhythms, and gnarly synth work inspired by bands like NEU! and Suicide with the eerie atmosphere of films by auteurs like David Lynch and Dario Argento for an album that captures what it’s like to feel at an angle to the world. Signal will be released on regular vinyl, limited edition bright red vinyl, and CD.
1. Too Much Money
The album speaks directly to the band members’ experiences, tied together by a sense of anxiety and alienation so common to life in the 21st-century. “Humanoid” echoes “Too Much Money”s sentiment on the disappointing falsity of social media, “Electrocution” recounts a near-death freak accident singer Izzy experienced – alluded to on the album art, and the title-track captures the feeling of being trapped in the drudgery of a mundane life “and the realization that nobody is going to rescue you from it but yourself.” As they put it: “The world is so fucked up, we don’t know how any musician could say, ‘This is all peachy.’”
Watch “Too Much Money” above, see upcoming tour dates and album details below, and stay tuned for more from Automatic coming soon.
AUTOMATIC – TOUR DATES
26 August – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
7 November – Austin, TX @ Levitation*
* = w/ Angel Olsen, Kikagaku Moyo, Black Marble, Holy Wave and more