A horrible hack



Year Released: 2000
Format: 7"
Label: Reflections
Reviewed by Ian Cavell on Jun 13, 2007
For reasons unknown the opening riff that kicks off this 7" takes me all the way back to October 1995; to a packed out gig at the UEA in Norwich, and with the Wildhearts at their peak! Heady days... heady days indeed.

But back to the year 2000 and after getting past the big rock intro its melodic hardcore all the way. Which sits just fine with me, especially as Automatic are very akin to Dag Nasty. Perhaps mixed with a little early Samiam (although I don't know for sure, I seem to hear "early Samiam" in every record I listen to these days).

Two songs on the side A, both superb. The melodic breakdowns are in all the right places and Automatic are certainly capable of writing good lyrics (the song 'Lowriser' especially). This is toe tapping quality though and through and I think my next port of call is going to have to be this bands full length. However, the cover of 'Radio Radio' on the flip side did absolutely nothing to influence this decision; could have easily done without that one. Still, with two rocking songs you can't go far wrong.

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