The Automatic are back. And what a welcome return it is.
No sign of novelty monsters coming over any hills, our Cardiff boys have definitely grown into fully fledged men with a bigger and bolder sound that they make no excuses for.
Rob Hawkin’s vocals sound better than ever as he sings out: “I wrote myself into a new story line, this time was different, this time it was mine” in a way that makes it feel that this change of direction has been a massively empowering upgrade for the four piece.
Adding to the rawer new sound is ex-Yourcodenameis:milo frontman Paul Mullen, replacing Alex Pennie who is to pursue something new, leaving behind darker guitar riffs and body-thrashing bass.
With new album This is a Fix and a tour just beginning for The Automatic, there is one thing that is very clear – things are about to get very exciting for Rob, Paul, Iwan and James as well as for their ever-increasing fanbase.