AUTOBAHN STREAM DEBUT ALBUM VIA UK INDEPENDENT RECORD SHOPS
DEBUT ALBUM DISSEMBLE RELEASED 21ST AUGUST ON TOUGH LOVE; TOURDATES CONFIRMED
AUTOBAHN have taken the unusual – possibly unprecedented – step of streaming their debut album Dissemble via a string of UK independent record shops ahead of its release this Friday on Tough Love.
“The indies mean a lot to us,” explains Craig Johnson of AUTOBAHN. “Without them I’d have been unable to steal cases for my copied CDs when I was 14. Or, repay them each week buying vinyl in my later years. Most importantly, without them we’d have had no support for our early vinyl releases. So thank you, this is the only way we can repay you. Viva forever”
As of today, Dissemble is streaming exclusively via the following outlets…
INDEPENDENT RECORD SHOPS PARTICIPATING
The Leeds-based group are also set to tour in support of Dissemble. They play Old Blue Last, London, on 21st August, followed by a special hometown show at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on 22nd August, before taking in dates across the country.
21 Aug – Old Blue Last, London
22 Aug – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
01 Sep – Rough Trade East, London
02 Sep – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
03 Sep – The Bullingdon, Oxford
04 Sep – The Cookie, Leicester
05 Sep – Sunflower, Birmingham
06 Sep – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
10 Sep – Gulivers, Manchester
11 Sep – Fruit, Hull
12 Sep – Glasgow, Audio
13 Sep – Head of Steam, Newcastle
‘Immaterial Man live video
Following the release of two self-titled EPs over the past 12 months, AUTOBAHN recently announced details of their hugely anticipated long-player. It was co-produced with Matt Peel over six intense weeks at The Nave the start of 2015, taking potentially unhealthy cues from the legacy of notorious obsessive, Martin Hannett. The result is an album that pushes the band through various degrees of light and shade, but ultimately into new, unexpected sonic spaces.
The North as both idea and identity is integral to what AUTOBAHN are, where post-industrial landscapes intersect with sudden wide open spaces, a place where community is central, but loneliness can be palpable. There’s a dark, oppressive edge to their music, but a hopefulness too. Sisters of Mercy, yes, but also brothers in arms.
Early EP releases presented a classic modern punk band with a penchant for death and glamour, and an impatience to be heard. Time and touring has afforded them the ability to shift gear significantly, and the renewed ambition of Dissemble stands as testament to that. The band were immediately a thrilling live force, but on this album they’re wider, more urgent when they want to be, more thoughtful when required. Dissemble is an appropriate title (meaning to conceal one’s true motives), because there’s something canny at work here. The surface suggests despair, but scratch deeper and the lyrics display a lightness of touch that skewers the over-earnest and overly-serious.
AUTOBAHN DISSEMBLE TRACKLISTING
Missing In Action
Beautiful Place To Die
‘Beautiful Place To Die’
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