AUTOBAHN announce tour; share new song ‘Society’

AUTOBAHN announce tour; share new song ‘Society’



AUTOBAHN have today announced a full UK tour in support of their forthcoming debut album Dissemble (due 21st August on Tough Love). The band will 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.

To celebrate, they’ve shared a brand new song in the shape of “Society.” It premiered with Noisey, who said “the best way to describe “Society” by Autobahn is to imagine if a strobe light made noise. As refractory as it is literally refracted, the up-and-coming Leeds quintet makes epileptic post-punk for the emotionally repressed. The searing intensity alone could bend a metal bar. While the verses rattle in what sounds like a steel cage, the song eventually breaks free into a romantic pop chorus that has The Cure written all over it.

“This song encapsulates a longing for a complete society, a society where people won’t be judged, where people can have faith in humanity,” elucidates vocalist Craig Johnson. “We don’t live in that place now, especially with this government, but we can change this.”

AUTOBAHN “Society”

21 Aug – Old Blue Last, London
22 Aug – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
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

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.

Missing In Action
Immaterial Man
Beautiful Place To Die
Suicide Saturday

‘Immaterial Man live video

‘Beautiful Place To Die’

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AUTOBAHN announce tour; share new song ‘Society’