Leeds-based five-piece AUTOBAHN have shared a brand new track, the dark and sinister 'Pale Skin'. It's taken from new 12" EP 2., released today on 12" vinyl via Tough Love.
2. channels the same aggressive post-punk of their debut, but feels sharper, more focused in its intent. And it's hardly surprising - the first EP was a document of the band's first three songs. Time has afforded the chance to hone the creative process with an almost military precision: cut the excess; find the point; hammer it home.
A more tangible influence stems from AUTOBAHN's frequent touring, particularly the gigs shared with label mates Girls Names and fellow Loiners, Eagulls. In fact, 'Unhinged' was written on the guitar of Eagulls' member, Mark Goldworthy. You can take that shared resource as illustrative of a general psychic bond between the bands that speaks of an imagined community.
If that approach recalls the crack-the-whip intensity of early Greg Ginn-led Black Flag rehearsals (legend states that Ginn would have the band practice 8 hours a day, 6 days a week), then it's fitting of the conditions in which the music was conceived. AUTOBAHN's practice room also plays host to Leeds' DIY hardcore/punk venue, and elements of that lifestyle have filtered into these new songs, in spirit if not aesthetic. Indeed, AUTOBAHN should not be mistaken for a hardcore band and its associated dogma. There's too great a range of influences at play - current listening includes Chron Gen, Tubeway Army and Rowland S. Howard. This breadth of influence has informed the band from conception, but it's never been as manifest as on 2., in particular in the myriad of guitar lines that close 'Pale Skin'. A nod must also be made here to producer Matt Peel, who the band credits for pushing their songwriting in new directions.
10 Jul - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - EP launch show
11 Jul - The Victoria, London - EP launch show
12 Jul - The Hope, Brighton
26 Jul - Tramlines (The Harley), Sheffield
09 Aug - Beacons Festival, Skipton
18 Aug - The Ruby Loung, Manchester w/ Protomartyr
20 Aug - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Protomartyr
07 Oct - Portland Arms, Cambridge w/ Eagulls
08 Oct - Fruit, Hull w/ Eagulls
09 Oct - The Cluny, Newcastle w/Eagulls
10 Oct - Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh w/Eagulls
29 Oct - Bodega Social, Nottingham w/Eagulls
30 Oct - Scala, London w/Eagulls
31 Oct - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Eagulls
01 Nov - Sound Control, Manchester w/ Eagulls
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