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The Autumns – ‘Killer In Drag’ EP

So, according to Play.com, The Autumns new EP, ‘Killer In Drag’, will be out in the UK on the 8th June 2008, including the radio edit version of the song, along with 3 remixes (all of which have been available on various myspaces at some point…with the Evol Intent version still being available on The Autumns’ myspace page)!!!

Of course, i currently have no idea as to how the EP wil be produced physically, but i imagine that it will be on CD this time, as opposed to the ‘Boys’ vinyl!!! However, i’m just excited that it looks like it will be out in a month’s time – and the fact that we are being spoilt by having two singles released from this album!!!

Anyway, if i find out anymore information, then i shall post it…

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Reviewed…Fake Noise From A Box Of Toys – The Autumns

Note: This review is very long, for which i apologise…but i don’t want that to put you off – please read!!!

See also: Review on OwnThisMusic.com(it is different except individual tracks!) : Link

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I’m going to start this review with a statement that you may or may not agree with – probably the latter, but that should have no bearing on the overall outcome of my writing! Fake Noise From A Box Of Toys by The Autumns is the best album of the year! Now, many will disagree with that, and a minority will agree, as this album is not going to have huge commercial success; the band are not going to become household names and nor will they have regular airplay on the radio or television. They will also not perform headline gigs on sell-out tours…and this is because, every so often, there is a band who slips unnoticed by the public eye. This has been the case for The Autumns since their 1st L.P The Angel Pool in 1997, whilst other bands who have been cited as being similar to The Autumns, have gone on to great acclaim, for example, Muse and Radiohead. Continue reading

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Singled Out…The Autumns – Boys

This new section of posts, now entitled ‘Singled Out’, has been created for reviewing singles…i’m not really a regular buyer of singles, so there will probably not be many of these types of posts, but i thought i would create it anyway…

Moving on, the first review that i am going to perform, is on the Autumns’ new single, ‘Boys’, released on the 1st October in the U.K through Bella Union.

Now, i have already previewed this single in my earlier post about the Autumns, but this will be a bit more concise…so, here goes…

‘Boys’ is not your typical Autumns track…it has heavily distorted guitars (more so than normal!), synths, a more prominent chorus and it is finished in under three minutes…and i can’t think of that many more recent Autumns’ tracks to be finished in three minutes! With a hammering drum intro, the song moves straight into the verse…again, not something you normally associate with the Autumns…with lead singer Matthew Kelly reciting the band’s usual abstract poetry over Frankie Koroshec’s many chord changes and Dustin Morgan’s grinding bass! From the off, the track sounds nothing like the bands usual sound…

…and then the chorus hits you in the face…the synth punctuating the start of each new line…forming perhaps one of the catchiest choruses ever, especially the refrain, which stays in your head for days…seriously…

The song has a slight pause whilst the band catch their breath…the strained guitar hammering over the drum rolls…to build back into the final chorus, with group vocals singing the refrain…before the song finishes almost as soon as it started! A key factor in the song’s success is the amazing performance of Steve Elkins on the drums…it fits the song perfectly and keeps the song moving at its awesome pace. However, this track has come into criticism by some, who believe that the Autumns’ are denying their shoegazer roots and searching for the commercial sounds that dominate the radio…and yes, i can see their point, the song does sound more like a band trying to sound alternative, but i think it is a natural progression, and not at all representative of the band’s ‘new’ sound! This track is an obvious choice for a first single, so that it can find it’s way into a market that is polluted with bands sounding the same, and stand out from the others by doing things differently – thus introducing people to the band’s more melodic, shoegazer side…

…which is evidenced on b-side, ‘Joy’, another short slice of music, but completely different to ‘Boys’! ‘Joy’ is backed by clean guitars, chiming underneath Matt Kelly’s gorgeous vocals…before the song breaks down into handclaps and finally a horn section at the end. It is a perfect slice of pop music…easy on the ears and a treat to listen to!

So, overall, ‘Boys’ is an intriguing first single from the band, which has created fear in some fans hearts, whilst attracting new listeners! I just hope that the dismissers of the song do not take it as a representation of the whole new album, as i’ve heard some tracks, and have been very impressed! But, in my opinion, ‘Boys’ is a catchy song that is the perfect choice as a single…and you’ve got to buy it when it’s released to hear the beautiful ‘Joy’…

5/5…

peace…a.b

you can get the single from Bella Union on Oct 1st: Shop

and check out their myspace to hear the song and see the video : The Autumns

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The Autumns…

Okay, so with my first proper post, im gonna write about the best band on the planet at this current time…L.A’s The Autumns! Now normally, i would say Iron Maiden are the best band on the planet, but for the time being, i just can’t get enough of The Autumns and their new material…

The new album, Fake Noise from a Box of Toys, is due out on October 8th in the U.K (next year for America), and i can’t wait to get it! After hearing some of the tracks, i’ve gotta say it is quite a departure from previous albums. The songs are much more immediate, and choruses seem to be much more prominent!

Now, i have heard grumblings amongst other fans that the departure is too great, and that The Autumns’ have just turned into A.N.Other rock band…but i think they’re missing the point…

…the earlier albums were shoegazer albums, no question, and with this new edgier sound, the older fans appear to be worried that the band are leaving their roots behind – however, like all good musicians, they have actually adapted the sound! On some of the songs, the most beautiful sounds emerge, and Matthew Kelly’s vocals have never seemed sweeter or more gorgeous than on one particular track (which i am not gonna name…i don’t want to spoil the suprise!)…so for those who are dismissing the band as sell-outs, then don’t give up hope just yet!

On the otherhand, i can understand some people’s disappointment in the choice of the first single, Boys (out on Oct 1st U.K), as, from what i’ve heard at least, it is definitely the most un-Autumns track on the album…hence, why some people have come in with negative criticism. In comparison, i love Boys and think it has one of the catchiest choruses ever!!!

Anyway, i think i’m getting too deep into this subject at the present time, as i need to save some of my ramblings for when i actually review the album and the single (i shall review the single shortly, having received a promo copy)!! I just thought i’d let my opinion be known beforehand…

…peace and all that stuff…a.b

Links to the autumns… official website

Join in the chatter with other autumns fans… official forum

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