Autumn Electric

Autumn Electric

 
Seattle, Washington, USA
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Symphonic Progressive Rock, akin to Early Genesis, Yes and King Crimson

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Biography

        Autumn Electric was born on Interstate 5, in the back of a now-retired Ford Econoline, dubbed "Vandalf the Grey". Fueled by Tolkien references and gas station coffee, they built a core following on the house concert and college town circuits, producing their first two albums as well as the tour-mockumentary "Tourdeo".   Some may recall meeting their travelling guinea pig at show after-parties. 

        In 2012, their 3rd album, Make Me a Tree's title track was culled for Seattle Metro Credit Union's "HomeGrown Summer Road Trip" compilation alongside Hey Marseilles, Ravenna Woods and the Moondoggies.  Two tours followed.  The first, in support of Faroe Islands (EU) artist Marius Ziska's US tour, and later, The Healing Tour in 2013.  Based largely around charity concerts for Healing Centers, and Hospices, the Healing Tour fit with Make Me a Tree's theme of empathy and renewal.  During this time, the band spearheaded the online music charity project RobinHood in Technicolor, with a host of independent bands. 

          The new incarnation of the group came in 2013 with addition of Austrian guitarist Max Steiner, drummer Chris Barrios, and long-time AE collaborator and producer Johnny Unicorn on Bass.   A live recording was captured from Vera Project stage at Northwest Folklife Festival of a new 21 minute, song cycle, "Orange Stars", by Seattle's Hollow Earth Radio, while a performance of "The Hermit of North Pond" was featured on KING5 News.  January of 2014 came with the release of an ambitious and fresh sounding album Flowers For Ambrosia.  Days after it's release, the band embarked on a 7 week tour of the US, including a stop at SXSW in Austin TX.  

        In June they opened Seaprog 2014, Seattle's progressive music festival, for such Prog notables as Miriodor and Corima.  Around the same time their cover of King Crimson's "Fallen Angel" was included on the compilation Seattle Rising along with Campfire Ok, The Young Evils and others.  Soon afterwards. their song "Riding the Rogo" was picked for Ninkasi Brewing's  "Ninkasi Better Living Compilation Vol III", and Max Steiner departed for opportunities in Germany to be replaced by guitarist Dylan Welsh.  With their newest lineup intact, the band is in rehearsal stages for their upcoming 5th studio album Star Being Earth Child.  


"Very Soon the Light"  (2008)

"We Breathe the Same Air" 2009  (4 songs)

"If You're Home" 2010 

"Make Me a Tree" 2012

"Flowers For Ambrosia" 2014

We made a movie about our 2010 tour.  you can find it on YouTube.


Lyrics

In the fields where the silence

Written By: Michael Trew (Autumn Electric)

Snowpack on the porch
Dogs getting in from the cold
there's some pie on the stove
she jumps up for something warm

it's 6am, it's quiet
tuck me in. tuck me into you
and the time has come for leaving here
I'll kiss you softer than the snow

where the mountains settle down
where the white hills stretch out
down to the fields
where the silence marries you

you're a black and white photo in those boots
and it's coffee, and it's cream, winter comes soon here
and never leaves

Return to Detroit

Written By: Michael Trew

Skeletons of houses, skeletons of homes
all their vacant eyes won't leave me alone
Roll up the windows lock the doors
you're so paranoid I can't take anymore
Should I be afraid of the kids in the street
Should I just look down at my feet?

All the blue flowers, grow in the cracks of the rocks
All the blue flowers, grow in your heart when you talk
I'm going to keep it alive

A guy at the show said let's make something grow
there's a lot of young minds that can't be confined
by this deadwood
Reclaim the neighborhood, reclaim the ground
pumping Eden's blood back into Motown
This special garden will succeed
and they say take what you need

All the blue flowers, grow in the cracks of the rocks
All the blue flowers, grow in your heart when you talk
Andy, you keep it alive

Hey all you sad looking people, I can see it again
Reclaim, oh you've bought back your city with your pain
and today is your day

Discography

"Fallen Angel" King Crimson cover from 1974's Red Album. found on Seattle Rising compilation June 2014

"Flowers For Ambrosia" 4th Studio Album (Jan 2014)

"Make Me a Tree" 3rd full studio album (Feb 2012)


"If You're Home" 10 song CD
12/10
receiving airplay on about 25 stations in US, Canada and UK such as, KAOS radio Olympia WA. KDVS Davis, CA,
WDVR-FM 89.7-91.9, Indie 100 [KYHY], WFSS 91.9 NPR


"We Breathe the Same Air" EP/CD
12/09
KSUN, CA


"Very Soon the Light" 11 song CD
July 09/ Unicorn Music
KSUN, CA


Set List

Sets Ranging from 30 min to (4) 45 min sets.  include songs from our original albums Flowers For Ambrosia, Make Me a Tree and If You're Home, as well as from yet to be released Star Being Earth Child.  

In addition we have included the covers: Fallen Angel- King Crimson, Man Who Sold the World- David Bowie, Goodnight Moon -Shivaree, Time of the Season- The Zombies, Moondance- Van Morrison, Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs, Paradise- John Prine, I Shall Be Released- Joe Cocker, Paperback Writer- Beatles