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No Mans Land (CD) 2004
Villa Rocka (LP) 2004
Songs from Tijuana (EP) 2006
Villa Rocka (Dual disc) 2008



3Speed Automatic (3SA) is formed in 2004. After having played together in various bands like the bikerrockband Taildragger, Stefan Persaud, Willem Stevense and Guido Debrichy decide to build a sound of their own. 3Speed Automatic is on a mission, Stefan explains. We make music that will ignite a new revolution of raunchy rock 'n roll. A sound that is sorely missing from the music landscape nowadays. A lot of inspiration comes from famous rock trios of the past. Bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Cream and Hendrix' Band Of Gypsies, how they created their sound and used the advantages of the fact that they were just with the three of them. We use that as a starting point and incorporate elements of the 80's and 90's music, because that's the music we grew up with.

In their headquaters Villa Rocka (a 150 year old villa on the shores of the Maas in Rotterdam) the library is converted into a rehearsel studio. There they wrote a dozen songs which resulted in the recording of the album Nomans Land (CG Records), with Milan Ciric as co-producer. The album displays a large array of music; it explores the outer edges of sleazy hardrock, stonerrock, blues and the psychedelic territory. Regarding the raving reviews from the international press, 3SA is on the right track in accomplishing their mission.

In order to support the release of their first album in 2004, 3Speed Automatic tours through Holland to play on main stages like Tivoli and the Melkweg. Throughout the year they get noticed in the United States, which makes them opening acts for Five Horse Johnson (US) and The Atomic Bitchwax (US). This tour was followed in spring 2004 by one through Germany and Belgium, sharing the stage with other critically acclaimed bands like Generous Maria (SE) and Speedfreaks (SE).

The ' Nomans Land ' album and the accompanying tours did not go by unnoticed. In the summer of 2004, 3Speed Automatic signs a distribution deal with the German label Nasoni Records, resulting in the release of the album Villa Rocka (The B-side of this vinyl release features the 23 minutes psychedelic adventure "Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Men…The Shadow Knows!". The Dutch cult movie 'Horizonica' showed their interest and used the first chapter for their soundtrack.

In the years that followed 3SA have done various tours through Germany, a country in which they find a growing fanbase. They played fenominal shows on internationally known festivals like EXIT in Novi Sad (Serbia) which features 8 stages with a total capacity of 200.000 people and therefore the biggest festival in South East Europe, and the Stoned From The Underground Festival in Erfurt (Germany). Another spectacular show worth mentioning is the Revolution Train in Germany, where 3SA was the only non-German band to play on this rockfestival on a rolling steamtrain! A rock & roll ride of over 10 hours through the hills of the Tueringer forest.