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AUTOBAHN

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
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"AUTOBAHN - Beautiful Place To Die"

Autobahn have nailed the atmosphere and the slither-y darkness that permeated Joy Division or Tubeway Army releases, showing all of these half-assed post-punks exactly what for. Their first two EPs were stellar previews and with no LP in sight, these boys are kings of the tease; check out the new single "Beautiful Place to Die" streaming here for the first time. Frontman Craig Johnson comments on the origin of the track thusly:

"There was snow on the ground, sun shining and I thought to myself, 'if I were to crash and die here, at least it would be a really beautiful place to die.'"

Dark. The new single may or may not appear on the band's future debut LP on Tough Love, expected soon but clearly not soon enough. - Noisey US


"AUTOBAHN 'Dissemble' album announcement"

It may be summer outside, but in the minds of Leeds' Autobahn, it's always raining. The four-piece, who you'd wager are big fans of both winter and discontent, have chosen the warmest day of the year so far to hit us with 'Immaterial Man', a brilliantly barked goth-rock headache taken from their incoming debut album 'Dissemble'. Crossing The Horrors' baritone gloom with the timeless post-punk feel of Joy Division at their angriest, it sees frontman Craig Johnson's paranoid, poetic lyrics about vanishing into the shadows of your mind set to punishing guitars and deliciously dark drum clatters. Meh, happiness is overrated anyway.

As an added bonus, watch the NME video exclusive of the song performed live at The Nave, Leeds, 2015. 'Dissemble' comes out on August 21 via Tough Love - be sure to check it out.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/stream-leeds-post-punk-scowlers-autobahns-brilliantly-bleak-new-track-immaterial-man#U80UjOOM6fOdRIJG.99 - NME


"PREMIERE: UK POST-PUNKS AUTOBAHN SHARE THEIR IMPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE "SOCIETY""

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 make shattering 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. Following two self-titled EPs last year, Autobahn's anticipated debut appropriately titled Dissemble drops August 21 via Tough Love Records. The band will be making a full UK tour in support of the release. Pre-orders available here.

Autobahn Tour Dates:

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 - Noisey US


"New band of the week: Autobahn"

Hometown: Leeds.

The lineup: Craig Johnson (vocals), Gavin Cobb (guitar), Michael Pedel (guitar), Daniel Sleight (bass), Liam Hilton (drums).

The background: “I think you can just tell when a band’s from Leeds, can’t you?” said Craig Johnson, frontman of Autobahn. He’s right, you can tell. Or at least you used to be able to tell when a band was from Liverpool, or you could tell when a band was from Manchester, or you could tell when a band was from Leeds. Autobahn’s name is misleading, because their music has little of Düsseldorf’s gleaming chrome technophilia. No, their music has the shadowy, oppressive foreboding of Sisters of Mercy, The Mission – Leeds bands; goth Leeds bands from a time when the city was synonymous with that tenebrous subgenre of postpunk. As well as the music having an essence of Joy Division producer (and Mancunian) Martin Hannett, more than anything it is a Leeds/goth sensibility that is most evident – an extreme, almost to the point of camp, version of postpunk murk and miserablism. Look at the titles on their debut album: Dissemble; Beautiful Place To Die; Suicide Saturday; Deprivation. There is a dark delight in despair and doom, in the 50 shades of emotional grey on offer to your average depressive teen.


The music on Dissemble, released 21 August, sounds precisely as you’d imagine, which – if this is what you’ve been searching for – will be exactly what you need. There isn’t a single note that doesn’t fit your idea of what a new version of that old Leeds/goth Unknown Pleasures-influenced scene/sound would be like, from Johnson’s lugubrious, stentorian tones, heavy with reverb, to the jagged, scything riffing, the dour, booming bass, the rattling intensity of the drums and the shrouded-in-dry-ice sonics. The band have advertised Dissemble in Leeds with billboards that suggest a comic, self-debunking gravity that is also very Leeds: at once mournful and mocking of the very notion of grievous solemnity. “The worst is yet to come,” Johnson groans on the title track, surely baiting us to mistake his motives. “Dissemble is a twisted romantic view of how Autobahn think: don’t take life too seriously,” Johnson warned recently, adding: “I don’t have any repressed emotions that I know of. The world I write about is a jaded version of reality, but where it comes from isn’t quite apparent to me yet.”

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Dissemble was recorded at The Nave, a hometown studio situated in the wholly appropriate setting of a disused church: there is an ecclesiastical reverence here towards the mythic power of rock’n’roll. It’s a very northern taken on rock: “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,” as their (unusually useful) press release puts it. But this is the North as it was, all post-industrial decay and dilapidated modernity, not the “landscape of sheen over substance, thrusting shiny new towers, coffee bars and confident media empires”, as John Robb compares and contrasts in his excellent review of Dissemble, which he describes as “a celebration of the beauty of sadness and the daring to be emotional in these irony-laced times”.

Meanwhile, there is a strategy in place for the dissemination of Dissemble, proving marketing savvy isn’t dead, even if Bela Lugosi is. The band are streaming the album on the websites of the key UK indie stores – Rough Trade in London, Piccadilly in Manchester, Jumbo Records, Rise etc – ahead of its release, as a way of giving something back to the independent record shops. “The indies mean a lot to us,” explains Johnson. “Without them, I’d have been unable to steal cases for my copied CDs when I was 14. Or repay them each week buying vinyl in my later years. Most importantly, we’d have had no support for our early vinyl releases. So thank you, this is the only way we can repay you. Viva forever.”

The buzz: “A masterpiece of … darkness… reminding us that that we cannot escape its attractive desolation.” – Louder Than War.

The truth: There’s a joke here about horses’ latitudes and hearses attitudes but we can’t quite fathom it …

Most likely to: Tend a rose garden funeral of sores.

Least likely to: Sing a knees-up version of the Madness song that goes, “Bau-haus, in the middle of the street!”

What to buy: The debut LP Dissemble is released on 21 August via Tough Love.

File next to: Joy Division, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim.

Links: autobahnmusik.co.uk

Ones to watch: Alibis, The Fiction Aisle, Shopping, Tower, Banoffee. - The Guardian


"10/10 - Autobahn: Dissemble – album review"

Whilst the modern north is a landscape of sheen over substance, thrusting shiny new towers and coffee bars, confident media empires and mythical northern powerhouses sat uncomfortably on the near post industrial past you don’t have to go far to find the smashed glass of the old north.

The north of a thousand great records, the north of red brick warehouses and post industrial malaise that ruined lives but made a great sound track. Autobahn are from Leeds and are tapping into this old north and they do it brilliantly. The modern north of trust fund indie and stadium blokes is swerved as they tap into the soundtrack of attractive sonic gloom and spectral beauty of the likes of Joy Division and the early Sisters Of mercy – those haunting landscapes of reverbed vocals, driving minor key melancholia bass lines and shimmering guitars and fractured drum beats. A late night darkness of neon and concrete twisted and drenched with that northern psychedelia that once seemed so effortless.

That they do this so well and dripping with so much emotion is to their credit. This is stunning collection of songs. A celebration of the beauty of sadness and the daring to be emotional in these irony laced times and makes this one of the albums of the year as it reminds us of just what the north once did so well but lost in the rush to modernise and reinvent itself as the er, ‘northern powerhouse’.

Autobahn reinvents the north for the now in an utterly compulsive, powerful and modern record that is like going round the corner from one of those soulless coffee bars and discovering beat up old red brick warehouse festooned with the beauty of the purple buhdlia and a band rehearsing deep inside with their magical music floating out.

Driving, powerful and passionate – there is not one bad song on this album – it’s a complete work and a masterpiece of tapping into addictive darkness of our past and reminding us that that we cannot escape its attractive desolation. - Louder Than War


"Album Review: Autobahn - Dissemble"

I'm sure I wasn't the only one expecting a well-groomed if crushingly formulaic synthpop duo upon discovering there was a band named Autobahn. Which is why expectation can sometimes be an abominable trait. Because this Leeds-based five-piece couldn't be closer to the other end of the spectrum if they tried.

Fuelled by the industrial meltdown and recession that surrounds them, Autobahn are an incendiary throwback to the post-punk experimentalism of 1979. Second generation children of the Thatcher era, raised on broken promises and shattered dreams, there's an unparalleled combination of romanticism and nihilism about Dissemble that makes it one of 2015's finest debuts.

Recorded over a six-week period in a disused church with local producer Matt Peel, Dissemble represents the culmination of two years hard work since the band's formation in early 2013. While their live shows have undoubtedly enhanced the band's reputation over that time, their recorded output has been sparse in comparison. Aside from two EPs and an admittedly visceral take on oi combo Blitz's 'New Age', there's been little else to whet the appetite. Which in retrospect makes the arrival of Dissemble even more of a cause for celebration.

Uncompromising from start to finish, Autobahn revel in a murky brutality only rivalled by Eagulls and The Horrors of their current contemporaries. Opener 'Missing In Action' proves deceptive, building slowly and steadily into a pulsating rhythmic frenzy that sounds like early Killing Joke or Cabaret Voltaire. Although vocalist Craig Johnson's lyrics are largely indecipherable due to the cavalcade of sonic terror erupting around him, there's a feverish intensity to his delivery that sets him apart from his peers.

Recent single 'Immaterial Man' reveals a sophisticated side that recalls Public Image Ltd in their Flowers of Romance phase, changing direction at every possible juncture. The delicately poised 'Impressionist' introduces itself by way of a guitar hook not that dissimilar to Interpol's 'Untitled', except in a more unhinged state of mind.


It's the album's two centrepieces 'Beautiful Place To Die' and 'Society' that both demonstrate what a special band lurks between Dissemble's sheets. The former's poignant message cuts through several tides of new wave nostalgia with an exuberant buoyancy that screams "NOW!" from the highest rooftops. Not to be outdone, the latter borrows its mantle from The Stranglers - or rather Jean-Jacques Burnel's - signature bass driven rumble, intensifying with every disturbingly manifested second.

'Passion' follows the same abrasive towpath, while 'Ostentation' and the ghoulishly titled 'Suicide Saturday' doff their caps towards early U2 and The Chameleons respectively.

Listening to a record like Dissemble, it's impossible to avoid comparisons with a the past that undoubtedly influenced its being. However, what Autobahn have managed to do is create something entirely befitting of its time and in doing so, pave the way for a prosperous future. The sound of disengagement. - Drowned In Sound


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Following the release of two self-titled EPs and a critically acclaimed debut LP, AUTOBAHN are set to announce their second LP in 2017. 

"Whilst the modern north is a landscape of sheen over substance, thrusting shiny new towers and coffee bars, confident media empires and mythical northern powerhouses sat uncomfortably on the near post industrial past you don’t have to go far to find the smashed glass of the old north.

The north of a thousand great records, the north of red brick warehouses and post industrial malaise that ruined lives but made a great sound track. Autobahn are from Leeds and are tapping into this old north and they do it brilliantly. The modern north of trust fund indie and stadium blokes is swerved as they tap into the soundtrack of attractive sonic gloom and spectral beauty of the likes of Joy Division and the early Sisters Of mercy – those haunting landscapes of reverbed vocals, driving minor key melancholia bass lines and shimmering guitars and fractured drum beats. A late night darkness of neon and concrete twisted and drenched with that northern psychedelia that once seemed so effortless.

That they do this so well and dripping with so much emotion is to their credit. This is stunning collection of songs. A celebration of the beauty of sadness and the daring to be emotional in these irony laced times and makes this one of the albums of the year as it reminds us of just what the north once did so well but lost in the rush to modernise and reinvent itself as the er, ‘northern powerhouse’.

Autobahn reinvents the north for the now in an utterly compulsive, powerful and modern debut record that is like going round the corner from one of those soulless coffee bars and discovering beat up old red brick warehouse festooned with the beauty of the purple buhdlia and  a band rehearsing deep inside with their magical music floating out.

Driving, powerful and passionate – there debut album is a complete work and a  masterpiece of tapping into addictive darkness of our past and reminding us that that we cannot escape its attractive desolation."


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