Automan.ca

Automan.ca

BandRockClassic Rock

If you prefer your rock n' roll to be hard-driving with loud guitars and a thunderous rhythm section topped of with a singer that personifies all things sex, drugs and rock n' roll, then look no farther than the full-length debut of Automan.ca entitled Pocket Change. Imagine if Bon Scott ever had a band with Chuck Berry and Jeff Beck on guitars along with Led Zeppelin's rhythm section and that is what you will find with Automan.ca's debut.
Carleton Lockhart is an absolute beast on guitar, eq

Biography

AUTOMAN.ca -- formed in 2002 by writing partners Darrell "DWaRf" Millar (vocals) and Carleton Lockhart (guitar) -- is a genuinely pure, 70's/80's influenced kick-ass 'rawk' band in the essence of Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and others. Their distinctive, upbeat brand of modern classic rock can best be described as coming straight out of a music time capsule, yet it's altogether fresh, current and timeless.

Darrell -- a lifelong professional musician -- is internationally renown as the former drummer for the multi-million selling hard rock act KILLER DWARFS, as well as for Nikki Sixx produced southern rock act LAIDLAW. As one of the most high-profile and well-travelled drummers of the 80s-90s hard rock era, he's shared concert stages worldwide with the likes of Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, ZZTop, Pantera, Lynard Skynard and several others. In formulating AUTOMAN, he vacated the drums for frontman duties, and it's his high-energy, 'welcome-to-the-party!' persona that fuels AUTOMAN's performances both live and on record.

Carleton -- a master guitarist capable of playing all styles of Rock and Jazz -- has been mesmerizing musicians and fans alike for years on the independent circuit with his unique style of playing pick-less, left-handed and upside-down. Those who witness his stellar performances are astounded at his jaw-dropping techniques. Undoubtedly, Carleton's incomparable approach to guitar is a key ingredient of the AUTOMAN sound.

In 2004, AUTOMAN was rounded out with the additions of bassist John Fenton and drummer Adrian Cavan. Touring extensively throughout Southern Ontario has polished the band into a tight, highly entertaining professional act. Via thousands of hits to the band's various websites, they've amassed both local and worldwide recognition, which led to a successful run of AUTOMAN's 2005 debut "Test Drive X5/Auto-Motive" CD/DVD combo.

Their 2008 full-length CD release, entitled "Pocket Change"-- produced by Darrell, recorded in Toronto with engineer Adam Cree, mixed and co-produced in North Carolina by Greg Looper (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Mudcrutch), mix engineered by Matt Horton (Matchbox 20), and mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound in NYC -- is fueled by their first single "Back In The Sun", which is now available for radio.

Going 'old school' with just eight tracks of 'all killer, no filler!' -- from straight-forward, power chorded anthems ("Give An Inch, Take A Mile"), to party-hearty foot-stompers ("Milldog Blues", "Chasin My Tail"), to tangled-guitar toe-tappers ("Dig In Deep", "One Half Hard"), to pedal-to-the-metal rockers ("Drivin, Rockin, Lovin"), to radio-ready, 'can't-get-that-song-out-of-my-head' sing-a-longs ("Back In The Sun", "Cinnamon Rain") -- AUTOMAN's easy-on-the-senses, aurally-appealing sound will surely attract, and connect to, a wide-ranging audience fan base.

If your desire is for blues-based rock in its truest form, yet with it's own distinctive up-to-date qualities, then spare some time to check out AUTOMAN's "Pocket Change".

Discography

"Test Drive x 5/Automotive" EP/DVD 2005 UD Records/Indie Pool
"Pocket Change" LP UD/Megaforce/Sony/Bmg 1999
"Backseat Surprise" LP UD/Megaforce/Sony/Bmg (Release June 2011)