Steve Lane and the Autocrats

Steve Lane and the Autocrats

 Bendigo, Victoria, AUS
BandAmericanaIndie

If superbly-crafted pop with stone-cold riffs and great song-writing is your thing, then look no further than Steve Lane & The Autocrats, seasoned musicians all, with plenty of stories to tell…

Biography

STEVE LANE & THE AUTOCRATS introduced themselves with aplomb in 2011 with their debut album 'The Romance Of Communication' (ABC Music/Universal) which was listed for the Cooper's AMP as well as scoring the coveted album of the week on ABC DIG MUSIC.  Album instrumental ‘Rexarama’ was finalist in the Music OZ awards.

“Steve Lane & The Autocrats release and album that has all the tell-tale signs of an Australian band bound for longevity” wrote Isabella Tolhurst (FasterLouder)

THE AUTOCRATS were also featured on The Wiggles tribute album alongside the likes of Sarah Blasko, The Living End & Spiderbait.

Sophomore album ‘Birds Taking Flight’ was released in 2013. Album single ‘Thirteen’ shone brightly, receiving overwhelming praise & interest by media & punters alike.

Rolling Stone’s Darren Levin says that “Birds Taking Flight is a bunch of mates writing tightly honed songs with their blinkers on… Lane’s heart is in the right place when he pays tribute to Pakistani activist Malala Youssafzai on Thirteen’’. Thirteen has also been a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition’s ‘Unsigned Only’ for the last 2 years.

The bands hard work and persistence payed off in 2015, with an invitation to showcase at Canadian Music Week.

The original lineup included Augie March’s respected rhythm section (Edmondo Ammendola & David Williams) & Dalriada guitarist Pete Slater. In the current lineup, Bendigonians Steve & guitarist Jimmy Williams (Paul Kelly & the Dots) are joined by Steve's son (& Edmondo's understudy) bassist, Kai & Bendigo drummer Josh De Araugo (John Lingard Band)

And here’s what publican Ben Quinn of the famed NSW musical mecca ‘The Junkyard’ had to say…

"Victorian rockers Steve Lane & the Autocrats played their one & only gig here a couple of years ago (or maybe longer - it's all a bit hazy) & blew all the right minds. Quincy's old china plate Vid rates it one of the best gigs he's seen here. Quincy nods, licks his lips. One for fans of Wilco, Pavement, Elvis Costello & the Attractions & other stylists of hook-laden rock'n'roll."





Lyrics

Far far away

Written By: Steve Lane/John Holton

Chorus 1
I miss every minute of you in the long long days
Between dripping canvas, a dark, dank malaise
The longing of sea and mud and mosquito coils
And soft, soft flesh, pressed
In a poem far far away

Verse 1
The pipers and the fiddlers played on the village green
Like something from Lawrence, something long foreseen
Like bit players in a seaside tragedy
Cast there as love’s bait – my lover and me.

Chorus 2
Now kiss by kiss we disappear
Between the lines of fading sentences, our misplaced souvenir
Beneath the filaments of unreliable memory
To a tent by the ocean
In a poem
Far far away
To a tent by the ocean
In a poem
Far far away

Verse 2
I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself
But this song keeps on singing me, and I ain’t gonna sing nothing else
Still bit players in a seaside tragedy
Cast me there as love’s bait – throw away the key

Chorus 1
Chorus 2

A hammock slung between Venus and Mars
Leaves you plenty of space to dream.
Give me that crescent moon, a midsummer’s monsoon
And I’m back at the scene

in a tent by the ocean
In a poem
Far far away
in a tent by the ocean
In a poem
Far far away

Ghost Trains

Written By: Steve Lane/John Holton

All along the railway bridge
Gazanias sprout from the cracks
In weathered redgum
So true and straight spined
Like battlefield crosses
Monuments to another time

Can you imagine their roots below
Dangling free in the gentle breeze
Above the bracken gully
Where cows hidden graze
In the moonshadow

Those hardy tendrils
Tough as dog spikes
Spring forth
While a hundred scented faces
Crane north
To the waxing moon and the rattling approach of ghost trains

The old signal box with its weatherboards peeling
Like skin blistered from a hundred summers or more
Lays haunted, strangled
By the claws of some noxious weed
And the rattling approach of ghost trains

Rexarama

Written By: Steve Lane

This song is an instrumental and is the perfect holiday classic!!

Tickertape

Written By: Steve Lane/John Holton

If he could reduce his life
To scraps of paper
Half-truths and inkstained relics

An unreliable exhibition
Of a distant time
Pinned to a board
Like butterflys behind glass

But you can't pin memory
Or thread it on a string
When it swilrs and flutters
Like ticker tape falling
Ticker tape falling on the parade of life

If he could reduce his life
To all his liquid absorbed
To preserve his true flavour

An unreliable concoction
Sweetened to taste and last
And shelved in the dark
Like jam bottled in glass

But you can't pin memory
Or thread it on a string
When it swilrs and flutters
Like ticker tape falling
Ticker tape falling on the parade of life

Could you reduce his life
To secondhand stories from the past
Half-truths and inkstained relics

An unreliable reflection
And fading with time
As he evaporates in his ward
Like a butterfly caught in glass

But you can't pin memory
Or thread it on a string
When it swilrs and flutters
Like ticker tape falling
Ticker tape falling on the parade of life

Let it fall .... and let it fall down

Well Sung

Written By: Steve Lane/John Holton/Chris Townsend

Waking with an attitude
Check out the cannons dude
Fixin' my invisible stare
Then the world intervenes
Slippery as an infomercial
Impossible as Bert Newton's hair

The dark forces
Thems the causes
The dark forces

Here's another verse
Things are spinning in reverse
My aspirations take a turn for the worse

Sometimes I'm the singer
Sometimes I'm just well sung

70 in a 60 zone
You've left your run too late from home
Bet there'll be a fine in the mail
Boss is waiting at the door
Please explain the week before
Who said that justice always prevails

The dark forces
Thems the causes
The dark forces

Just another story
From my twisted inventory
Is life about toeing the line

Sometimes I'm the singer
Sometimes I'm just well sung

I've got an everpresent feeling
The parrots set the ceiling
I'm a circus flea in a biscuit skin
In the de cafeteria
There's no mass hysteria
They're safe in their cotton wool skin

The dark forces
Thems the causes
Dark forces

They're lowering the monkey bars
They've got airbags on the dodgem cars
The only scars you'll find are within

Sometimes I'm the singer
Sometimes I'm just well sung

No ego in my stance
No sock in my pants
Can't you see I'm just well sung

Thirteen

Written By: Steve Lane

verse 1
She got herself a boyfriend
'tho she told her dad
she wouldn't need one
until she was at least seventeen

gonna watch him play football
on the weekend
cos that's what you do
he hope s the boy will return the deed
sometime...

prechorus:
you are so beautiful, capable, inspirational
all I hope for you is to be
all that you can be

chorus:
cos the world can be a cruel place

verse 2:
she got a bullet
cos someone didn't like what she was saying
all that she talked at all
that she should be free
to go to school, choose a career
dream big dreams
an obscenity for a girl

prechorus:
you are so beautiful, capable, inspirational
all I hope is that you
could be all that you want to be

chorus:
cos the world can be a cruel place
for a girl

Discography

SINGLE 'Tickertape' released July 2010. (Realtone)
B-Sides: Musicoz finalist 'Rexarama' and the late Maurice Frawley's 'Dark Side of Sunday'

ALBUM 'The Romance Of Communication' released October 2011 (ABC Music/Universal)

short listed for the 2012 Coppers Australian Music Prize album of year.

SINGLE 'Ghost Trains'  released October 2011 (ABC Music/Universal)

SINGLE 'Far, Far Away' released February 2012 (ABC Music/Universal)

COMPILATION ALBUM: 'Fruit Salad' - Rewiggled tribute to the Wiggles November 2011 (ABC Music/Universal)

SINGLE 'April Tuesday' released June 2013 (Realtone)

ALBUM 'Birds Taking Flight' released September 2013 (Realtone)

SINGLE 'Thirteen' released June 2014 (Realtone)

2014 ISC 'Unsigned Only' compettion AAA semi finalist

2015 ISC 'Unsigned Only' competition Americana semi finalist.






Set List

Tickertape
Literary Man
And So it Goes
Wellsung
Ridiculous Man
Dark Side of Sunday
Far Far Away
Ghost Trains
Rexarama
Aspirin
So Real
Song For A New Year

Love's No Way To Treat A Friend
Poverty Line (Shedshakers)
The Shape Of Herself