The Get Down Automatic

The Get Down Automatic

 San Diego, California, USA
BandRock

A drummer and a guitar player, turned up loud. There’s not much else to say.

Biography

Maybe it's in the name, but Matt Manders and Matt Sutherland know how to play together. These two guys with the same name have been honing their skills together in various projects around Southern California since 2002 and are now the guitar player and drummer of The Get Down Automatic, a two piece rock band from San Diego. "We've really found something great this time," says Manders about the new project. "We've cut down on a lot of the excess and kept it straightforward. We’ve been focusing on good grooves and good lyrics.”

The Get Down Automatic has released their first EP and are currently playing shows in support of it. The CD is available for download for free at thegetdownautomatic.bandcamp.com or free at any show. Their do it yourself attitude has afforded them the ability to record and distribute a professional CD, book their own shows and create merchandise themselves. "It gives everything a personal touch that people really respond to," says Sutherland.

Manders' solid beats get toes tapping and heads moving, and play effortlessly off Sutherland, whose guitar lines are raw, loose and catchy. The vocal lines draw on blues and soul, and a subtle word play comes though under the hooks. No autotune here – just live vocals straight up. “Our last band had a lot of musicians and we put out a 12 track concept album,” says Sutherland. “Since then, we’ve really found a need to stop over thinking things and just play good music and play it well.” They've held back and decided to go with straight, unapologetic Rock and Roll, with all the goodies like a dirty lead guitar and solid beats.

So, I'll keep it simple (the Matts like it like that) and stop there. The rest you'll have to get by listening for yourself.

Lyrics

BORN IN A GRAVEYARD

Written By: Matthew Sutherland

I took my shovel out
And dug myself a shallow grave
Offered up my soul to god
And waited for it to be saved

I got my shovel out
Felt the blade stab the ground
Laid down when I was done and let the
Darkness overcome

I dug a shallow grave
Just to find a better land
I saw the starry sky
And I felt the need to stand

I was born in a graveyard
I was born in a graveyard
I was born in a graveyard
One life down and one in hand

The sun came up
And washed this all away
Oh, the sun came up
It’s a brand new day

ROCK AND ROLL

Written By: Matthew Sutherland

11 years old and I found a box
Filled with vinyl and cardboard
Pictures of hippies and covers of white
Hidden below the baseboards

Hendrix, Beatles, Marley and Cream
Dylan and Floyd, Zepplin and Queen
Just when I let it under my skin
That’s when the beat kicked in

It’s Rock and Roll
It crept in and stole my soul
I lose control
Dancing though the drum roll

2:35, I got home from school
Went to my bedroom and tried to be cool
Shut the door, lock the door, close the window
Push up the faders, put on a show

It’s Rock and Roll
It crept in and stole my soul
I lose control
Dancing though the drum roll

It’s Rock and Roll
It crept in and stole my soul
I lose control
Dancing though the drum roll

LOVE YOURSELF

Written By: Matthew Sutherland

You love yourself
You love yourself
You love yourself but nobody else

You put your death on trial and did it all with style
Letting no one come between you and your pride

Love me
Love me
You say everyone loves me
But you’re the only one who comes up short

Smile in the mirror and you start to fear your fear
But you’ve talked yourself back many times before

So, here you are
On your throne
All alone

Save me, Save me
And I will do the same for you
Let’s live dangerously
And prosper till this live of ours is through

I let myself in
I let myself in
I let myself in cause your door was wide open

You took off your veil and behind it you were frail
And fragile just like everybody else

Sink down
Sink down
Come sink down with me now
Let’s kiss and get to know each other well

Let’s be hypocrites
Let the night play all its tricks
Cause to keep you would be too hard of a sell

So, here we are
On our thrones
All alone

Save me, Save me
And I will do the same for you
Let’s live dangerously
And prosper till this live of ours is through

GOTTA HAVE LOVE

Written By: Matthew Sutherland

I heard the rainfall
On the roof above my bed
I’m not going to get up now, no
I’d rather dream instead

Of the lives that I could have led
You next to me in bed
You’re breath upon my neck when you
Came up to me and said

You’ve got to have
You have love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love

You’ve got to have love
And don’t be so serious

As the dreams grew more intense
I acquired an inheritance
Ten million dollars set for
Caviar and cigarettes

The I realized I was alone
The bird I loved had flown
The dream turned dark and cold and a voice came
And I was told

You’ve got to have
You have love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love

You’ve got to have love
And don’t be so serious

Let’s get together
Hope for good weather
I’ll feel fine when I know you're mine

Let’s get together
Hope for good weather
You and I
Will be all right

You’ve got to have love
And don’t be so serious

CADILLAC

Written By: Matthew Sutherland

85 and going nowhere
Top down in a Cadillac
Blasting tunes from the 8 track

You think you’re loosing your mind
Oh I know this cause I’ve already lost mine

But we keep driving on
I’ve been told that there’s never enough road
But we’re not running just for running’s sake
We’re for adventure
And what the road gives, we take

Oh, what thieves we are
We are collectors of the evening stars
We pocket every day’s sunset
And we’ll steal moonlight every chance we get

95 and going nowhere
Top down in a Cadillac
Blasting tunes from the 8 track

You think you’re loosing your mind
Oh I know this cause I’ve already lost mine

The wind starts dancing with my hair
I let it lead as I pick up speed
Our troubles slowly disappear
They’re getting smaller in the rear view mirror

Oh, what thieves we are
We are collectors of the evening stars
We pocket every day’s sunset
And we’ll steal moonlight every chance we get

Take your rider by your side
Enjoy the journey and you’ll be alright
This world is wild and alive
Step on the gas and take a drive

Oh, what thieves we are
We are collectors of the evening stars
We pocket every day’s sunset
And we’ll steal moonlight every chance we get

CON ARTISTS IN LOVE

Written By: Matthew Sutherland

You know what you did
You're not sorry kid
You'd take all my money if you knew where it hid

I know what you do
I can see through you
You can't con a con man can you?

But after all you've tried to do to me
I keep letting you back into my life over and over again
I can't help but wonder what it is
That draws me to you but I keep letting you in

You set me on fire
And now, I feel so alive

You and I we aren't
Really far apart
I can tell by looking that you're a work of art

Let stay in tonight
Try to be polite
Turn the TV on and dance in it's light

We'll keep our secrets to ourselves
I think I know what not to say
I promise, not too steal everything
And I'll trust you if you trust me

You set me on fire
And now, I feel so alive

I look into your eyes
And I watch them look right back at me
You plotting something good
You better get me before I get you

Lies, lies, lies
All we have is a lie

Words, words, words
Let's live like we'll never die

CRIMINAL

Written By: Matthew Sutherland

So many days gone by I can only remember a few
It always seems abrupt when life catches up with you, catches up with you
Time goes by and we grow old, I try not to make it personal
27 years old, I feel I’m losing control, I want to take on the world, and I’m gonna to steal it all

I’ve been feeling criminal
Head strong and cynical
A principled imbecile, I need a miracle, I need a miracle
And as a whole
I'm Rock and Roll, just not so visible
C'est la vie
She said to me
Just don’t be so typical

She might be the only one
Who sees the real me
Can't she see that the honesty is killing me, it's killing me
As I write this verse, I feel I'm making it worse but I just can't seem to stop myself
My last stop is a Hearse, so I can’t see that it’s worth spending another day without her

I’ve been feeling criminal
Head strong and cynical
A principled imbecile, I need a miracle, I need a miracle
And as a whole
I'm Rock and Roll, just not so visible
C'est la vie
She said to me
Just don’t be so typical

Discography

The Get Down Automatic (The Black EP)

Set List

Various Combinations of the following:

Born In A Graveyard
Gotta Have Love
Love Yourself
Ms. Hyde
Rock and Roll
Cadillac
Con Artists in Love

Average set length without covers: 45 minutes