Having its seeds in Chicago experimental/post-rock band Counterfeit i through vocalist/guitarist Derek Allen, Lower Automation is poised to take 2016 by the scruff of the neck with their seemingly dissonant, but expertly sculpted collusion of contrasting textures and off-kilter invention. Derek, Brian, and Matt weave the experimental flavours and aberrant imagination at their command into songs which seduce through angular discord-bred melodies whilst captivating bodies with atypically sculpted rhythms.
Recorded with Sanford Parker (Pelican, Wovenhand), the band’s debut EP Maps is a simultaneous infestation of ears and psyche by a band hungry to infuse modern rock ‘n’ roll with the individualism and creative heart which many will argue it is lacking. With a clutch of shows across a host of states to coincide with its introduction, Maps is the first inescapable spark to the sonic fire that is Lower Automation.
Check out the premiere of their song “Decorated” below. Vocalist/guitarist Derek Allen comments:
“‘Decorated’ was written last spring after coming out of an arm injury and multiple sicknesses. As I started playing guitar more again, this ended up being the first song I’d written without any kind of electronic elements in a long, long time. It’s about the meaninglessness of the honor and success systems we have in place as a culture. In the end, we are the ones who assign authority to figures and only we can redirect or erase that.”
Lower Automation Tour Dates:
3/5 – Skeletunes Lounge | Fort Wayne, IN
3/12 – The Oasis | Grayslake, IL
4/8 – The Refuge | Pana, IL
4/10 – Bremen Cafe | Milwaukee, WI
4/13 – The Rockery | Wyandotte, MI
4/14 – Buzzbin | Canton, OH
4/15 – Spacebar | Columbus, OH
4/16 – Crofoot| Pontiac, MI