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The Automatic sign sales and distribution deal with EMI Label Services

The Automatic return with their brand new single Interstate on 7th December 2009, marking the start of a whole new chapter for the Cardiff-based quartet. Following a three year rollercoaster ride which saw the release of two albums (Not Accepted Anywhere and This Is A Fix) and a string of top 40 singles, they return on their own label (Armoured Records) with complete control, absolute vision and total honesty.

Huge new single Interstate is as melodic and anthemic as ever, recorded in the band’s Cardiff Studio with producer Richard Jackson, this is a song about “freedom, no stress, being away from everything and basically driving along a big long road to God knows where”. This track, like the album as a whole, finds Rob Hawkins and Paul Mullen further developing the shared lead vocal duties begun on the last album.

The release also features artwork inspired by an abstract painting by Rob on the sleeve.

Meanwhile, The Automatic are putting the finishing touches to their third album. Titled Tear the Signs Down, the new album will be released through EMI Label Services in the UK and Ireland in February 2010. Before then, the band will be embarking on a twelve date UK tour to preview a host of new material (full tour dates below)

Michael Roe, Vice President EMI Label Services – Europe, said: “EMI is very excited to be working with The Automatic. With Tear the Signs Down they have made a great album and with the reach of EMI’s sales and distribution network behind them we’re looking forward to helping them further develop their career.”


10th Tunbridge Wells Forum
11th Southend Chinnerys
12th Kingston Upon Thames New Slang @ McCluskys
13th Rhondda Cwmparc
14th Wrexham Central Station
19th Swansea Oceana
20th Preston Lava Ignite
21st Ipswich Liquid
25th Sunderland Independent
26th Carlisle Brickyard
27th Stockton on Tees Ku Bar
28th Coventry Kasbah

The Automatic are: Rob Hawkins (vocals, bass), Paul Mullen (vocals, guitar), James Frost (guitar), Iwan Griffiths (drums)

EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Its EMI Label Services unit provides EMI’s roster of artists – as well as independent labels and artists – with a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models.

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