Crump: Drums / Percussion / Bass
Stephen Mattos: Guitar/ Lap Steel / Keyboards
in basketball jerseys, short shorts, and knee socks, and with flowing
manes held back by terrycloth sweatbands, Athletic Automaton command
attention through the sheer force of their personality before they
even pick up their instruments. As a duo, they add up to something
rather deadly, like a seventies-era gym class gone somehow horribly
wrong. Or maybe horribly right. - Skyscraper
On their second full-length album "A Journey Through Roman's Empire"
ATHLETIC AUTOMATON devolve without diminishing. Songs and instrumentation
alike have been reduced to key components, stripped bare of pretence
until only the core remains; evaporating the distance between listener
This is minimalism set on heavy and trance gone sour. While deceptively
simple and repetitive, the music is never rigid, never complacent
or familiar. Alternately a swirl of precision, and a countercurrent
of resistance, Athletic Automaton are unafraid to find virtue in the
accidental, while remaining purposeful and determined.
Here, Donald Duck riffs dribble past sprinting rhythms - and asthmatic
guitars swarm landscapes that bark back in opposition. "A Journey
Through Roman's Empire" is a psychedelic coliseum of reverse intonation,
rooted in Pittsburgh circa 1972, an audio sport the likes of which
has never been heard before.
Small Ball Game
Roman's Empire A.D.
A Circus Maximus
The Smaller Ball Game
Without Feet from "A Journey Through Roman's Empire"
Last Tendon from "A Journey Through Roman's Empire"
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o "Calisthenics become repetitive exercises of sonic torture, as the
sweaty duo engages in musical drills designed to sap the energy of even
the most fit and healthy listener" - Dusted Magazine
o "Athletic Automaton is making my palms (and ears) sweat as we speak...
Their riffs and grooves are minimal, the lyrics occasional, and the
tension they wield - a most welcome constant." - Skyscraper
RELEASES FROM SKiN GRAFT:
Of The Life-Force Warriors"
Journey Through Roman's Empire"