Journey Through Roman's Empire"
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"Dressed 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 and band.
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
Pat Crump: Drums / Percussion / Bass
Stephen Mattos: Guitar/ Lap Steel / Keyboards
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