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Journey Through Roman's Empire"
import LP: $12.00 U.S. mailorder
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"
o Features guitarist Steve Mattos, formerly of Arab On Radar
o Available on CD and as a vinyl LP import from Spain's Trece Grabaciones
o "A Journey Through Roman's Empire" follows up AA's
collaborative LP with AIDS Wolf earlier this year.
o Epic gladiator cover art by Seripop (Chloe & Yannick of AIDS Wolf)
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
ATHLETIC AUTOMATON is:
Crump: Drums / Percussion / Bass
Stephen Mattos: Guitar/ Lap Steel / Keyboards
at their BAND page