Short Term Manifesto
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There¹s a real sense of ambitions being achieved on this very impressive
debut. Tony Auton gives a clue as to what¹s going on when he says,
wanted to ADD to all our favorite music, to be inspired but not copy.
It¹s a proper album, with ebbs and flows". The influences
are certainly on view throughout, but they are myriad and catholic,
from T-Rex ("It's A Strange Thing") to Devo (³The Devil
In Me"), with lots of eighties electronica along the way. This
could easily have led to something incoherent, but, with the help of
a glorious production job by Mercury-nominated Rich Tamblyn, it hangs
together in a highly listenable way.
David Auton, who wrote all the songs, is a seriously talented
person who has waited a while for the opportunity to demonstrate his
talents and he sure as hell isn¹t going to waste the chance. Autons
describe themselves as "electro
punk/glam/rock¹n¹roll", and this selection of interests
is best illustrated in their first single "Snakes". They are
more inspiring, though, when they slow down, as on "Shine Tester,
Shine Tester" and the climate awareness anthem "Maybe".
This latter track is the album¹s standout, boasting a lighters-aloft
chorus worthy of Snow Patrol. Against the odds, Autons add up to a whole
lot more than the sum of their parts.
Amplifier Magazine, USA
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