The Automatic

YAY INSPIRATION or something.

sooo The Automatic! you probably don’t really know them but you must’ve heard MONSTER before
I just spammed about here on their forum (which I had been on quite a while before, I got to know them during the winter olympics in hurr.. 2006? was in the italian alps I believe. I got the clip stored on my computer (I’m on my laptop right now so I can’t access it..) or on one of my hard disks.. will try and upload it to youtube someday) so I thought I might write a bit on here! (I shouldn’t use those () thingies that much =P it makes my sentences long and hard to understand and read xD)

ANYWAYS I’ve got to learn to stay on subject for more than 2 seconds. The Automatic released their first album, Not Accepted Anywhere in 2006, when Alex Pennie (synth/screams) was still in the band. That was also the time that I fell in love with them! I first heard.. I think it was Raoul (who is actually a guy that sells sandwiches in cardiff =P). I got the album (downloaded. yeah sue me.) and played it LOTS of times! then I found out they were coming to the netherlands, not just once, not just twice, but 4 (hmm can’t do caps letters with numbers..) times! I went to the gig in Tivoli in Utrecht, with my (now ex)bf, and a girl I knew from secondary school, and a few of her friends (of which one I bumped into on lowlands in august, waiting in line to see Franz Ferdinand xD). We were like more than an hour early, so we just sat in front of Tivoli with some other people.. and suddenly, 4 guys walked past us. I think my jaw must’ve dropped into the Oudegracht as I saw that it were Rob, Frost, Iwan and uurhhr.. James (tour guy or something. dunnolol.) I think. so I was like.. ‘shall we walk to them and ask autographs and act fangirlish?’

so we did

well actually the walking turned into running while on our way to catch up to them as they were a bit ahead of us already. We had a little chat, of course I kinda freaked out and no real english word came out of my mouth but WHATEVER. we got our arms signed, and we got a photo =D will upload if I’ve got my laptop hooked up to the hard disk I talked about previously =P
A while after that another guy (n a girl) walked past.. and my friends were like ‘teeheee he looks like popeye’ and I believe my jaw dropped even deeper into the Oudegracht. they mistook Pennie for Popeye xD
I didn’t run after him.. he looked kinda moody and I didn’t want to bother him when he was with his girlfriend (?)
well a while after that we went inside, and I wanted to buy a tshirt. and WHO was selling those tshirts? PETER HILL! I had talked to him on myspace before, he’s the photographer (try and say that when you’re a tad nervous and when nerves eat your english knowledge) & a friend (and I just found out he’s tour manager now?) of the band! So I had a little chat with him, talked about ‘snorren’ and asked if we could draw one on his face. Shame he said he wasn’t drunk enough =P
Then he also signed our arm, he was like ‘wtf people asking me for autographs? makes no sense.’

Then the actual gig started! The support was by Silence is Sexy, a dutch band. They were pretty good, their guitarist was crazy! as in he looked crazy, I didn’t have enough knowledge of guitar-goodness by then to decide if he was really good at it =P
oh, just found my old photobucket account, there’re some gig photos on there =D not the band + me pic though =(
Ok bladibla, we had lots of fun, the friends my other friend brought were really fun ^^ AND THEN THE AUTOMATIC STARTED!!! they played pretty much all the songs of NAA I think, (yeah it was pretty long ago. 14 april 2007 I think) and 2 covers: Golddigga and a song by the Talking Heads (dunno the title, they sung something with ‘this aint no party, this aint no disco, this aint no foolin around) and there was a pit and I got bruised and we didn’t miss our train (which I did later, when i went to Lostprophets in Amsterdam. The last train leaves waaaay to early =[)
oh and I got the most epic gig-goody-souvenir: an towel,signed by pete =P it probably has the sweat of one of the band members on it xD
when I asked pete (he recognized me! but he still wasn’t drunk enough =P) for *something* that was left on stage, he was like ‘oh there’s a towel here.. but you don’t want that don’t you? ‘ ‘uh.. yeah..’  ‘gross. here you are!’  ‘can you sign it? =]’  ‘wtf.’  ^^
I asked him if we could come backstage too, he was like ‘hm well backstage isn’t that spectacular, there’s only like a room..’  ‘doesn’t matter’  ‘well if you stay around, I’ll see if I can arrange something for you..’  but since we didn’t want to miss our train we had to leave *sob*
goddamned trains. if it weren’t for them, I would’ve probably been backstage with the fucking automatic!!!


OK I wanted to write a cd review, of the Automatic’s latest album: This is a Fix! I haven’t even listened to it properly, I don’t understand why.. it probably has to do with Pennie leaving (he’s been replaced by Paul Mullen). I loved his squeaks and jumping around, his crazyness was great! I have to listen to it properly, I will write a review later, as this post is becoming WAAAAAY to long and most of you have probably stopped reading by now xD

cooool I have 1000 words! This is the end of my blog ;)


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