Fake History for Plastic Times
BROOKLYN, NY: Chance Drzewucki, Matt Walsh, and David Andrew Moore -- a group of Brooklyn-based musicians who comprise the electro-rock outfit Automatic Duo -- list influences from Prince to the Talking Heads to the Flaming Lips. One would be as equally justified filing this adventurous troupe under New Wave as they would under Electronica, Jazz, or Psychedelic Rock. Like most path-paving denizens on the contemporary indie/DIY circuit, Automatic Duo are in it to create something new under the sun. "We prefer to think of ourselves as 'synthesists,'" says Walsh. "Scroll through anyone's iPod and it will tell you that today's music lover is into everything. We do it all at once, or one right after another. There's every reason in the world to play a mellow R & B tune right after a scorching electronica composition." The unofficial fourth member of Automatic Duo is Matt Walsh's instrument, which he calls "The Monster." Chance, the duo's high and lonesome voiced lead singer, prefers to call it "The Blip Bitch." An entanglement of electronic gadgets and wires that seem to spring from a Sunday afternoon Sci-fi flick, Walsh's Blip Bitch allows layers of sonic looping to be performed simultaneously in real time. Walsh updates the folky one-man-band image of guitar, harmonica, drum and kazoo by adding synths to the mix all played through the looping sound chain of the Blip Bitch live and in person. Needless to say, Automatic Duo's live performances are a sound - and as equally a sight -- to behold. "People are very curious about the Blip Bitch," says Walsh, "they can't figure out how three guys can create such a massive sound. It's all in the Blip Bitch." Automatic Duo is currently touring in support of their first release, \'Fake History For Outlandish Times\', an EP released under the independent Hotel Records label out of Brooklyn. With their new EP and Blip Bitch in tow, Automatic Duo sets high standards, aiming to carry on the sonic legacy of perhaps their loftiest heroes - The Beatles and The Beach Boys - to new places.