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Automatic City

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HQ: Los Angeles, CA
CHECK OUT: Automatic City (THE MILITIA GROUP; themilitiagroup.com)
FOR FANS OF: Cursive, Fugazi, Minus The Bear

On Automatic City, Controlling The Famous display their ability to combine smart, belligerent math rock with huge melodies. Produced by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, the Locust), the disc is a concept album that attempts to immerse the listener in the frenetic pace one experiences living in Los Angels, touching on a variety of desperate cosmopolitan themes involving driving, dreams and that great equalizer: death. According to singer/guitarist Max Hellmann, CTF’s goal is to "Challenge the listener, but not to a point where [the music is] unlistenable. We want something that grows organically [by] word of mouth, and something that isn’t about the latest style or moment in time. We want to make the music timeless, if at all possible." [AMART]

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"smart, belligerent math rock with huge melodies." -- Alternative Press

1. Detox
2. Heart Attack
3. Highway Parking Lot
4. Easy Life
5. If You Die
6. Two Sides
7. Long Day
8. Maybe We’re Dead
9. Pyromaniac
10. Devil’s Suitcase

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Militia
  • ASIN: B000F9T6JC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evan Yaffe on June 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been waiting for this album to come out for 6 months. The wait was well worth it. This record is full of intelligent and mature songs. Indie rock never sounded so good. These guys are the huge breath of fresh air independent music has been craving. Standout tracks are "Highway Parking Lot", "Pyromaniac", and "Heart Attack." Pick up the record...you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended for fans of Minus The Bear, Cursive, The Valley Arena, and Fugazi.
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Indie rock (Independent rock) label TMG (The Militia Group) gave Controlling The Famous a nod, and a blank canvas, and this is the timeless masterpiece they painted, "Automatic City". Some call their subgenre of rock "math" others "post-rock" and I've even heard "grunge", yet never "pop". They're definitively not trying to fit the cookie cutter mold of any type as not to inhibit their freedom of musical expression. They play Rock 'n' Roll with no frills, two guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer. All four members are mature, accomplished musicians in their own right, and together they transform into a rarity of unbelievable Synergy. I have a few albums where there are no bad tracks, yet I could easily tell you a favorite song or two on each of them. Not an easy task on "Automatic City", as each song equally makes up the collective whole. The lyrics social commentary can be awakening, seductive, sometimes dark, and always addictive.

If you have the opportunity, see them live, as they have commanding stage presence giving their audience a riveting performance. Live or on CD Controlling The Famous (CTF) leaves you wanting more.

Don't take my word for, read what MSNBC had to say about CTF. Still not decided, then listen to some clips at their website.

Artists are Max Hellmann (Guitar, vocals, songwriter), Johnny Collins (Guitar, vocals, songwriter), Brendan Hughes (Bass), and Mike aka "Fred" Schneider (Drums).

This is an unsolicited, independent review by someone who appreciates exceptional music, be it Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, Duane Allman and The Allman Brothers Band, Jim Morrison and The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Riley King aka B.B.
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I heard "Highway Parking Lot" on the label sampler and was haunted by it
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