AUTOMATICS: Octonary EP (ltd
Steve Jones & Johnny Thunders
(Blank Generation Records BG001)
Those who’ve followed this website since the dawn of time may recall my
enthusiasm for the Automatics LP Britannia, released in 2006, and
featuring a guest appearance by Steve Jones.
primarily for the 1978 single When The Tanks Roll (Over Poland Again),
there is so much more to David Philp’s oft overlooked band. Thankfully,
Blank Generation Records have taken it upon themselves to revisit the
band’s back catalogue with a limited edition white vinyl EP
spanning the decades.
The record showcases two
contrasting styles. Side A contains
two moving songs in Rule
Britannia and Irish
Blessing. Reflective and
sincere, the song writing and arrangements are exceptional. Both
feature SLF’s Ian McCallum and date from 2011 and 2006 respectively.
The former begins with the chimes of Big Ben then powers along with its
infectious musical motifs which tug at the heart strings. It’s a touch
melancholic, as is the acoustic led Irish Blessing, a beautiful song
that stays the right side of positive making it all the more striking.
Side AA is where Jonesy and Thunders reside. The 2003 cut
Peace On Earth
is far removed from Steve’s Greedies Xmas offering in
tone - this is a rocking plea for peace - and it has those spine
tingling touches that only Jonesy can muster, rubbing up against some
powerful riffing. It’s a glorious festive offering. Wild One dates from
‘78 and Thunders provides the guitar. The Heartbreakers and The
Saints collide as Johnny takes his magic axe to the proceedings. Where
has this punky gem been hiding?
The Octonary EP provides a window into the vast catalogue of
previous unreleased Automatics albums that are now being given a
digital release. The vinyl itself is a corker, well presented with a
fold out lyric sheet. Your collection needs it.
300 copies. Contact email@example.com for purchase details.
Also available on all download and streaming platforms.