Leeds-based five-piece AUTOBAHN follow last year’s sold out debut EP, 1., with a second 3-track 12”, out 7th July. 2. channels the same aggressive post-punk of their debut, but feels sharper, more focused in its intent. And it’s hardly surprising – the first EP was a document of the band’s first three songs. Time has afforded the chance to hone the creative process with an almost military precision: cut the excess; find the point; hammer it home. 

Vinyl 12" £6.99 TLV073

Ltd one-sided 12" on Tough Love.

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Autobahn 2 by Autobahn
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8/10 Mike 04 July 2014
Here's a 12" on Tough Love from Autobahn, who are apparently from Leeds. I need to start paying more attention because I'd not heard of them before. This is their second 12" on Tough Love and despite the krautrock-referencing band name and artwork this is actually more of a gothy post-punk brew, although the motorik repeato-rhythms of bands like Neu! are never too far away. This is far snottier though, owing more of a debt to goth-punk bands like Ink & Dagger and Murder City Devils, or more recently A Place To Bury Strangers or Ceremony.   Closer 'Ulcer' is my favourite of these three songs, seeing the band ease off the spittle and fuzz of the first couple of numbers for a cleaner Sisters of Mercy plod with Bauhaus-meets-Ian Curtis vocals that swells into a latter-era LSF-ish chorus. It's the chuggingly ominous verses that I'm enjoying the most though, the echoed vocals coldly mirroring a simple guitar melody. Enjoyable stuff overall, particularly in the parts where they're resisting the temptation to go comically OTT and sticking to the cold chugging kraut-goth thing they seem from this evidence to be best at.


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