Autonomadic â€“ The Missionary / 2007 Bleeding Ear / 7 Tracks / http://www.autonomadic.com /
Apparently we had a chance to review a song from Autonomadic (â€œPig Tailsâ€) when we reviewed the â€œPunks and Pintsâ€ compilation a few years back. The review given then is still accurate â€“ Autonomadic play a style of punk music that is catchy as all get out. Unlike their â€œPig Tailsâ€, it seems as if the band is purely fueled by the punk of acts like Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, rather than any alternative music. â€œThe Missionaryâ€ is pure streetpunk, and the sub-two minute track sets the stage for the rest of the disc. â€œNothingâ€ is one of the longer tracks on â€œThe Missionaryâ€, and it throws in a little bit of distortion and fuzz into the mix.
While the sloppy vocal style (think Tim Armstrong) is still present during â€œNothingâ€, the hints of brooding emotionality present in the instrumentation give Autonomadic a depth that few bands can actually achieve on an LP, much less a seven song EP. Â â€œFunny Farmâ€ continues with this slightly strung-out sound, and allows a slower sound to snowball into something much more catchy and quick by the time that the band gets to the chorus. In fact, it may be â€œFunny Farmâ€ that distinguishes the band from all the other acts currently out in the scene. The pit-worthy chorus is reminiscent of The Pissants and I Live With Zombies. The 15-plus minutes of â€œThe Missionaryâ€™ are enough to get a good idea of who the band is, what they want to do, and how they are going to do it, but it is something that is just too short â€“ I want to hear more, damn it! If you are a fan of any style of punk music, Autonomadic is an act that you have to search out. Whether it be for their depth or their catchiness, they should be a band everyone checks out.
Top Track: Funny Farm