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Head Automatica
Submitted by Kaj Roth on 2004-06-27
Head Automatica Feat. Glassjaw Singer Plays Electronic Rock

For those of you who only know Daryl Palumbo as the angst-fueled vocalist for Strong Island hardcore stalwarts Glassjaw, we hate to tell you this, but you don?t know him at all. If you did, you wouldn?t be surprised to learn that a list of his all-time favorite bands would include everyone from Squeeze to Nick Low, Dave Edmunds to Primal Scream to Elvis Costello. That said, Head Automatica, Palumbo?s long-awaited collaboration with legendary producer/ beatmaker Dan ?The Automator? Nakamura (Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gorillaz) is exactly how you?d expect it to sound and nothing like you?d imagine it would?which, come to think of it, is a fitting analogy for Palumbo himself.

It?s not ego, it?s confidence; and the music on Head Automatica backs up his claims?just listen for yourself. From the pure pop genius of ?Beating Heart Baby,? to the opening ?Yowwwww!!!? on ?Dance Party Plus,? to the Gang-Of-Four-meets-EMF closer ?I Shot William H. Macy,? trying to pigeonhole these 11 songs isn?t just futile?it?s pointless. With Palumbo?s self-assured voice as the unifying factor, Head Automatica seamlessly combines rock ?n? roll?s visceral energy with slamming beats and tales of sex-fueled escapades. Oh, and don?t forget the hooks (on second thought, we dare you to try to forget them).

Head Automatica are gearing up to release their debut album on Warner, "Decadence", on August 10th. Preview four new cuts from the effort at the link.

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