Automatic Children / Press

"Johnny" is a grungy (a compliment of course) single from the Automatic Children. "Johnny" is a jangle-y, guitar-driven rock song with vocals haunted by passion, a sense of urgency and uncried tears.

“They deal in the type of to-the-point guitar music that is ingrained in New York's heritage, taking elements from the 1970s garage and punk scene right through to the revival that's kept websites like us swamped with decent music for the last few years. ... 'Johnny' has ringing guitar strums and a simple lead over the top, it has vocals that are half screamed with passion and it has an irresistible and toe-tapping feel in general.”

“Automatic Children are a four piece from NYC who approach their music with a jangly ease. Their split of boy/girl vocals is refreshing and helps them stand out from the crowd. Their latest single, "Johnny", is one of their finest tracks to date and is the perfect accompaniment to the road trip you've yet to take.”

“Lyrically. I hear a punk band. Musically, I hear an alt/indie band. It’s an odd juxtaposition that just seems to work. Automatic Children have released the single “Johnny” on a 7″ vinyl”

“There’s rebelliousness to their sound; I can feel the leather jacket hanging on my shoulders in James Dean fashion. Their rebellion steams from vocal timbre. No voice on this record sounds exactly like the last, which leads me to think that Adam Lippman and Crista Giuliani are in actuality, four people. It’s a compliment to say the least, as I find different characters in each song adding to the overall narrative”

“Alt-rock quartet Automatic Children have a knack for crafting lo-fi, guitar-driven brand of pop/rock. Formed by members Adam Lippman and Crista Guiliani in 2006, the band has built a reputation as one NYC’s bands to watch, a rep no doubt earned by churning songs like their latest “Johnny.” A steady bass line and drums guide the track, while lean, jangly guitars provide plenty of sonic hooks. But what really leaves its mark on your mind and ear drums are Guilani’s vocals, her tough, clipped tone made all the more tense by the tender lyrics memorializing a friend. Instead of emoting, she spits the words out as if singing through clenched teeth.”

“They combine the coolest bits of every band your older sister ever told you about into one helluva an act. For instance, their latest 7” Johnny/Now You Know, features loud hooks that recall Surfer Rosa-era Pixies, a high-registered vocal delivery (courtesy of Adam Lippman) which echoes The Get Up Kids and lyrics that display the world/weary smarts of Paul Westerberg. Its music that is lean, fun, and unpretentious. Check out “Johnny”. It’s what’s for dinner.”

“There are no shortage of those who will tell you everything is the end all of everything and that strategy is becoming less attractive by the hour. Still, I have been enjoying the Johnny/Now You Know seven inch from NYC’s Automatic Children. Take in “Johnny” to see how it hits you. ”

“Automatic Children have been a group for years. Their newest seven inch, released on multi-colored vinyl, is a college radio rock single. The way The Strokes were described as in between the 80’s and 90’s, so are Automatic Children. They don’t exactly fit into either decade, but obvious influences of both are connected. ...Both tracks are noteworthy for their melodic hooks and sentimentality. If nostalgia can be melted into a record, Automatic Children offer that reaction and emotion, and on beautifully colored vinyl too.”

“It’s rare these days, when a band doesn’t try to copy a pre-existing fad, nor do they try to sound like post-apocalyptic noise posing as art. Automatic Children are neither. They are a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less. They write good songs, and then they write more good songs. It’s not about trying to reinvent some image, or find the next big hit. This was the spirit of indie-rock before every band became indie rock, when it had a sound that didn’t require anything more than a good melody, some catchy lyrics, and a rockin’ rhythm section. You can hear punk and pop influences, but the band’s sound is clear and decisive, direct and to the point. You’ll either get it, or you won’t. No need for gimmicks or PR tricks, if you grew up with a cool record collection, this is one to add to it.”

“Even though Automatic Children’s 90’s indie-rock style didn’t really fit the vibe at Wicked Willy’s, the four-piece band put on an entertaining show. Each song was very well crafted, and the band came off as very skilled and professional.”

“(CMJ 2011 review) - After wishing My new friend Paul congratulations for winning the biggest beer pong trophy I'd ever seen, I was ready for the last band of the night, Automatic Children. Here’s a band where almost every member is a frontman, bouncing lines back and forth from singer to singer and trading riffs from country stomp to sentimental note picking. These guys are long- time favorites of the Deli, and new faves of my own.”

“Automatic Children’s anthemic, drum-fueled rock doesn’t back down. Just when you think they’ve gone and given you the biggest blaster with their first track and single “Coming Over Me”, they roll on up with “Solitude”, singer/guitarist Crista Giuliani bringing on her heady Joan Jett-style sneer. Creeping guitars on “The First Time” take a gritty, lo-fi turn, giving a breather at the disc’s halfway mark, and then “Little Stars”, its guitars laced a bit with “Lust For Life” inspiration, brings on another barnstormer, this time fronted by singer/guitarist Adam Lippman, who has quite a smooth croon. Automatic Children are from NYC (with a show during CMJ 2010), but sound more like real deal rockers you’d discover somewhere in the middle of America, who have all the time in the world to polish their full-frontal songs.”

“A very solid release from a band that was named one of the top NYC bands by The Deli magazine a whopping two times. Deli writes, "Unselfconsciously, Automatic Children play psych-influenced and alternative rock in the style of some of the 90s' best -- a comparison to Brian Jonestown Massacre (without all the crazy) wouldn't be totally out of order." Well put. Raw and rollicking, but if you're a fan of the slower stuff, check out the fantastic "Be Here Now."”

““Oh, the lyrics. Automatic Children, +100 points for being clever. Lyrics is the domain in which this album shines: it is essentially the perfect blithe, caustic, sarcastic break-up album for those who don’t feel like pitying themselves. “What is it going to take your mortally inclined wooden stake to tear apart your heart?” BOOM BOOM.” ”