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Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals) met while immersed in L.A.‘s DIY band scene and started jamming together in 2017.
Lola was born into a punk household (her father is Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus) and joined her first band, art-rock outfit Blackblack, when she was just 13. Halle and Izzy met playing in local bands in Northeast Los Angeles; Izzy was a guitarist and vocalist, and Halle liked to plug her fretless bass into a guitar amp. Uninspired by the masculine energy of the local scene and rock music on the radio – “pumped out like plastic bottles into the ocean” – Izzy ditched the guitar for a synth, and in 2017 she and Halle joined forces with Lola.
Named after a song by The Go-Go’s – the only all-female rock band to have written and played instruments on an album to reach #1 in the US – the band also counts film as an important influence on their music. In particular, David Lynch and Dario Argento’s fingerprints are all over Automatic’s debut album’s (Signal) ambiguous lyrics and eerie atmospheres.