Autopsy Boys – Song For Debbera

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Listening to the Autopsy Boys always sparks thoughts of the film Re-Animator, probably not particularly surprising when the bands own passion for horror movies and their inspirations songs is so open, but why pretty much always that particular Stuart Gordon offering is hard to say. The same has happened with the British synth punk’s new offering Song For Debbera, that and the equally recurring sense of rich enjoyment. Another stirring fusion of synth pop and horror punk, the song manipulates the body and teases the imagination with its nostalgia meets modern tenacity roar of contagion. In some ways it is a single out of its time but equally a rousing twenty first century incitement which might finally open doors to the kind of spotlights the band is long overdue.

The band was formed in 2011 by vocalist/ synth player William Brunskjill and bassist Gary Hargreaves, the pair infusing inspirations from 80’s TV and horror movies, especially bad B-movies, into an emerging sound influenced by bands such as The Dwarves, Germs, TSOL, and The Queers. With a collection of songs and motivated by encouraging words from favourite band The Dwarves, the pair left their jobs and enrolled on intensive music courses to gain entry into Leeds Music College. A buzz amidst increasing online support gathered around the band through tracks they had posted, they leading to a live gig at a Leeds based music festival which in turn led to attention from a local record label. Deciding to do things DIY though, the band proceeded to record and release debut double A-sided single Rich Kids Playground/ Negative 8 in their own hand built studio, its success and that of first album Def Elements in 2012, waking up thicker and increasing attention in fans and media alike.

cover_RingMaster Review   Subsequent singles Crushing On Cynthia and recently No Ambition which came out earlier this year, continued the ascent in reputation and sound of Autopsy Boys, though each is now outshone by Song For Debbera. The single is the start of big things for the band. It is the debut song from their upcoming second album Revenge of the acid casualty auto humans and the first of five singles which will be accompanied by music videos depicting a chaotic 24 hours in suburbia, they being endorsed and distributed by B-movie legends Troma Entertainment.

Song for Debbera is curated by Canadian scream queen Debbie Rochon, a big fan of the band herself. Her introduction on the single brings a great Tales of The Crypt like coaxing to the emerging contagion of spicy hooks laid down by the keys of Brunskjill and guitar of Alan Laird. The song soon settles into a lively predatory stroll with electro bait bouncing off the crisp beats of Sam Shelton whilst the dark hues cast by Hargreaves’s bass shadow the distinctive vocals of Brunskjill. The flowing infection only ingrains itself deeper as a classic horror hook winds its way across the sinister landscape and punk infused energy and enterprise springs its trap within the already inescapable lure of the song. At times there is a feel of seventies bands The Normal and Naked Lunch to the encounter, in other moments Calling all Astronauts and Rabbit Junk; these all spicing another individual synth punk escapade ultimately unique to Autopsy Boys.

Things are certainly looking up for the band with Song For Debbera also set to be a bonus feature on Debbie Rochon’s latest movie whilst Autopsy Boys is to appear on VHS Massacre, a documentary about the decline of video nasties and physical media. Their biggest key to major things though just might be this one irresistible song ahead of an already highly anticipated album.

Song For Debbera is out from October 2nd via Underdogz Records.

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Pete RingMaster 02/10/2015

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Autopsy Boys – No Ambition

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It is not often you can describe synth pop as predatory or unhinged, but that certainly is how it comes in the hands of UK rockers Autopsy Boys. Their sound is much more than electro based festivity though, the Leeds trio dragging it through the sinister landscapes of horror punk and the raw antagonism of old school melodic punk. The result is a continually infectious and unpredictable proposition no better presented than with the band’s new single No Ambition. Taken from debut album Def Elements, the song is an epidemic of raucous rock energy and anthemic electro devilment, and quite irresistible.

The birth of Autopsy Boys came to pass in late 2011 when vocalist/ synth player William Brunskjill and bassist Gary Hargreaves united to create a post punk outfit using drum machines, synthesizers and the occasional guitar. The pair grabbed inspirations from 80’s TV, horror movies, and gaming for their unique ideation and emerging sound, a flavour which has evolved over time as a rawer punk confrontation influenced by bands like The Dwarves, Germs, TSOL, and The Queers was added to the mix. The band’s album and singles like Crushing On Cynthia has already awakened a hungry and eager appetite for the band’s uncompromising yet rigorously alluring sounds, a persuasion only reinforced by No Ambition and a brand new track accompanying the single.

     No Ambition courts ears with a spatial spattering of electronic spices initially, the lone guitar of Alan Laird adding to the evocative introduction before female vocals add their potent bait. It is all an appetiser to the main thrust of the song which erupts swiftly as Brunskjill flirts with his distinct punk seeded tones amidst a restrained yet feisty tempest of rugged riffs, spicy melodies, and anthemic energy. The song is electro rock at its best but also offers new strains of intoxicating imagination and feet inciting tenacity to set it apart from being just restricted to one style. It is a sure hit for the dance floor and a forceful provocateur for any crazed exploit of body and emotion.

The track is an enslaving treat but greater excitement comes with the brand new track Double Transgretion Theory which provides the B-side. It immediately shows itself to be a rawer more caustic proposal as a heavy smoulder of guitar encases the senses with just a punch of rhythms for company. Subsequently a blast of caustic air blows through, the trigger for a brawl of punk rock soaked rioting. Vocals shout and entice as guitars and rhythms rampage through the ears, their magnetic incitement the thrilling roar to which a riveting dark hearted bassline and dazzle of electronic temptation supply their thick enticements. The track is an outstanding voracious turbulence in sound and devilry, punk rock with a ferocious tail wind and quite delicious.

If the second song is a taster of things to come, and No Ambition as we know already the might of the Yorkshire band right now, it is hard to imagine anyone not losing their inhibitions, heart, and indeed some body fluids to Autopsy Boys.

No Ambition is available now via Underdogz Records on digital download and 7” green vinyl @ http://autopsyboys.com/shop

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RingMaster 29/01/2015

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The Autopsy Boys – Crushing On Cynthia

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Riotous with an antagonistic breath to its virulently contagious sound, Crushing On Cynthia from UK punks The Autopsy Boys, is one of those songs which comes along and seduces the passions whilst simultaneously chaining them up in a blood soaked wrap of sinister devilry. Combining old school punk with eighties electro pop, though the song is even more flavoursome than that descript suggests, the single leaves hunger and emotions alive and greedily hankering for much more from the West Yorkshire quintet.

The seeds of The Autopsy Boys were sown in 2006 when vocalist William Brunskjill and synth player Gary Hargreaves united to create and perform as a post punk outfit using drum machines, synthesizers and the occasional guitar. Theming their songs with inspirations from 80’s TV, horror movies, gaming and marijuana borne through offensive lyrical content, the pair’s sound was compared to the likes of Big Black though it subsequently evolved over time to a more truculent punk confrontation influenced by bands like The Dwarves, Germs, TSOL, and The Queers. 2011 saw the duo approached to open a local hardcore punk and heavy metal all day event BEEFSTOCK IV, to which they agreed and set to expanding their line-up for what was intended as a one off occasion. Bassist Jamie McKenzie (Freaks Union, Dead Pets, Dun 2 Def),guitarist Alan Laird (Steroid Freak Pussy, Me and My mates, The Hydropaths, Dead Pets), and drummer JP Robinson were drafted in to help out and the rise of The Autopsy Boys was off and running with the single the next riotous instalment.

Electro spots hit the ears first on the song, drawing them into a raw graze of scuzzy synth swiped with crisp rhythms whilst the vocals of Brunskjill glance off their surface to engage the listener with an attitude reaped quality. Musically seductive in its verse and caustically brawling in its chorus the song bristles and buffets the senses with a feel of The Adicts and Peter And The Test Tube Babies aligned to an OMD synth persuasion. There is also a slight whisper of post punk involved in the enterprise, a certain Joy Division chill pervading at times from the core of the outstanding song.

Simple in its attack but skilfully crafted in its effect and seizure of the passions, Crushing On Cynthia is a thrill of an introduction to the band and another example of how varied and potent UK punk rock is right now. Watch this space in regard to The Autopsy Boys is the recommendation as we have seen nothing yet one suspects.

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9/10

RingMaster 13/09/2013

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