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.
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.
Pete RingMaster 02/10/2015
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