Interstate (song)

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"Interstate"
Single by The Automatic
from the album Tear the Signs Down
Released 6 December 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded Warwick Hall, Cardiff
Genre Post-punk revival
Length 3:33
Label Armored Records, EMI[1]
Writer(s) Robin Hawkins, Paul Mullen, James Frost
The Automatic singles chronology
"Steve McQueen"
(2007)
"Interstate"
(2009)
"Run & Hide"
(2010)[2]

Interstate is the first single from Tear the Signs Down, the third studio album by Welsh alternative rock band The Automatic. The single was released on 6 December, and marks the first release through the band's own record label; Armored Records.[3][4]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Similarly to previous single "Steve McQueen", "Interstate" is considered a bridge between previous record "This Is a Fix" and "Tear the Signs Down". Lyrically and musically however the track is more like material from debut album Not Accepted Anywhere,[5] with the use of synthesizer keyboards and three part vocals - predominantly from Robin Hawkins and Paul Mullen, with backing vocals throughout from James Frost. The track was written and recorded at Warwick Hall of Sound, and according to Paul Mullen was one of the easiest tracks to write, taking mere hours. The lyrics refer to "freedom, no stress, being away from everything and basically driving along a big long road to God knows where" referring to their split with former record label, B-Unique,[6][7] as well as they're experiences of recording previous album This Is a Fix abroad in Los Angeles in 2007.[8]

Release[edit]

The track's release details were announced on 3 November 2009, with the announcement of the single "Interstate" and the band's third album Tear the Signs Down. Armored Records; the band's new own record label was announced on the same day, which would be distributed by EMI. The track was premiered, also on 3 November on XFM, with the music video and song itself available to stream on YouTube, Myspace and the band's official website. In promotion for the single, "Something Else", a bonus track from Tear the Signs Down was released as a free download on Music Glue.[9] A week later on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 10 November, vocalist and guitarist Paul Mullen was interviewed about the new single.[10]

The primary location for the music video, outside the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, against a backdrop created by Alan Goulbourne.

The single artwork sleeve is an abstract painting by vocalist/bassist Robin Hawkins, which uses the logo style from previous record This Is a Fix.[11]

The band reworked the track soon after its release into an acoustic west country style, which was performed in session on BBC Radio Wales and then on Live from Studio Five.[12][13]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond, with additional photography by Nicolas Booth. The music video was filmed on 12 October 2009 at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.[14][15] The primary setting of the video at the Chapter Arts Centre uses a backdrop created in 2008 by artist Alan Goulbourne; a 'multi-layered three-dimensional sculptural landscape' which originally was not painted,[16][17] however in the video it has been painted Red White and Blue, colours which re-occur throughout the video - with Paul Mullen using a white Gibson SG, Rob Hawkins using a red bass guitar whilst Frost playing a blue Gibson Les Paul and Iwan playing a blue drum kit, the woman and scrap-heap cars also use these colours.[18] The concept of the video is based around the stereotype of the American lifestyle, with young girls, fast cars and unhealthy foods.[19]

The narrative follows the band performing the track, whilst several different woman are shown consuming various meats, burgers, milkshakes and ice creams, as well as shots of cars being scrapped. The video was premiered on 3 November 2009 on YouTube and Myspace, shortly after the song was initially aired on XFM.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Interstate"   3:33

Credits and personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Automatic sign deal with EMI webwire.com, 11 November 2009
  2. ^ Mixing(,) drinks theautomatic.co.uk, James Frost, 30 October 2009
  3. ^ New single "Interstate" and album announced theautomatic.co.uk, 3 November 2009
  4. ^ The Automatic announce UK tour and ticket details NME, 3 November 2009
  5. ^ Return of the monster; The Automatic are back Wales Online, Gavin Allen, 11 November 2009
  6. ^ Single - Interstate PR Chuff Media, 3 November 2009
  7. ^ Paul with Zane Lowe on Radio 1 theautomatic.co.uk, BBC Radio 1, Paul Mullen & Zane Lowe interview, 10 November 2009
  8. ^ The Automatic Break Free for Album No. 3 euronews.net, 10 December 2009
  9. ^ New single "Interstate" and album announced theautomatic.co.uk, 3 November 2009
  10. ^ Paul with Zane Lowe on Radio 1 theautomatic.co.uk, BBC Radio 1, Paul Mullen & Zane Lowe interview, 10 November 2009
  11. ^ The Automatic Chuff Media, 10 November 2009
  12. ^ Not Sleepy Robin Hawkins, The Automatic blog, 10 December 2009
  13. ^ Automatic - Interstate (video) BBC, 10 December 2009
  14. ^ We is making a music video. If you're round chapter arts in Cardiff come say hi. Twitter, The Automatic, 12 October 2009
  15. ^ Spying out the window at The Automatic filming their latest video out the front of Chapter in front of the specially painted hoardings. Twitter, Chapter Arts Centre, 12 October 2009
  16. ^ Commission for Chapter hoarding - Selected artist: Alan Goulbourne chapter.org, 13 November 2009
  17. ^ Alan Goulbourne’s Commission for Chapter Hoarding chapter.org, 13 November 2009
  18. ^ Interstate - The Automatic vimeo, Ewan Jones Morris & Casey Raymond, 3 November 2009
  19. ^ The Automatic Break Free for Album No. 3 euronews.net, 10 December 2009

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