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OriginLondon, UK
GenresIndie Pop, Alternative Rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards, drums
Years active2011 to present
LabelsO/R Records
MembersJody Gadsden, Simon Neilson, Barney JC

Autoheart are a London-based indie-pop group formed in 2011 - featuring founder members Jody Gadsden, vocals, Simon Neilson, piano and keys, with Barney JC, guitar, and David Roman, drums. The group formerly recorded under the name The Gadsdens.


Jody and Simon met and formed The Gadsdens in 2007 after collaborating on a song for a short film soundtrack. The band's debut single, “The Sailor Song”, released in 2009, was championed by Bob Harris on his BBC Radio 2 Show [1] and was “Single of the Week” on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC 6 Music radio show.[2] The single release was accompanied by an animated music video [3] by London-based animator and director Gavin Leisfield.

The Gadsdens appeared on The Radcliffe and Maconie BBC Radio 2 show on 17 Nov 2009 performing 3 tracks; “The Sailor Song”, “Too Polite To Fight” and “Agoraphobia”.[4]

Maconie and Radcliffe have continued to play “The Sailor Song” on their show. They also placed the band’s live version of “The Sailor Song” on their “Best Live Sessions of 2009” end of year list.[5] In response to the news that the BBC plan to cut Radcliffe and Maconie’s radio show from 4 nights a week to three, Marc Lee from Telegraph mentions The Gadsdens, commenting “I heard what proved to be my favourite songs of both 2008 and 2009 for the first time on the show – The Last of the Melting Snow by the Leisure Society and The Sailor Song by the Gadsdens, both of them strange and gorgeous”.[6]

Q Magazine made “The Sailor Song “ their Track of day, citing; “ A Charming and pulsating piece of piano pop that holds no surprises, tempo shifts or digital tweaks, it’s naturally sentimental, sending strong links to Tracy Chapman, mostly due to the vocal style of frontman Jody Gadsden”.[7]

The band were also featured in the Guardian’s “The Measure” as one’s to watch: “The Gadsdens New band alert. The Sailor Song is heaven. Head to Myspace quickest-smartest” [8] and MTV labeled the band as “Exquisite, outsider pop”.[9]

The Gadsdens announced[10] on 24 August 2011 they had 'evolved' and were to be known going forward as Autoheart. On the same day, they posted a cover recording of 'Ordinary Fool'[11] on YouTube. The song was originally included on the Bugsy Malone soundtrack.

The band were featured as The Guardian's New Band of the Day on 9 July 2013. Gadsden's vocal style was likened to that of Anohni and Andy Bell.[12] Autoheart's sound was compared to Kodaline and Dexy's Midnight Runners.

Autoheart's debut album 'Punch' was released on 15 July 2013 on O/R Records. 'Punch' was produced by Danton Supple who has previously worked with Morrissey and Coldplay. The album was preceded by 3 singles: 'Control' (5 November 2012), 'Lent' (11 February 2013) and double A-side single 'Moscow/Agoraphobia' (8 July 2013).

An album of previously unheard tracks was released on 30 May 2014 under the title 'Demos'.

The band's official follow up to their debut album 'Punch' titled 'I Can Build A Fire' was released 26 August 2016.



  • The Sailor Song - (30 November 2009 – SBW Music)
  • Control - (5 November 2012 - O/R Records)
  • Lent - (11 February 2013 - O/R Records)
  • Moscow/Agoraphobia - (8 July 2013 - O/R Records)
  • Beat The Love - (14 February 2014 - O/R Records)
  • Possibility - (22 July 2016 - O/R Records)
  • Oxford Blood - (19 August 2016 - O/R Records)
  • My Hallelujah EP - (23 June 2017 - O/R Records)


  • Punch - (15 July 2013 - O/R Records)
  • DEMOS - (30 May 2014 - O/R Records) - Bandcamp only release
  • I Can Build A Fire - (26 August 2016 - O/R Records)
  • Punch - Special Edition - (23 June 2017 - O/R Records)


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  3. ^ The Sailor Song on YouTube
  4. ^ BBC
  5. ^ BBC, [1] ,
  6. ^ The Telegraph [2] ,
  7. ^ Q magazine Archived December 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Guardian
  9. ^ MTV Archived June 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ The Gadsdens Facebook page
  11. ^ Ordinary Fool video
  12. ^ The Guardian. "New Band of the Day: Autoheart". Retrieved 23 October 2013.