Automatic Black

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Automatic Black
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Rock, indie, punk
Years active 2001 - present
Labels Arista Records
Nashville NOiR
Per Capita Records
Website Official site
Members Jeff Darr
Steve Kitabjian
Mark Biondi
Past members Tom Chambers
Stevie D
Rikki Lixx

Automatic Black is a rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


2001-2003 Formation

The band formed in 2001 when vocalist Jeff Darr returned from Europe and met Drummer Tom Chambers and Bassist Steve Kitabjian through mutual friends. Guitarist Stevie D. finalized the lineup after he felt a calling to the band because the both the group's members and music had similar feel to his own struggles and hardship.

2003-2004 Minor popularity and DE-Evolution

In 2003, Automatic Black was the opening act for Kiss and Aerosmith on the second leg of their Rocksimus Maximus Tour.[1][2]

Their debut album, De-Evolution, intended to be released on April 12th, 2004 under Arista Records, was never formally released due to financial difficulties;[3] however, their song "Crash and Burn" was featured in the EA game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 and their song "Go Your Way" was officially released as a single on January 12th, 2004

2005-2007 Lineup changes and "What Else"

After not getting their debut album formally on the market and getting released from Arista Records, members Stevie D. and Tom Chambers left the band. Stevie D. reformed the band Buckcherry with long time friend Josh Todd and Tom Chambers left due to differences between him and Jeff Darr.

Mark Biondi took over on drums and percussion for Chambers and Rikki Lixx replaced Stevie D. on lead guitar. With their new members they released a non-album single on their MySpace, "What Else". (However It can no longer be found on their website.)

2008-2009 Nashville and Automatic Black EP

The group released their self-titled EP in 2008 on independent label Nashville NOiR, and again on September 1st, 2009 on independent Nashville record label Per Capita Records.

2010-Present Hiatus

In 2010 Rikki Lixx left Automatic Black leaving Jeff Darr to vocals and lead guitar. The band is on an unofficial hiatus as of 2011, however in 2013 they released the previously mentioned fan favorite "Crash and Burn" on their MySpace page.

Discography and Singles[edit]

April 12th, 2004: De-Evolution

  1. Dementia
  2. Radio Edit
  3. Crash & Burn
  4. No Brain
  5. Antiseptic
  6. Low
  7. Go Your Way
  8. N.T.I.L.
  9. Burnout
  10. Lovely Thing
  11. Ashtray

2008-September 1st, 2009: Automatic Black

  1. No Matter What
  2. Ruined Everything
  3. Bitch Is Dead
  4. White Trash Vaccation
  5. The One


"Crash and Burn" September 22, 2003, re-released 2013

"Go Your Way" January 12, 2004

"What Else" Unknown date, 2006


Current Members

Jeff Darr - Vocals (2001-Present), Rhythm Guitar (2003-2010), Lead Guitar (2001-2003, 2010-Present)

Steve Kitabjian - Bass (2001-Present) Backing Vocals (2001-Present)

Mark Biondi - Drums/Percussion (2006-Present)

Past members

Tom Chambers - Drums/Percussion (2001- 2005) Backing Vocals (2001-2005)

Stevie D. - Lead Guitar (2003-2005) Backing Vocals (2003-2005)

Rikki Lixx - Lead Guitar (2006-2010) Backing Vocals (2006-2010)


  1. ^ Aerosmith - Rocksimus Maximus Tour, Aero Force One. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
  2. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke. Aerosmith High-Energy; Kiss Concert Mechanical, News & Record. Published November 24, 2003. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
  3. ^ Wippsson, Johan. Automatic Black Interview Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Published August 16, 2006. Retrieved September 14, 2008.

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