Automatic Midnight

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Automatic Midnight
Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight cover.jpg
Studio album by Hot Snakes
Released February 15, 2000
Recorded June 1999
Genre Post-hardcore,[1] garage rock
Length 31:36
Label Swami
Producer John Reis
Hot Snakes chronology
Automatic Midnight
Suicide Invoice
(2002)Suicide Invoice2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Automatic Midnight is the first studio album by the San Diego, California post-hardcore band Hot Snakes, released in 2000 by Swami Records. Both the band and the album began as a "side project" for John Reis in June 1999, during time off from his main band Rocket From the Crypt. Reis wrote and recorded a batch of songs in San Diego with Delta 72 drummer Jason Kourkounis. To provide vocals for the tracks Reis called in Rick Froberg, whom he had played with in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu from 1986 to 1995. Most of the material from these sessions was used to create Automatic Midnight, which became the first release for Reis' newly formed Swami Records label.

As a visual artist and illustrator Froberg provided all of the artwork for the album. Although the artwork and cover themselves are black on white, the CD release is packaged in a translucent orange jewel case and the LP in translucent orange shrink wrap, giving the packaged album an orange color.

Touring in support of Automatic Midnight was sporadic due to logistical concerns: Reis lived in San Diego, Kourkounis in Philadelphia and Froberg in New York. When a full touring band was needed Gar Wood was called in to play the bass guitar. The band was not conceived as a permanent project, and after some touring Reis returned to working full-time with Rocket From the Crypt. However, Hot Snakes would reconvene intermittently over the next several years to record two more studio albums and tour, with Wood on board as a permanent member.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If Credit's What Matters I'll Take Credit"
  2. "Automatic Midnight"
  3. "No Hands"
  4. "Salton City"
  5. "10th Planet"
  6. "Light Up the Stars"
  7. "Our Work Fills the Pews"
  8. "Past Lives"
  9. "Mystery Boy (aka Jason K.)"
  10. "Apartment 0"
  11. "Let it Come"


Album information[edit]


  1. ^ Telephones. Fusion Anomaly. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  2. ^ Allmusic review