The Autumn Defense

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The Autumn Defense
Years active 2002–present
Members John Stirratt
Pat Sansone

The Autumn Defense is an American indie rock band composed of multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone.


The Autumn Defense began as a side project for John Stirratt, best known for his work as bassist for alt-country bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. In 1999, Stirratt began collaborating with friend Pat Sansone, known for his work with Joseph Arthur and Josh Rouse, to produce 1960s-style rock/pop. Their debut album The Green Hour was released on Stirratt's own Broadmoor label, with Stirratt doing the bulk of the writing while Sansone focused on the technical recording aspects. The band did some light touring around the United States in between other projects.

The duo reconvened in 2002 to begin work on their follow-up album, the critically acclaimed Circles released in 2003 on the Arena Rock Recording Co. label. The band received press in Mojo, No Depression, and the Chicago Tribune and supported the release with a successful club tour throughout America and Europe.

Since the release of Circles Sansone has joined Stirratt as part of Wilco's current six-man lineup.

Stirratt also released an album with his twin sister Laurie, entitled Arabella in 2004. The album was released on Broadmoor Records.

The band's third, self-titled record was released in the US January 16, 2007 on Broadmoor while Broken Horse records issued The Autumn Defense in the UK/Europe on February 25, 2008. The band embarked on a US tour in February and March 2007.

The Autumn Defense released their fourth LP titled Once Around in November 2010 on Yep Roc Records. Their fifth LP, entitled Fifth, was released on January 28th, 2014 on Yep Roc.


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