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Cowbridge, Wales, United Kingdom (2005 – present)

The Automatic are a rock band which formed in 2005 in Cowbridge, Wales, United Kingdom. The group is also known as The Automatic Automatic in the U.S. and Canada after the band were faced with legal action from another act under the name of Automatic, although a large majority of fans in those countries commonly refer to the band by their actual name. The three remaining original members James Frost, Robin Hawkins, and Iwan Griffiths are from Wales; new addition Paul Mullen (originally of YOURCODENAMEIS:MILO) is from Sunderland.

The band originally formed in Cowbridge, Glamorgan, Wales but are currently based in a studio in Cardiff. Jarcrew, Muse, Blur and The Blood Brothers are among the band’s influences. The band released their debut album, Not Accepted Anywhere (2006) through B-Unique Records and Polydor Records, the album featured the prior to LP release single “Recover”, “Raoul” and “Monster”. The band as of 1 March 2008 finished their second album with new member Paul Mullen, after keyboardist/backing vocalist Alex Pennie left in September 2007, going on to form the rock band Decimals. The band’s sixth single Steve McQueen was released on 18 August 2008, followed by the release of the album, This Is a Fix, on 25 August 2008.

The members first met at primary school, in the early nineties, and formed a band at the age of 13. Alex Pennie was asked to join five years later.

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