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Chicago, United States (2001 – present)

The Autumn Defense began as a side project for John Stirratt, who is best known for his work as bassist for alt-country bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. Stirratt collaborated with Pat Sansone, who had been known for his work with Joseph Arthur and Josh Rouse, to produce a 1960s-style rock/pop album. This album, The Green Hour, was released in 2001 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 a follow-up. This album, Circles, was released to critical acclaim in 2003 on the Arena Rock Recording Co. label. The band received press in the Chicago Tribune and the magazine No Depression following its release, and the band had a successful club tour behind it.

Broadmoor Records released the band’s new self-titled record on January 16, 2007.


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  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów The Autumn Defense

    2 Feb 9:20am Reply
  • kugayama

    Fifth is really good. Their second best imho.

    28 Jan 12:57pm Reply
  • RatBatSpider

    Check out The Autumn Defense playing a green room session at Amoeba in Hollywood. Its a great performance!

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • vinylevel

    Once Around - the warmest record of 2010 <3

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Tron1276

    Should be a great show Saturday with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion!

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Millaberty

    отличные ребята!

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • JayLaGUE

    Just discovered this band through a friend, and glad I did. The album Circles is a masterpiece. It has inspired me to write better. Great stuff!!

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • dontmakemeatrgt

    This is some beautiful stuff. Very calming, perfect for spring time weather.

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • piipco

    these records are wacky good.

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • standenup

    wallflower its the first song on the cd so thats probably is a pretty good song though

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • scott_sea

    The Autumn Defense album is really beautiful- I couldn't agree more.

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • skapunk_axel

    Same as radtron said, the selftitled album really is beautiful!

    10 May 2008 Reply
  • radtron

    wow the self titled album is really beautiful.

    1 Jan 2008 Reply
  • dai77

    What about wellspring being used in a commercial? I kinda like it.

    2 Sep 2007 Reply
  • wallflower77

    How is Canyon Arrow that far above everything else in the Top Tracks?

    23 Jul 2007 Reply
  • pretensciousboy

    Wilco sounds like crap compared to these my opinion of course. And I fairly like Wilco...and I'm basing my first sentence on Wilco's new album. So Wilco's new album sounds like crap compared to these guys. Although I do think I like these guys better than Wilco anyway

    18 Jul 2007 Reply
  • SpammySammy

    Join the Iced Caramel Macchiato group for coffee shop music like this, of Montreal, Rogue Wave, etc

    30 Jun 2007 Reply
  • bryankish

    I just have The Green Hour, but I think it's a neat album. It kind of reminds me of Summerteeth. I definately think The Autumn Defense deserve more attention, especially from Wilco fans.

    7 Dec 2006 Reply
  • tiredsymphony

    Wow, I can't believe I haven't heard these guys before right now. Not bad at all! This somehow reaffirms my love of all things Wilco.

    18 Nov 2006 Reply
  • Sepia_Verve

    Wilco fans are stupid for ignoring this group. Holy crap. Must.. hype!!

    28 Sep 2006 Reply
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