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MP3 The Autono - Machines

Big guitar rock channeling Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns, Bob Mould, and GI Joe.

10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: 90''s Rock, ROCK: Surf Rock

The Autono formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1984 playing mostly covers from big bands of the day like The Long Ryders, Echo and the Bunnymen, REM, etc.. In 1985 the band recorded tracks that they intended to use as their first LP, but they never saw the light of day. The band carried on with a number of member changes until early 1989 when the group collapsed. Later that year original guitarist and vocalist Chuck Snow teamed up with original bassist Ivor young to restart the band. Kirk Moore was hired on drums, and the band began aggressively putting material together for a cd which was released in 1991 and was titled, "This Is The Autono" (Out of Print) . The cd was voted "Best Local Recording" by Denver''s arts and entertainment magazine, Westword. The cd sold out of it''s original pressing and remains somewhat of a collector''s item these days. In 1993 guitarist Mike Amend joined the band (See also Lazy Spacemen) and the band recorded it''s second release called "A Way From Here", a reference to the stifling, non-existent music scene in their hometown.
The cd received widespread airplay and the song "This Town" was featured on a national Billboard compilation of unsigned artists. The album featured a cover of Grant Hart''s "2541" (sorry Marshall Crenshaw, we did it first!) and Rain Parade''s "Blue" which boosted sales of the cd. in. The band played more local and regional shows and opened for INXS, but in late 1994 guitarist Mike Amend left the band. In May of 1995 the band accompanied composer Mark Junglen to Russia to perform two shows with the Volgograd Symphony Orchestra. Mark had written a rock opera commemorating the WWII experience of a town called Volgograd (known as Stalingrad in WWII) featuring a rock band and the symphony. After returning from Russia the band finished their third cd titled "Machines" (1996) which sold well, but lacked airplay. "Machines" featured a harder sound with more incisive lyrics and forays into surf and spanish music themes, It also features the track "And Another One" by composer Mark Junglen offering a scathing commentary of everyday suburban life. The band floundered playing local clubs until November of 1997 when they finally called it quits after eight years.

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