Portland's Autonomics released their debut full-length record Trust Your Instincts yesterday, via DRD Records. The power trio, comprised of Dan Pantenburg and brothers Vaughn & Evan Leikam, are originally from Bend, Oregon but relocated to Portland to pursue their music goals. Autonomics have released several EP's up to this point, but Trust Your Instincts certainly marks a milestone for the band.
In our recent Sound Excited podcast with Dan, we compared Autonomics to the Strokes. Like any comparison, there's utility as a starting suggestion. But Autonomics have infused their own touches into the post-garage rock world. On first listen to Trust Your Instincts, their raw, up-front, tight rhythm-fueled tunes are complemented by forays into punk, gospel vibes, pop-sensibilities and even doo-wop (see: "Gimme A Call"). To me, Trust Your Instincts demonstrates a well-oiled band who has been diligently at it for several years, including dozens upon dozens of live shows.
Regarding those live shows, Autonomics offer an incredible live set. Like many hard, loud & sharp live acts, there's always a difficulty translating that essence to tape. However, from this guy's ears, the producers, DRD Records and the Autonomics themselves have done a fantastic job balancing studio quality with the band's live integrity.