Athletic Automaton formed following the implosion of Providence Rhode Islands' Arab On Radar, Comprised solely of AOR guitarist Stephen Mattos and ex Pellum 1-2-3 drummer Patrick Crump, the duo sported '70s basketball jerseys, headbands and uncomfortably snug gym shorts - and came out playing a sci-fi take on Sabbath/Stooge sludge filtered through no-wave knee socks.
The band released two albums on Skin Graft Records “A Journey Through Roman's Empire” and a collaborative LP with Montreal's AIDS Wolf. This re-issue of their long out of print first album includes two never before released recordings and features Six Finger Satellite's J Ryan on vocals for three tracks. Today the heavy dissonance first laid down by Athletic Automaton lives on through Stephen Mattos' solo “band” Chrome Jackson, who's debut CD “Chrome Forest” is also available through Skin Graft Records.
o "Athletic Automaton's debut full-length is making my palms (and ears) sweat as we speak. Of the bands that have splintered out of the Providence, Rhode Island, implosion that was agro-fuck pukes Arab on Radar's demise, Athletic Automaton rules my world the most, rocking a sick dynamic that is all about sustain and twisting your mind and expectations past the breaking point. Their riffs and grooves are minimal, the lyrics occasional, and the tension they bend a most welcome constant." - Skyscraper Magazine
o "Everything is big here, and when I say big I mean humongous. Like otherworldly big. In a live setting, you'll go deaf or walk out with a headache the size of a planet." - Deaf Sparrow
o "Riffs repeat, the drums steady rumble, and the whole mess on AA's obstinately single-minded debut 5 Days in Africa is a Dodgeball-smirking wink at tectonic-plate-shifting Richter-scale madness." - City Paper
o "Like watching the capuchin monkeys of Saskatchewan beating a piñata with lengths of the province's indigenous bamboo. Imagine the glee with which they anticipate delicious banana taffy melting in their mouths. Imagine their screams of terror when the papier-mâché bursts and releases millions of giant, hissing cockroaches that devour them all. Who's the taffy now, monkeys?" - RFT Weekly
released March 18, 2000
Stephen Mattos: guitar, vocals
Patrick Crump: drums, vocals
J Ryan: vocals