Music: Autolux

Two albums in 12 years is hardly the standard in the music business, but Autolux has defied description from the outset. The trio assembled in 1998, a year after Ednaswap drummer Carla Azar and Failure bassist Greg Edwards had met on a package tour, bec

Two albums in 12 years is hardly the standard in the music business, but Autolux has defied description from the outset.

The trio assembled in 1998, a year after Ednaswap drummer Carla Azar and Failure bassist Greg Edwards had met on a package tour, became friends and got together after their bands dissolved. Azar brought ex-Maids of Gravity guitarist Eugene Goreshter into the fold, completing the threesome, but not before making an interesting adjustment — Edwards switched to guitar and Goreshter took the bass role, positions that neither had occupied to any significant degree.

From this slightly off-balance beginning, anchored by Azar’s viscerally powerful but incredibly delicate drumming, Autolux began fashioning its sound, a blend of Shoegaze drone, ambient subtlety and left-of-center Pop, a fascinating triangulation of My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead and Brian Eno. The band’s L.A. shows attracted a strong following and in 2002 they signed to T Bone Burnett’s DMZ/Sony label after recording Demonstrations, its popular five-song demo. As the band readied itself for recording, Azar fell off a stage and shattered her elbow, requiring revolutionary surgery and a year of downtime. When she was finally rehabbed, Autolux hit Burnett’s studio with a vengeance and came out with Future Perfect, the trio’s exquisitely textural and widely acclaimed 2004 debut album.

Autolux plays The Southgate House Saturday.  Read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice here.

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