Steve Lane and the Autocrats
If superbly-crafted pop-rock and great songwriting is your thing, then look no further than Steve Lane and The Autocrats…
Rapidly gathering a reputation as a live act not to be missed, you couldn’t ask for a band with a better music pedigree. It includes frontman Steve Lane (voicepopfoible), a prolific musician and music producer; the “Earl Of Bass” Edmondo Amendola (Augie March); “Gentlemanly Purveyor Of Beats” Dave Williams (Augie March, Dan Kelly); co-conspirator Jimmy Williams (Paul Kelly & The Dots, The Shedshakers) and “Rhythmic Axeman” Pete Slater (Dalriada).
Paul Kelly, Wilco and The Church inspire their music; chances are The Autocrats will inspire all who come their way…
Steve Lane and The Autocrats are seasoned musicians who deliver honest, heartfelt odes to everyday life, thoroughly wrapped in energetic indie pop-rock with a tinge of roots thrown in for good measure. Presenting their unique take on Australian life in the ‘noughties’, they are musicians who live to play, and love to play live.
Musician/producer/engineer, Steve Lane has spent the last couple of years playing Australia-wide with eclectic festival faves, voicepopfoible. He’s also been busy writing and recording in remote communities as far afield as Timor-Leste, Fiji and outback Australia. In 2008, Steve began a creative collaboration with Central Victorian author John Holton, to write songs that reflect the conflicted nature of everyday life, from memory and longing to the “Aha!” moments and lingering melancholy.
Keen to kick off his own band in 2009, Steve enlisted the services of some good muso friends and hey presto!, The Autocrats were born… The Autocrats feature Steve’s co-conspirator Jimmy Williams (Paul Kelly & The Dots, The Shedshakers) who gives his all playing soulful guitar and piano; Steve’s longtime buddy, “Rhythmic Axeman” Pete Slater (Dalriada); the distinctive “Earl of Bass” Edmondo Amendola (Augie March) and the refined, gentlemanly “Purveyor of Beats”, drummer Dave Williams (Augie March, Dan Kelly).
Along the way The Autocrats have been fortunate to utilise the sublime talents of Ben Gibbons on double bass, Darren Seltmann (The Avalanches) on drums and the gorgeous vocals of Melbourne singer-songwriter, Rachael Kane.