Head Automatica’s debut album, Decadence, came onto the scene in the summer of 2004. It was the first tangible product of the somewhat unlikely partnership of Glassjaw’s Daryl Palumbo and Dan the Automator, also known as Dan Nakamura of Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School.
The result was an explosion of high-energy rock n’roll mixed with electronic elements that make the songs so fun to dance to. It’s hard not to get hyped while listening to Decadence, it’s just way too much fun.
“At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet” proves that point right from the start, with shredding guitar riffs, dynamic vocals, and a beat that gets the blood pumping, how could anyone not feel the urge jam along? But there’s more to this song than meets the eye. One look at the lyrics and the song’s political nature quickly comes to light. With images of violence, destruction, the possibility of enlightenment and the struggle to do so when one’s eyes and mouth have been “sewn shut.” Metaphorically speaking.
“Please Please Please (Young Hollywood)” is an awesome track with an extra layer of sex appeal. Seriously, this is the dirtiest track on the album, and it’s all the better for it. The grungy guitar and provocative lyrics set the mood, and the funky beat is sure to evoke some hip swaying and head nodding. This is a song about sex, and that point is pretty hard to miss.
If there’s one thing impressive about this album, it’s how well Head Automatica pulls off various styles. “Disco Hades II” Is funky and fun. Bass-driven with fun lyrics and a groovy vibe, there’s something soulful about this song. The vocals are melodic and fun, and the lyrics are just as light and lively. This song is definitely one to listen to when in need of a pick-me-up.
“I Shot William H. Macy” closes the album on a similar not that it started on, with a harder, rock n’roll style and intense vocals. This song is dripping with a chaotic vibe that compliments the anarchic tone of the lyrics so well. The vocals are harder than on “At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet,” and the violence described in the song is more intense, coming from in the heart rather than the head.
All in all this album is super fun and the varying styles really show the band’s talent. The songs are energetic and fun with meaning to boot. Decadence is an album that definitely belongs in any collection.