Head Automatica Return with “Bear the Cross,” Their First New Track in Nearly Two Decades

Photo: Jana Early

After ending a 15-year hiatus this past fall with a tour, Head Automatica are back again, this time with a new song in tow.

The Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw)-led quartet just dropped "Bear the Cross," their first new music in nearly two decades.

“To me, ‘Bear the Cross’ is both a logical and unexpected evolution of Head Automatica’s sound,” says Palumbo of the track. “The sounds and ideas are very familiar but age undeniably changes your personality, creative leanings and approach.

"There is an urgency and boldness in what you feel empowered to produce after a certain point. ‘Bear the Cross,” and our new material on the whole are a reflection of that while still constantly maintaining a body moving element.”

To my ears, I'm hearing hints of Ultra-era Depeche Mode, Garbage, and the kind of score you'd hear in a stylish thriller:

In addition to "Bear the Cross," Head Automatica are gearing up for a handful of live dates later this month, including the band's first NYC performance in 14 years.

Head Automatica debuted in 2004, releasing their first album, the dance floor-driven Decadence, later that year. Two years later, the group returned with their sophomore LP, a power pop-kissed collection called Popaganda.

The current lineup of Head Automatica finds Palumbo being joined by bassist Richard Flesh, drummer Chad Hasty, guitarirst Craig Bonich, and Eric Mitchell handling the electronics.

Head Automatica live dates:
May 25 Hatfield, UK Slam Dunk Festival
May 26 Leeds. UK Slam Dunk Festival
May 29 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
May 31 Patchougue, NY 89 North

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