Autobahn’s fabulous new offering ‘Beautiful Place To Die’ conjures up a dark atmosphere of glittering beautiful desolation. Singer Craig Johnson’s brooding, commanding, impassioned vocals allied to urgent guitars and pounding percussion reveal that beneath the bands visceral post punk swagger lie romantic, bruised poetic hearts. The Leeds based five-piece have a knack for producing portentous epic sounding music with slightly gothic undertones but minus any pantomime props and ensure that alongside the dark windswept blood and thunder they never come across as bombastic or melodramatic. ‘Beautiful Place to Die’ burns brightly as the darkness encroaches, and Autobahn demonstrate that “when you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.” Impending doom hasn’t sounded this vital and uplifting for many a year.
On this evidence, the bands forthcoming debut album should be something rather special.