All Hail the Return of Autolux!

Resurgent Autolux’s Triumphant Transit Shreds Sonic Envelope

AFTER SIX YEARS retooling its sublime noise and handling its tortured business, Los Angeles art-rock trio Autolux is releasing its highly anticipated Transit Transit in January. Now it just has to settle on who’s going to release the full-length, which is finished.

“We’re not signed right now, and all the labels we’re talking to don’t want to put it out in the fourth quarter,” explained titanium-enhanced drummer Carla Azar. Wired.com caught the band on the road to the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco, the first stop on Autolux’s national tour. “Decision on a label has been tough for us, because we’ve maintained ownership of our music, and we’ll be giving that up.”

Azar and her wall-of-sound compatriots — guitarist Greg Edwards and bassist Eugene Goreshter, who all share vocal duties, depending on the tune — considered going it alone and creating an independent online label to distribute its flawless 2004 debut Future Perfect and future work. But the time and tech just isn’t right yet.

“We considered it,” Azar said, “but that world is still being developed. We’re open to everything, but right now we don’t want to be a record label. It’s just too much work.”

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Listen Up! Best Music of the Millennium … So Far: Autolux

This Los Angeles-based power trio’s influences range from James Joyce and The Who to Jimi Hendrix and My Bloody Valentine, but its deafening machine music decodes like pure pop brilliance. And while it has only released one full-length this decade, Future Perfect remains a masterful demolition of the sonic envelope.

Which should be the point of musical art in the first place, Autolux drummer Carla Azar told Wired.com earlier this year. Influences are fine, she said, until you start hiding behind them.

“Music has become too referential,” Azar said. “Artists like Hendrix were trying to find new paths, but that era is going away. Artists today don’t really have their own identities, because they give too much of themselves away. I love being on the edge in my work. I love feeling like I’ve accomplished something.”

That list of accomplishments should extend into the next decade, starting with Autolux’s second full-length, Transit Transit, in 2010. But if it doesn’t, at least the band knows that — while it might have left only a single release behind in the ’00s — it was almost better than everything else produced that decade.

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