STEVE LANE & THE AUTOCRATS introduced themselves with aplomb in 2011 with their debut album 'The Romance Of Communication' (ABC Music/Universal) which was listed for the Cooper's AMP as well as scoring the coveted album of the week on ABC DIG MUSIC.  Album instrumental ‘Rexarama’ was finalist in the Music OZ awards.

“Steve Lane & The Autocrats release and album that has all the tell-tale signs of an Australian band bound for longevity” wrote Isabella Tolhurst (FasterLouder)

THE AUTOCRATS were also featured on The Wiggles tribute album alongside the likes of Sarah Blasko, The Living End & Spiderbait.

Sophomore album ‘Birds Taking Flight’ was released in 2013. Album single ‘Thirteen’ shone brightly, receiving overwhelming praise & interest by media & punters alike.

Rolling Stone’s Darren Levin says that “Birds Taking Flight is a bunch of mates writing tightly honed songs with their blinkers on… Lane’s heart is in the right place when he pays tribute to Pakistani activist Malala Youssafzai on Thirteen’’. Thirteen has also been a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition’s ‘Unsigned Only’ for the last 2 years.

The bands hard work and persistence payed off in 2015, with an invitation to showcase at Canadian Music Week.

The original lineup included Augie March’s respected rhythm section (Edmondo Ammendola & David Williams) Dots gunslinger Jimmy Williams& Dalriada guitarist Pete Slater. In the current lineup, Steve & David joined by Steve's son (& Edmondo's understudy) bassist, Kai & current national flat-picking guitar champion Jacob McGuffie (Davidson Brothers/Those Fearless Vampire Slayers)

And here’s what publican Ben Quinn of the famed NSW musical mecca ‘The Junkyard’ had to say…

Victorian rockers Steve Lane & the Autocrats played their one & only gig here a couple of years ago (or maybe longer - it's all a bit hazy) & blew all the right minds. Quincy's old china plate Vid rates it one of the best gigs he's seen here. Quincy nods, licks his lips. One for fans of Wilco, Pavement, Elvis Costello & the Attractions & other stylists of hook-laden rock'n'roll.



“If more pop-rock was this unfussy yet smart (not to mention well read and funny), we would all have easier lives. Melburnian Steve Lane doesn't do anything new here; he just does it well. There are moments of '70s rock, twangin' instrumentals and open-hearted ballads that sit somewhere between the Go-Betweens and Tim Freedman. This is music for a Sunday afternoon at the pub with some snags and a few good mates.”

-  Bernard Zuel, The Sydney Morning Herald


“Steve Lane and The Autocrats release an album that has all the telltale signs of an Australian band bound for longevity..The Romance of Communication is refreshingly Australian and humble, with echoes of artists like Paul Kelly and Ben Lee.”

- Isabelle Tolhurst  fasterlouder.com.au


“There is a wealth of potential singles on Steve Lane And The Autocrats’ debut album... Honestly, the album is a genuine all-killer affair and anyone of the tracks could stand more than admirably on it’s own”

- Tony McMahon, Inpress.


“Its a pretty special thing to find new music that takes you back, but I’ve found it in Steve Lane And The Autocrats’ new single ‘Ghost Trains.’ it’s got that lovely Paul Kelly storytelling quality about it, with a splash of Weddings Parties Anything thrown in. It’s good honest Aussie pub rock, melodic but heartfelt.

Can you believe that something that sounds so seasoned come’s from a debut?”

  1. -Lauren Katulka. Sounds Of Oz.


“Steve Lane and his all-star band, The Autocrats, weave quintessentually Australian stories around layered melodies and slide guitar”

  1. -Morgan Johnston, rave Magazine

 

Steve Lane And The Autocrats present their distinctive, Australian blend of Americana, Blues, and Hook-laden Rock'n'Roll, reminiscent of bands such as Wilco, Elvis Costello and the Attractions and Australia's greatest songwriter Paul Kelly.