Lake Street Dive unveiled their take on The Pointer Sisters classic “Automatic.” The song is one of six covers the quintet reimagined for their Fun Machine: The Sequel EP, which arrives through Fantasy Records on September 9.
Fun Machine: The Sequel is the group’s second collection of covers following the original Fun Machine in 2012. Lake Street Dive — vocalist Rachael Price, bassist Bridget Kearney, drummer Mike Calabrese and keyboardist Akie Bermiss — recorded The Sequel with producer Robin MacMillan at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 Recording and Lucy’s Meat Market in Los Angeles. Touring guitarist James Cornelison contributed to the EP.
The Boston-birthed ensemble previously previewed Fun Machine: The Sequel with their enchanting rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick Of Time.” Additional covers featured on the EP include Carole King’s “So Far Away,” Dionne Warwick’s “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One” and “Linger” by The Cranberries.
“Automatic” was co-written by Brock Patrick Walsh and Mark Goldenberg. Vocal group The Pointer Sisters recorded the original version for their 1983 studio album, Break Out, with “Automatic” peaking at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lake Street Dive debuted their cover live in June and “Automatic” has been played by the band a handful of times since.
“This song is everything-eighties all swirled together in a funky morass of undeniable grooviness. It bops, it rocks, it claps, and it slaps,” wrote Lake Street Dive regarding the new cover. “There’s no way to control – it’s totally automatic.”
Stream Lake Street Dive’s “Automatic” cover below: