Head Automatica was started in 2004 when lead singer Daryl Palumbo began writing material that he felt wouldn't fit into Glassjaw's style of music. Daryl recruited drummer, Larry Gorman who played on Glassjaw's album, Worship and Tribute and was previously in the bands A Day For Honey, Nympho, Fountainhead, and Orange 9mm.
The band's debut album, Decadence, was released August 17, 2004. Charting on the Billboard Magazine top 200 albums and Top Heatseekers charts, the album was the brainchild of Palumbo, who was known better for his work in Hardcore punk music, and Dan 'The Automator' Nakamura, famous for his production work with groups including Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School. The two allegedly met at a party and worked on what later became the album. Palumbo then recruited the other current members as a touring group, and toured the United States, playing with bands like Interpol, The Rapture, Mogwai and The Used.
The band released their second album, entitled Popaganda, on June 6, 2006. Whilst the debut album was produced by Nakamura, this album was instead produced by Howard Benson, who is best known for his involvements with alternative rock acts such as P.O.D. and Cold. With the departure of Nakamura, the band took a more organic, classic power-pop approach citing Squeeze and Elvis Costello as influences.
The Pop Rocks EP was released April 6, 2006 and featured four tracks from the upcoming album: Graduation Day, God, Nowhere Fast, and Laughing At You.
In 2006, the band toured with Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed and Cambria, and joined Taking Back Sunday, Angels & Airwaves, and The Subways for a month of touring on June 22. The band also scheduled a headlining fall tour with Rock Kills Kid, but chose to cancel it after playing only a few dates. Instead, they supported 30 Seconds to Mars on the MTV2 $2 Bill Tour along with The Receiving End of Sirens, Cobra Starship, and Rock Kills Kid. In early 2007 Head Automatica played direct support on The West Coast Winter Tour with Jack's Mannequin, We Are The Fury, and theAudition.
Palumbo has stated in a recent interview in the January issue of Alternative Press magazine that the third Head Automatica album will be released in summer 2008, and pre-production started in late September.
- Daryl Palumbo- vocals
- Jessie Nelson- keyboards
- Jarvis Morgan Holden- bass guitar
- Craig Bonich- guitar
- Sammy Siegler- drums
- Larry Gorman- drums/backup vocals
- Jim Greer- keyboards
- Brandon Arnovick- guitar
- Jerry Roe- drums