If you trudge through the apartment shared by the four members of Chelsea Automatic, you’ll come across guitars and amps, side-by-side the typical junk littering most rentals on Ohio State’s campus. Beer cans and cheap red wine bottles poke out from behind couches, becoming more and more prevalent as you approach the basement/practice space/house party/concert venue. This is where the magic happens, this is where the riffs and lyrics are put together with a Guns N’ Roses-like attitude of a hard-rocking 80s party band in the only way they know how.
“We really just start out with a cool riff or part we’ve come up with,” drummer Jim Possible says. “Then we just write about whatever’s going on. It comes pretty easy for us, really.”
Possible, vocalist J Finna, guitarist Alex Scott Gordon and bassist Eric Hangover have been playing music together since they listened to their first punk records and were still waiting to get their driver’s licenses. They shared the stage together and in different bands throughout Columbus until college got in the way forcing some members to Boston. In this short time, members got a taste of life outside their familiar band life.
“We found out how absolutely excruciating it was for us to play with other people,” Finna says. “When we got back together, everything just came so easy for us.”
After moving back to Columbus and recording with Jon Chin, making a zombie-filled music video and using some of their connections with Boston friends to play up and down the East Coast, Chelsea Automatic has created a buzz around town. So much so that they have a spot at the music festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
“It’s going to be crazy going down to Austin,” Finna says. “I’m pretty sure that drinks are free for the artists, so that’s just an added bonus.”
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