Autumn Electric is a progressive rock band from Seattle, WA, formed by Michael Trew (Vocals/Flute/Guitar), and Naomi Smith (Keyboards/Vocals) in 2008. After some lineup changes and three albums, they broke into the progressive rock scene with 2014's "Flowers For Ambrosia" featuring the additional lineup of Max Steiner (Lead Guitar) Chris Barrios (Drums) and Johnny Unicorn (Bass/Vocals/Saxophone).
The 2015 follow up resulted in the album, "Star Being Earth Child". Inspired by a trip through the petroglyphs of New Mexico on their 2014 tour, the band began collaborating on new songs that would become a full, album-length rock opera. Lovingly coined "Art Rock about Rock Art ", the album explores the mythology of Star Beings, the plight of Earth's environment, and spiritual awakening. Inspiration also led to the inclusion of Tom Paxton's "Whose Garden Was This?" a song penned for the first Earth Day in 1970. Most of the album was recorded in Seattle, while Steiner's guitar arrangements were added remotely from his new home in Germany.
Autumn Electric toured the show throughout the continental US this spring, making use of specialized lights, projections and costume with the aid of Neil Willson (effects) and touring guitarist Josh Williams. The show was filmed in Seattle on May 3rd and can be seen by searching Autumn Electric Star Being Earth Child on youtube.
Star Being Earth Child (5th Studio Album) Including Max Steiner on all Lead Guitar. His parts recorded remotely from Germany.
Star Being Earth Child in Concert ( Concert Film on Youtube)
National Tour Feb-May (Including tour guitarist Josh Williams), Houston SXSW Overflow Fest, BeaJam Festival,
Amarillo SXSWhat? Fest.
Plastic Jet Airline (in-studio, filmed show)
Kickstarter Campaign: funding recording, mastering, pressing, T shirts, stage show equipment, tour press
Featured in UK Classic Rock Magazine, Fireworks Magazine
Flowers For Ambrosia (4th Studio Album)
Appearance at SeaProg Festival for headliners Miriodor (Canada), Corima (Los Angeles, CA), Mercury Tree (Portland)
Max Steiner moves to Germany after recording on Flowers For Ambrosia and Live Feed Tour.
Opened for Moraine (MoonJune Records) CD release show for Groundswell
National Tour "Live Feed Tour" Feb-April including Austin TX during SXSW, Houston Overflow Fest.
"Riding the Rogo" featured in 60,000 Fall Seasonal Packs of Ninkasi Beer
"Hermit of North Pond" performance featured on Seattle KING5 news
"Orange Stars" performance captured during NW Folklife Festival Performance at The Vera Project
West Coast Tour "The Healing Tour"
Dan Desrosiers replaced by Chris Barrios on Drums
Johnny Unicorn joins as Bassist
Max Steiner moves from Bass to Lead Guitar replacing multi-instrumentalist Barton Macguire
Make Me a Tree (3rd Studio Album)
West Coast Tour "Make Me a Tour" with tour-mates Plack, Smith, and Unicorn. Album and tour feature Johnny
Unicorn on Bass.
Max Steiner joins as Bassist
Title track featured on Seattle Metro Credit Union's summer sampler featuring Ravenna Woods, Moondoggies and
Fox and the Law
Singer Michael Trew solo tour, opening for EU artist Marius (FI) during west coast tour
Michael Trew National Solo Tour " Travelling Joy School"
Headlined concert at Neumo's in Seattle with James Apollo and Abraham
If You're Home (2nd Studio Album)
West Coast Tour "Tourdeo Tour" filming of band mock-rockumentary
Barton Macguire joins band as multi-instrumentalist
Kevin Gibbons (Bass) departs
We Breathe the Same Air (EP)
Dan Desrosiers joins as drummer
Jessica Eballar (Banjo/Vocals) departs
Gene Hardy replaced by Kevin Gibbons (Bass)
National Tour featuring trio of Trew, Smith and Desrosiers
Very Soon the Light (debut studio album)
Band Formed featuring Michael Trew (lead voc, guitar, flute), Naomi Smith (keys, voc), Jessica Eballar (banjo, voc)
and Gene Hardy (bass)
West Coast Tour featuring Trew, Hardy, Smith and featuring Micah Ellison (Melodica) co-tour with Secret Plan
ProgSphere Oct 2015
Progger - Moshville Times - United Kingdom
- Let it Rock - Ontario, Canada
(the) Autumn Electric