Lake Street Dive’s Version of The Pointer Sisters’ Synth-Pop Classic Teases Upcoming 6-Track Covers EP FUN MACHINE: THE SEQUEL Out September 9

Watch the Visualizer For “Automatic” HERE

Today, Lake Street Dive shared their sultry version of The Pointer Sisters’ 80’s synth-pop classic, “Automatic”. It’s the second release from the band’s upcoming 6-track covers EP, Fun Machine: The Sequel, available digitally and on CD + cassette September 9th, 2022, via Fantasy Records.  Listen to “Automatic” HERE and watch the visualizer HERE.

The Pointer Sisters’ funky “Automatic,” (written by Brock Walsh and Mark Goldenberg) was a Top 5 Billboard smash in 1984, one of the most beloved and influential dance hits of the decade.

Lake Street Dive collectively described their enthusiasm for “Automatic”:

“This song has everything. It bridges the gap between outright disco and the synthesizer fantasias of the decade. This song is everything-80’s all swirled together in a funky morass of undeniable grooviness. It bops, it rocks, it claps, and it slaps. There’s no way to control – it’s totally automatic.

“Automatic” follows Lake Street Dive’s first offering from Fun Machine: The Sequel, a sublime take on Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick Of Time,” released last month.

For Lake Street Dive, vocalist Rachael Price; bassist/background vocalist, Bridget Kearney; drummer/background vocalist, Mike Calabrese and keyboardist/vocalist, Akie Bermiss, the prospect of covering some of their favorite songs in the studio isn’t merely an exercise in breathless adoration.  It’s an opportunity for artful re-invention, a way to acknowledge their inspirations while also advancing their own musical foundation¾all in hopes of inspiring a new generation of fans along the way.

On Fun Machine: The Sequel, they do just that – spinning these carefully chosen and beloved songs to new places in their own, entirely original way.

The band described the new EP:

“Imagine you walk into your favorite local dive bar and Lake Street Dive is on stage, doing our regular weekly gig for $5 a head. These are the songs we’d be covering there and how we’d be playing them. Some deep cuts, some sentimental favorites and some (hopefully) epic crowd pleasers.”

Produced by Robin MacMillan and recorded at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn and Lucy’s Meat Market in Los Angeles (with contributions from touring guitarist/background vocalist, James Cornelison), Fun Machine: The Sequel is the band’s second set of distinctive cover songs. While 2012’s Fun Machine paid homage to their classic R&B, neo-soul, and jazz roots, Fun Machine: The Sequel expands the aperture a little wider, featuring selections ranging from R&B and pop favorites like Dionne Warwick’s (Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned) classic “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” and The Pointer Sisters’ funky “Automatic,” to works by introspective singer-songwriters such as The Cranberries’ gorgeous “Linger,” Carole King’s classic “So Far Away,” Bonnie Raitt’s era-defining “Nick Of Time,” and even Shania Twain’s suddenly resurgent pop-country anthem, “You’re Still The One.”

Pre-Order Fun Machine: The Sequel HERE

Watch the EP’s movie style trailer HERE

Watch the live version of “Nick Of Time,” (recorded at a special Boston street corner) HERE.

Fun Machine: The Sequel will be available in additional configurations including vinyl (with bonus tracks) on December 9th, 2022. Find special offers and fan exclusives HERE.

Catch Lake Street Dive in concert throughout 2022, full itinerary below. Find tickets HERE.


EP Art

Fun Machine: The Sequel – Track List:

  1. “Automatic” (Brock Patrick Walsh / Mark Goldenberg) – The Pointer Sisters
  2. “Anyone Who Had A Heart” (Burt Bacharach / Hal David) – Dionne Warwick
  3. “You’re Still The One” – (Robert John Lange / Shania Twain) – Shania Twain
  4. “So Far Away” (Carole King) – Carole King
  5. “Nick Of Time” (Bonnie Raitt) – Bonnie Raitt
  6. “Linger” (Dolores Mary O’Riordan / Noel Anthony Hogan) – The Cranberries

Lake Street Dive On Tour:
AUG 12- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park -Grand Rapids, MI w/ Madison Cunningham SOLD OUT
AUG 13 – Salt Shed at Morton Salt – Chicago, IL with Madison Cunningham SOLD OUT
AUG 14- Chesterfield Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
AUG 16 – The Andrew J. Brady Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
AUG 17- Rose Music Center at The Heights – Huber Heights, OH with Madison Cunningham
AUG 19 -State Theatre – Portland, ME – LSD Presents Side Streets featuring Rachael & Vilray, Bridget Kearney, Benjamin Lazar Davis and Will Graefe, Michael Calabrese, Akie Bermiss, and James Cornelison
AUG 20- Thompson’s Point – Portland, ME with Madison Cunningham SOLD OUT
AUG 21- Thompson’s Point – Portland, ME with Madison Cunningham
SEP 9- The Anthem – Washington, DC with Allen Stone
SEP 10- Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY with Allen Stone SOLD OUT
SEP 11- Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY with Allen Stone
SEP 13- Virginia Credit Union LIVE! – Richmond, VA with The Dip
SEP 14- North Carolina Museum of Art – Raleigh, NC with The Dip
SEP 16- Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park – Wilmington, NC
SEP 17- Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
SEP 24- Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin, TN
SEP 27- Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX with Devon Gilfillian
SEP 28- Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – San Antonio, TX with Devon Gilfillian
SEP 30 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 1- Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA with Jack Johnson
OCT 2- Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA with Jack Johnson
OCT 4- Humphreys Concerts By The Bay – San Diego, CA with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 5- Humphreys Concerts By The Bay – San Diego, CA with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 7- Edgefield – Troutdale, OR with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 8 – Cuthbert Amphitheater – Eugene, OR
OCT 9 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 11 – Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, BC – with Devon Gilfillian
OCT 13 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA with Devon Gilfillian SOLD OUT
OCT 14 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA with The Altons

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