AUTOPSY BOYS – Punk Rock Fused with 80's Synths

Guitars: Al Laird / Vocals + Synths: Lee Brunskjill
Bass: Gary Hargreaves / Drums: Billy James Mitchell

AUTOPSY BOYS are a UK punk band formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire in late 2011. They are best known for fusing hardcore punk with 80s synth pop. They have been labelled by various online and magazine reviewers as ‘disco for psychopaths’, a slogan they gladly accepted and adopted as their own.

Huge fans of eighties B-movie horror, the kind that are so bad they’re good. Lee Brunskjill and Gary Hargreaves began making music together after seeing TROMA Movie ‘Surf Nazi’s Must Die’. Researching the equipment used on the original sound track, the pair bought what they could within their budget and began making music. With the addition of Alan Laird on guitar and Billy James Mitchell on drums the band's sound began to evolve beyond its early post punk roots and soundtrack sensibilities, which were often compared to bands like Big Black, Bérurier Noir and Tromatism, and drift towards a more truculent punk rock sound, influenced by bands such as The Dwarves, Germs, TSOL, and Freeze whilst still using synthesizers to maintain the genuine eerie 80's horror-esque sound.
Within three months, they had a handful of songs and motivated by some encouraging words from the members of their favourite band The Dwarves, they quit their jobs, began growing weed using the profits to enrol on intensive music courses to gain entry into Leeds College Of Music.
The band were approached by a local record label but decided to self-release their debut single, wondering why they should hire a studio when they could build one instead. They dug a cellar under the living room of vocalist Lee’s house, kitted it out and set to work on their first 7’’ ‘Rich Kids Playground’.
The hugely positive reviews generated by their debut single and subsequent album ‘Def Elements’ meant Autopsy Boys soon gained an army of fans. Horror aficionados loved where the band were coming from lyrically and visually whilst others simply enjoyed their original sound and fresh approach to music.
To date, Autopsy Boys have released 3 singles, 2 full length albums and have shared the stage with bands such as The Dwarves, DOA, The Dickies and The Buzzcocks to name a few.


Rich Kids Playground / Negative 8 – 7" Vinyl (0605 Records)
" 'Rich Kids Playground’ is the first single from Autopsy Boys’ new album ‘Def Elements’. To fully grasp the concept of this just-over-2-minute-long blast of frenetic energy, I highly recommend multiple viewings of the blood-soaked mini-horror-movie that these lads from Leeds have crafted under the guise of a music video to enhance the overall experience. Musically, there is nothing NOT to love here. The verses and the bridge are strongly reminiscent of one of my all-time favorite bands, Into Another, and if that isn’t Lou Koller from Sick Of It All singing on the choruses… well, it isn’t, but it damn well could be! Throw a little thrash into the mix (Anthrax-ish riffing, Slayer-ish 8-second guitar solo) and top it off with clearly-displayed love both for filthy punk rock (the best kind) and horror movies (the video was inspired by ‘Scanners’)… well, the end result for me is a deeply satisfying slab of sing-along punk rock that will fit perfectly onto any (read: every) old-school mixtape that I’ll be making for the next dozen years or so. (Yes, I still make mixtapes. Some things are too important to let go of.)
– Impaler Speaks - Mass Movement /

"Infused with the gonzo, speed-punk etiquette of the Seattle hardcore scene of the ‘80s, Autopsy Boys merge Dwarves-esque energy with the Oi punk of acts like the Exploited to create a furious little bundle of noise. In two minutes and twelve seconds it gets straight to the point – and has enough of a hook to give you cravings for more."
– Lee Puddefoot - ArtRocker Magazine /

Def Elements CD Album (0605 Records)
"Will immediately appeal to any fans of early Offspring records drawing in perfectly the spirit of the formers ‘Smash’ era. But there's more on offer here, with their use of synthesizers and samplers pushing the boundaries of what their capable of. Its not quite reinventing the wheel but some times when you can produce a record as enjoyable as this why would you want to?"
– A Musical Priority /

"This album and its creators could well be accused of being stuck in the 80’s and they would be the first to agree. On Def Elements, the Autopsy Boys have managed to exhume the decomposed corpses of the best parts of the era and drag them, kicking and screaming to be heard into the present... Splice melodic vocals that could have been lifted from numerous celebrated Californian punk outfits and throw in some Scandinavian larynx splitting hardcore and your on your way to appreciating what Def Elements is all about... It is so utterly catchy that on first listening, it makes you want to pull your own face off."
– JAM Magazine /