Contributed by Deadpan, Posted by Sony Music

The Automatic Automatic have announced the departure of keyboard player/vocalist Alex Pennie. He explained:

Alex Pennie, who's been in The Automatic since 2003, played his last gigs with the band at the recent Get Loaded In The Park festival (25th–26th August) and has left after due to finding the last year increasingly unenjoyable and growing apart from the rest of the band

The remaining members of the band will soon be flying to the USA to start recording the follow up to their debut album Not Accepted Anywhere.