I've seen the automatic a few times. Never thought they were bad, but never thought they were all that good either. Even saw them in Japan (where everyone is good down to the amazing vibe of touring there and best sound systems in the world), still very average.
Heard that they picked up the chap from 'YCNIM' and thought, might have to give 'em another go at TGE this year. YCNIM have always been amazing live and on record.
Thought Automatic were amazing! Real different vibe, much more happening musically on the new tunes and a depth they never had before. Well worth a look!