Ernie and the Automatics are a blues rock band based in Boston. Guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Sib Hashian are both former members of Boston.
Brian Maes (keyboards and lead vocals) and Tim Archibald (bass) are both former members of RTZ and are alumni of the Berklee College of Music. On saxophone is Michael "Tunes" Antunes, a member of John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band who appeared in the movie Eddie and the Cruisers. Ernie Boch, Jr. (guitar) is a graduate of Berklee.
Ernie and the Automatics' debut album, "Low Expectations", produced by Brian Maes (mixed by Bob St. John and mastered by Bob Ludwig), was released by Open E Records in February 2009. The album debuted at #7 on Billboard's Blues Albums chart and stayed for 6 weeks.
In August 2009, the band appeared on 'On Stage with Mantis' in support of 'Low Expectations'.