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Autoclave (band)

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Years active  1990–1991
Associated acts  Helium, Slant 6
Active until  1991
Labels  Dischord
Albums  S/T, Autoclave
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Past members  Mary Timony Christina Billotte Nikki Chapman Melisa Berkoff
Origin  Washington, D.C., United States (1990)
Members  Mary Timony, Christina Billotte
Genres  Alternative rock, Indie rock
Similar  Slant 6, Helium, The Casual Dots, Quix*o*tic, High Back Chairs

Autoclave was an American alternative rock band, based in Washington, D.C. They were on local label Dischord Records. Formed in the summer of 1990, the group consisted of vocalist and bassist Christina Billotte, lead guitarist Mary Timony, guitarist Nikki Chapman, and drummer Melissa Berkoff.


The group broke up in May 1991, with Timony forming Helium and Billotte forming Slant 6. Timony later participated in several short-lived side-projects, and released solo albums on Lookout! and Matador, before forming Wild Flag in 2010 with ex-members of Sleater-Kinney.

Autoclave became known for their intelligent, off-kilter brand of rock, which featured the use of compound and changing meters, thus affiliating them to some extent with the math rock movement.


  • Autoclave (1997), Mira/Dischord (compiles all the songs from the EPs, plus two songs) – Re-released on CD in 2002
  • EPs
  • Go Far (1991), DisKord (Dischord/K)
  • Autoclave (1992), Mira/Dischord
  • Compilation appearances
  • The Machines: Simple Machines 7"s (1990–1993) (1994)
  • Songs

    I'll Take You DownS/T · 1997
    Hot SpurrS/T · 1997
    It's Not Real LifeS/T · 1997


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