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Autopilot Off is a punk rock band from Orange County, New York comprised of Chris Hughes (guitar), Chris Johnson (guitar/vocals), Phil Robinson (drums) and Rob Kucharek (bass).
Autopilot Off formed in 1996 under the name Cooter. They slowly gained in popularity by doing live shows throughout the 90's while sharing the stage with more popular bands such as MxPx, H2O and Sum 41. They eventually recorded their first full length album, Looking Up. In 2000 the band was involved in a bitter lawsuit with the Mississippi punk metal band The Cooters, who own the trademark to the name Cooter. The New York band settled out of court in 2002, and changed their name to Autopilot Off. However, Autopilot Off's record label Fastmusic, took the lawsuit all the way to Federal Court and lost to the Mississippi band. Autopilot Off then signed with their major label, Island Records shortly afterwards. After this they released their eponymous debut EP in the spring of 2002.
In 2004, under their new name Autopilot Off, they released their major debut album, Make a Sound. This included the single "What I Want", which was co-written by Rancid's Tim Armstrong.
On August 26, 2005, the band decided to go on an indefinite hiatus and released the following statement on their official website:
"We've decided to take an indefinite break from Autopilot Off. It has been nearly 10 years since the band started, and it has been full speed ahead for the majority of that time. We have all decided to take some time for our lives outside of the band. We are all still the best of friends. In addition to this we decided a few months back to leave our home of 4 years at Island Records. We apologize for leaving you all hanging for so long. Thank you so much for all the support and friendships that you all have given to us over the years. We could never have done it without you."
Since then, Chris Hughes has gone on to form the record label Broken English with John Naclerio.
Bassist Rob Kucharek has gone on to open American Icon Screen Printing which is a apparel screen printing company that serves many bands and the majority of the BMX industry on the East Coast.