The Secret Machines to Become Less of a Secret
By Randy J. Klodz
Heralded by some critics as an “indie-rock version of Pink Floyd,”
the Secret Machines will attempt to no longer remain a secret to the general
public with the band’s first-ever tour of the nation. The Secret Machines
will be making a two-day Chicago appearance at Abbey Pub on April 2 and April
3 in support of indie-rock act Blonde Redhead.
The Secret Machines--which includes singer/guitarist Ben Curtis, drummer Josh
Garza and bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Brandon Curtis--is prepared to unleash
the upcoming full-length retail release “Now Here is Nowhere” on
On the upcoming “Now Here is Nowhere,” the Dallas-bred trio fits
nine tracks into the mix, for a total running time of over 50 minutes--an average
of about five and one-half minutes for each song. The long 1970s-style instrumentals
on such tracks as the 9-minute opener “First Wave Intact” and the
nearly 9-minute title track that closes the album, help shape the Pink Floyd
comparisons. Perhaps it is also the low-key and often dreamy vibe of “Pharaoh’s
Daughter” that nearly mimics Pink Floyd’s “Breathe.”
“Nowhere Again” has a bouncy feel to it, reminiscent of two of the
popular New York City rockers Interpol and Stellastar* with its feel-good guitar
and head-nodding drums.
Though “Now Here is Nowhere” won’t be available for sale in
stores until May 18, it can now be purchased for legal digital download. Information
on this purchase can be found at www.thesecretmachines.com/digitalalbum.
Abbey Pub is at 3420 W. Grace St. Tickets for each of these 18+ show are listed
for $15 each in advance for each show, or $18 each the day of show for each
show. Start time is scheduled for 10 p.m. For more information on the Secret
Machines log on to www.thesecretmachines.com.
|The Secret Machines
||Photo: Justin Boruki