Theory of Machines describe their style as “dark cinematic rock for the inquiring mind” and withtheir dance influences clear to hear, they manage to blend dance grooves with some great riffs. Formed in 2011 and following headline appearances at The 100 Club, 93 Feet East and Upstairs at The Garage the recently released 4-track EP, cunningly entitled “EP1”, sets out their stall in terms that leave no misunderstanding (and also seems to reflect the influence of Public Image Limited in the choice of title for their first release).
At times sounding like a much more cerebral version of Tommy Lee’s “Methods of Mayhem” the London based three piece seem to be targeting the soundtrack market. In particular, the track Karoshi wouldn’t sound out of place behind scenes in some of the Matrix films – brooding menace but with a groove that hooks you from the start,.With the track “Against the Sky”, the groove takes something of a backseat, allowing the guitar of Danny Walley to feature strongly -some of the parts reminding me of early Satriani or Vai instrumentals.
Four tracks that stimulate your mind and create sonic imagery that need to be used by film and TV – the hypnotic loops and grooves would be perfect.
Review By David Wilson
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