Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Secret Machines get Self Titled

Rather than pull the plug on The Secret Machines when his brother, co-founder/guitarist/vocalist Ben Curtis left the band last year to focus on other things, Brandon Curtis and drummer Josh Garza remained dedicated to completing work on their third full-length album, simply titled Secret Machines. They hooked up with longtime friend Phil Karnats, who played with Ben in Tripping Daisy, and his fantastic skills on guitar are a perfect fit for the Machines' huge sound.

The trio made their Austin debut at Stubb's indoor earlier this month, and put any doubts about their new incarnation to bed. The showed rocked from top to bottom, with the old songs sounding as good as ever with Karnats on guitar, and the new material leaving the crowd anxious to hear more. You might say that the Secret Machines have "gone indie" on their third album, choosing to self-release it in collaboration with the World's Fair Label Group.

They have just released an exclusive non-album track via RCRD LBL called “Dreaming of Dreaming”, an eight minute heavy-hitter that provides an early taste of things to come. The self-titled is said to be an atmospheric journey that covers influences including Pink Floyd, Beatles, Zeppelin, Krautrock, and you can all about it at myspace. Secret Machines, the album, drops on October 14. Hear the new non-album track below, along with a New Order remix they crafted once upon a time.