Tammany Hall Machine began in 2003 as a recording project in a dusty garage in Buda, Texas, and has since grown into one of the most exciting live bands currently inhabiting the Austin music scene. Combining the “sixties pop of the Kinks with the art rock of David Bowie to create a refreshing pop sound with rock grit” (Austin Music Magazine), the band has gained a loyal following and earned a stellar reputation for both its originality and its raucous live shows.
The band released its self-titled debut album in December 2004, and the record received rave reviews from a variety of local and national publications. In 2006, Tammany Hall Machine was recognized by readers of the Austin Chronicle as one of the best new bands in Austin, and in April of that year, they toured the Midwest, playing a series of highly-successful shows, including an appearance at the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
In the 2007 Austin Music Awards, Tammany Hall Machine was voted the 10th Best Rock Band and 9th Best Indie Band in Austin, and that same month, the band played a well-received showcase at the SXSW Music Festival.
Tammany Hall Machine's second album, Amateur Saw, was recorded by ex-Halley drummer Scott Oliphant and was mixed by Erik Wofford. The album was released on January 26, 2007.
TAMMANY HALL MACHINE, released December 16, 2004
AMATEUR SAW, released January 26, 2007
Tammany Hall Machine is an original band, playing almost all original material. However, the band does play a cover or two at each show. They have covered The Beatles, John Lennon, The Kinks, Frank Black, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Eels, Spiritualized, and more.
Sets usually last from 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes. The band typically plays just one set a night, but can play more when necessary.