Adding Machines

Adding Machines

 Provo, Utah, USA
BandFolkAlternative

Adding Machines is a folk rock/alt-country band based on the philosophy that music is a living thing. Rather than play the same songs the same way over and over, the group changes their repertoire and invites new guest musicians, making each performance a different experience for their audience.

Biography

"With the allure of alt-country growing every day, it's sometimes hard to see the point of another. That is unless that band realizes that simply getting a fiddler on the record doesn't mean good country. Adding Machines of Provo, UT is that kind of group that realizes good country - or good anything for that matter - comes from heavy doses of heart and soul.

Formed from the ashes of various local bands in the Utah scene, Adding Machines consists of Jake Haws, Melissa Dupree Haws, and Dan Smock. All talented multi-instrumentalists, the trio switches duties pretty regularly throughout their set, as well as inviting a revolving door of local musicians to back them up when needed. The result is a live performance like a friendly neighborhood hoedown and an EP, 2009'S “Sweet Dreams”, which is as intimate as it is resonating. From barn burners like “The Showdown” to twangy dirges like “Eye of the Storm”, Adding Machines prove their mettle with their thumping percussion, solid guitar work and creative instrumentation. Perhaps most importantly, however, are the combined vocal efforts of husband and wife duo Jake and Melissa Haws, which are at times piercing like a bullet, and at others as soothing as a bottle of whiskey and a handful of downers."

- John-Ross Boyce, Salt Lake Underground Magazine

Adding Machines has shared the stage with some of their favorite acts, including The Appleseed Cast (Militia Group), Menomena (Barsuk Records), 31 Knots (Polyvinyl Records), Half-Handed Cloud (Asthmatic Kitty – Sufjan Stevens), and countless others. They have played festivals (including the Sundance Film Festival and the Sego Arts Festival), local venue shows, numerous college events, as well as a handful of out of state shows in Washington, Idaho, and Arizona. Adding Machines' songs appear in the recent feature independent films, "Scout Camp" and "Hanging Five." The group also collectively owns and manages Muse Music Café: a music venue, restaurant, and recording studio located in Provo, Utah.

Influences include Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Wilco, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes, The Swell Season, Elliott Smith, My Morning Jacket, The Shins, Sufjan Stevens, Built to Spill, The Weakerthans, Drew Danburry, and so on.

The group is currently playing shows and working on a full length followup to their 2009 release, "Sweet Dreams".

Lyrics

Drifting Away

Written By: Jake Haws

I was born in a city on the coast,
and the view was pretty, I tried to make the most.
But as I grew up the people changed,
I'm drifting away.

On the road I drove , the miles seemed so long,
And the stops were brief, the map directions wrong,
When the car broke down I walked along the dark highway,
I’m drifting away

So where’s my hero to come and save the day,
I could use some help before I go insane,
And you’re telling me that it will be alright.

Well I saw my lover just the other day,
Said she’s going back east to finish her degree,
And she said so long as she got on the train,
She’s drifting away.

Eye of the Storm

Written By: Jake Haws

Everyone that you knew from back home,
Told you lies that you just can’t ignore,
It seems to me, that something went wrong,
And it’s so hard to read.

I think we need to talk about it,
I’ll never be the one to doubt it,
I think we need to talk about it.

Keep you calm in the eye of the storm,
Walk inside just to keep your head warm,
It’s not as it seems, but I can’t believe,
This could happen to me.

I think we need to talk about it,
I’ll never be the one to doubt it,
I think we need to talk about it,
I’ll never be the one to doubt it.

Further Away

Written By: Jake Haws

So where’s my trophy for crossing the end line,
The spectators left several hours ago,
So please don’t think that I’m tossing out punch lines,
Just to make you laugh so I can lighten the blow.

And you don’t really care,
coz you don’t know how I feel,
It’s just that every time something happens,
You’re further away.
But it’s not your fault,
So don’t you shed a tear,
Let’s pick up all the broken pieces,
And start it again.

My body’s tired, my soul is hungry,
And all I need is a good excuse,
So tell me the truth now,
You’re welcome to now,
Has all the back biting really made you tired.

And I tares me apart,
To have to lose you now,
It’s just that every time something happens,
You’re further away.
And I can’t decide,
If it is worth my time,
To pick up all the broken pieces,
And start it again.

And it’s only fair,
To let you know how I feel,
It’s just that every time something happens,
You’re further away.
And it’s the same old tune,
And I got nothing to prove,
Let’s put up all the broken pieces,
And start it again.

Discography

Panic Button (2006)
Technology EP (2008)
Sweet Dreams EP (2009)

Set List

Our typical set is 30-60 minutes of original songs (although we usually throw in a cover or two). We have enough material to play two hours if necessary.

Covers includes songs by the Beatles, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and other classics.