Daniel Machado

Daniel Machado

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Machado is part classical composer and part big band crooner – each part hopelessly in love with rock and roll.

Biography

Consumed by the ghosts of his ancestors, lost on a religious journey, playing in a rock and roll band:

Daniel Machado has spent every spare moment since 2001 relentlessly writing and releasing rock and roll records, specializing in thematic “rock operas” that deal with issues of heritage, religion, love, and finding stability in a postmodern world.

A multi-instrumentalist and classical violinist-turned-rocker, Machado composes and performs orchestral arrangements that juxtapose his music’s rock/pop foundations. The relationship between his clear, baritone vocals and his buzz-saw guitar work make for a similar contrast, revealing that at his core Machado is part classical composer and part big band crooner – each part hopelessly in love with rock and roll.

When not writing albums, he and his band can be found performing energetic rock shows up and down the east coast of the United States, with occasional stops in other far away lands.

Some stops include: New York NY, Chicago IL, Washington DC, Charlotte & Asheville NC, Atlanta, Athens & Savannah GA, Charleston & Greenville SC, and home base: Columbia, SC.

Lyrics

How I Lost Maria

Written By: Daniel Machado

I want it back, I want it back
The peace of my youthful daydreams
The beliefs I always thought I'd have
I want you back, I want you back
I want you to see me like you did
When we still believed it could last

Maria, I tried to make you into a god
I tried to make you into my savior
Then I wondered why I was never satisfied
And me, I’m a bit irrational
And I over think everything
Which is why I can’t just shut up and enjoy myself

That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria

I’ve been thinking about how I spent the last four years
Terrified of death
And how I’ve let that turn me into a cynical bastard
I lost focus on just how good I’ve got it
And I lived like I was already dead
See I’m a tad obsessive and easily distracted

That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria

Maria, my spotless porcelain baby
My toppled pedestal girl
I tried hard to preserve you only to soil you more
Was it me or you that turned you to a temple?
And made my touch a sin
I can’t pull myself from your spirit
I can’t pull myself from your skin

That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria
That’s how I lost Maria

Jessie, the Usher

Written By: Daniel Machado

Jessie says it’s worse than melancholia
‘Cause I mourn things
Before they’re gone
And I can’t get the future out my mind

Jessie holds me tight
Tells me that the universe is right

Mom and Dad are repainting the walls
I close my room’s door
I don’t live here anymore
But I don’t want to leave them here alone

Jessie holds me tight
Tells me that the universe is right

My family prays for me inside our car
But I haven’t believed
Since I was seventeen
The emptiness is killing me inside

Jessie holds me tight
Tells me that the universe is right

Jessie holds me tight
Tells me that the universe is right

There’s no getting back
There’s no getting back
I thought I knew love
I thought I knew faith
I thought I knew myself
But I was wrong
I was wrong
I was wrong

If I was wrong about life
Maybe I was wrong about death

I don’t know if it’s medicine or God
But nightmare dreams
Come less it seems
Tornadoes are quiet in my mind

Jessie holds me tight
Tells me that the universe is right

Mom and Dad are visiting my house
I’m all grown
My childhood’s gone
But I guess I’ll always be their child

Jessie holds me tight
Tells me that the universe is right

And I’ve spent all these years
Crying over happy memories
Crying over happy memories
I wanted more than anything
To get back the years
When I thought that I was happy
But you see
Anything that’s worth a damn
Anyone who loved me back
Has always been right here beside me
There’s no getting back
There’s no getting back
But I don’t think I want to
I don’t think I want to
There’s no getting back
There’s no getting back
But I don’t think I want to
I don’t think I want to

Jessie holds me tight
Tells me that the universe is right

Discography

Guitar Show - LP (2001)
Once Around the Sun - LP (2002)
The Beast - EP (2003)
The Ghosts of Our Childhood - LP (2004)
Art Garage Demos - EP (2005)
Themes in American Friction - LP (2008)

Set List

Themes in American Friction
How I Lost Maria
Goodbye, Little Miss Illusion
Six Years in Military School
Ghost Fingers
See You in My Dreams
The Worst Panic Attack Ever
Nightmare Dreamer
Cynical Son
Jessie, the Usher
Top Hat, Green Jacket & A Black Tie
High School is over in a Year
Growing up Octagonal
Station Wagon
Those Days Will Come

Opening sets typically feature 6 to 10 songs.
Headlining sets typically feature 10 to 20 songs.