Little Machines

Little Machines

 Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Little Machines makes music with meoldy and substance, made by real musicians. Music Connection magazine raved about a sound "chock full of diversity and drive in a time when originality is rare". We take pride in sweet vocal harmonies, killer riffs, enjoying life and sending a positive message.


One day, about 4 years ago, Ben Gilmore, a guitar player in a local band, was talking with his ex-girlfriend. She was a Neurologist who studied the human brain. She said, "You know people are just like little machines." Ben's eyes lit up-what a name for a band! The name for Little Machines was born.

The music of Little Machines was born about 15 years ago, when Ben and David Graveline met at an Eagles show and discovered a mutual love of , James Brown, Metallica, Radiohead, The and everything in between. They have played together in different incarnations and several bands, everywhere from 5K runs at the boardwalk to the club scene. They headlined in 1997 at The Coconut Teaser as The Press, and thrilled everyone with funky rock and a surprise country encore. All their efforts have culminated in Little Machines.

Little Machines is about people-their emotions, their struggles, their fears and joy. It is about the idea of music as a way to reconnect with our humanity, when often the daily grind and our own fear make us feel like Little Machines. We are dedicated to making music with melody and message. We love heavy riffs and vocal harmonies. We want people to gain something from our songs-clarity, insight, understanding, and moving to the groove of our souls.

Our influences include The White Stripes, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Muse, Radiohead, The , Zeppelin and The Doors.

We continue to play the Santa Monica/ West Side of L.A. and have songs, videos and a blog on us there anytime to play a gig!


Little Machines EP-- March 2008
Tracks- Little Machines, 2 Brothers, L.A. Man,

No streaming or radio airplay yet on these songs, but still working at it!

Set List

Little Machines' set list consists of a mixture of originals and covers. A typical set runs between 30 and 60 min, with about 70% up-tempo rockers and 30% poignant ballads. Fan favorites are L.A. Man, 2 Brothers, (cover) and Bloodletting (cover).
When we do covers, we go for relatively obscure covers and change them so that it's unmistakenly our style...otherwise why do them, right? WCH is a multi-layered totally original arrangement while Bloodletting is treated with a dose of the Doors with sometimes haunting, sometimes blistering electric slide guitar.
Here's a typical 40 min set:
2 Brothers (original)
Soundbyte (original)
L.A. Man (original)
SUV Driver (original)
Clark Kent (original)
Bloodletting (cover)
Smog Alert (original)
One Life (original)
Working Class Hero (cover)
Little Machines (original)