The Machines

The Machines


Vintage Rock & Roll Sounds for The Modern Age!


*Debut album distributed in North America by Scratch Records & Distribution (#28 on Canadian College Radio Top 50 January 2007). UK/European release through Fading Ways UK in spring 2007.

“(After My Misspent Youth) is packed with 13 sharp and witty tunes very much in the style of the band’s primary Britpop influences…able to channel all the energy of the early Kinks or The Jam.” Jason Schneider, The Record

THE MACHINES are a rock and roll trio with a combined age of 82 and a total weight of 420 pounds, making them one massive senior citizen that you best not fool with, Jack. The three Machines all reside in different cities but they rehearse in Kitchener, Ontario (in Helix’s old rehearsal space!), which makes that their hometown.

Formed in early 2005, THE MACHINES were born from the demise of The Candidates, a band that counted Machines bassist/vocalist Neil McDonald and guitarist/vocalist Steve Parkinson as founding members. Together in The Candidates, Neil and Steve toured Canada many times and found themselves playing at festivals and clubs across the land with many a top rock and roll act of the day (including Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls, The Walkmen, Hot Hot Heat, The Sadies, Death From Above 1979 and Brian Jonestown Massacre).

After the Candidates divorce, Neil and Steve joined forces with one Rick Andrade, guitarist and singer for longtime Kitchener-Waterloo scenesters The Everyday Faces, who switched back to his first love, the drums, to round out THE MACHINES potent starting lineup.

THE MACHINES have been plenty active since performing their first show in February 2005, with an East Coast Canadian tour already under their belts in addition to numerous shows in Toronto, Ottawa and around Southern Ontario. The band has also performed in Vancouver as part of New Music West 2006 and had their song “What Have I Done” featured on a CBC Radio 3 podcast. The Machines also recently performed at the inaugural Go! Music Festival in Waterloo, ON and have been selected to showcase at this year’s International Pop Overthrow in Chicago, IL, taking place in April of 2007.

"After My Misspent Youth" entered the Canadian College Top 50 at #28 in January 2007, receiving airplay at numerous college stations around the country (including hitting #2 at CJAM in Windsor, ON and CHRW in London, ON).

In addition, THE MACHINES have also performed with such fine rock and roll bands as Sloan, The Marble Index, The Golden Dogs, The Ride Theory, Luke Doucet, The Diableros, Elliott Brood, The Yoko Casionos and Galore.


“A tight rock group from Kitchener, Ontario—one that has no problem dishing out catchy rock gems like the garage-y “What Have I Done”, which comes complete with sweet harmonies and an ample supply of hooks. The fun and summery “Time”…screams to be a rock radio single. Perhaps the truly great song of the baker’s dozen is “Three Chord Monty”, which seems to bounce along perfectly a la the Jam or the Kinks.” Jason MacNeil,

"A little mod and a little garage rock go a long way for this Kitchener-based band, featuring half of the defunct Candidates 7/10" Lorraine Carpenter, Montreal Mirror

"Heavy into that late-70s power-pop Kinks- Jam vibe...singers Neil McDonald and (Steve Parkinson) share an enjoyable, self-deprecating sense of humour about the plight of aging, financially-challenged rockers on songs like My Girlfriend Says and Snatching Defeat (From The Jaws Of Victory) NNN (out of 5)" Jason Keller, NOW Magazine, Toronto

“The tunes positively burst with youthful energy and big joyful choruses. This is not music that laments, it’s music that rocks and rolls, and Ray Davies probably wishes he’d written it…a supremely confident record.” Patrick Finch, Echo Weekly


After My Misspent Youth (2006) (Fading Ways Records/Scratch Distribution)

Set List

Typically 45 minutes, though we can do anywhere from 30-75 minute sets.