The Need Machine
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The Need Machine

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The best kept secret in music


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Unreleased, completed, 10-song cd.


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History: The Need Machine came together in Seattle in mid-2005 thanks to a “musicians available” ad in The Stranger newspaper. Al (guitar) and Ken (bass) had been auditioning drummers and singers for their band, Headache, when they saw an ad in The Stranger for Lise, a female singer and keyboard player.
Lise’s deep vibrato was the vocal sound Al and Ken needed to complement their heavy guitar playing. They found the hard-hitting yet precise drummer they were looking for in Ken’s own house – Ken’s son Keylin. The Need Machine was born.
In late-2005, The Need Machine recorded a pre-production demo at the Seattle Drum School, tracking 10 original songs in seven hours of one day.
After listening to the raw tracks, Seattle Drum School owner Steve pronounced them as too good for pre-production. The Need Machine’s producers, Allen and Ryan, agreed, and the tracks became this compact disk. The Need Machine are now booking shows and working toward a cd release.

Live: The Need Machine have played a benefit concert for the Everett YMCA, the Old Triangle in Geenwood, and rocked a number of house parties. Headache, Al and Ken’s previous band, played several Seattle clubs, including the Crocodile Café, and Zak’s Saloon (now the Fun House).

The Need Machine Sound: Proto-punk (Stooges, New York Dolls), classic rock (Who, Led Zeppelin), punk (Clash, Sex Pistols), post-punk (U2), roots (Blasters).

Previously: Al’s most notable previous bands are the Refuzors and the Dead City Rebels. Al is playing on the Refuzors’ “Jim Jones” release (Bag of Hammers Records), and the Dead City Rebels’ self-released “Red Tape,” which has been featured on the “Audio Oasis” and “Shake the Shack” radio shows.