The Sound of Machines

The Sound of Machines

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“These are the songs you hear in your head, just before leaving the house in the middle of the night to do something evil...�

Biography

Pop sensibilities tempered by an experimental approach to composition and recording gives dark character to Creature in the Whiskey, the newest album from Washington, DC'S The Sound of Machines.

The Sound of Machines is the side project from Rich Bernett, bassist & singer of Arlington, Virginia favorites "Go Home Robot". Recorded in Bernett's house with help from Devin Ocampo (Faraquet, The Medications) and Kathryn Dagley (Go Home Robot) Creature in the Whiskey embraces minimalism without sacrificing the grooves or hooks that sets Go Home Robot apart from their post-punk peers.

Fans of Tom Waits and Fugazi will find plenty to love in the sinister stomp and swagger of the title track and "Like We Do". Those with an affinity for the ethereal pop of Broken Social Scene will find themselves drawn to the album's mellower moments, such as "Basics of Breathing" and "Dregs of the Garden". Creature in the Whiskey is a perfect antidote to by-the-numbers indie pop and self-indulgent noise rock. Other songs such as "Moveout" and "The Bells Go On" showcase Bernett's skills of taking equal parts Beck, Talking Heads, Will Oldham and 70's era Floyd, then working them into a multilayered guilty pleasure.

Creature in the Whiskey is best served with the lights turned low, highball in hand and rain pouring outside. As one listener commented, "These are the songs you hear in your head, just before leaving the house in the middle of the night to do something evil..."

Discography

Creature in the Whiskey: 2010
The Root Cycle: 2007