When a band releases a debut album of such emotion and consistency on every track, you can be assured that you have something special on your hands, as is the case with Machineri.
Formed in 2008 by lead singer Sannie Fox and guitarist Andre Geldenhuys, the band has been slowly biding their time to become one of the top new acts of the last year. It has grown to include drummer Daniel Huxham. Initially the band struggled to find a drummer that perfectly suited their style. In an interview with Just Music Fox said that they went through six drummers before they found Daniel.
The band draws inspiration from various artists, including the legendary Led Zeppelin, blues-rock powerhouse duo The Black Keys and the Malian master Ali Farka Tourè.
Fox’s voice is smoky yet undeniably smooth and serves as the base on which a blues rock band like this builds a repertoire of note. Though her voice is the standout feature of the group, it’s greatly complemented by Geldenhuys’ incredible guitar riffs, slightly reminiscent of Jack White, and Huxham’s drum beats that serve as the backdrop to something truly astounding.
The band has been relentlessly building themselves up over the past three years. They have played more than 100 shows in an attempt to get their own ‘brand’ out in to the public domain.
Even though the band is enjoying rave reviews in numerous magazines and publications including, Rolling Stone SA, they haven’t let the success go to their heads. They handle all their own bookings and put up all their own posters. A humble band destined for success.
This band then is the epitome of cool. Self assured, but not arrogant, laid back and extraordinarily gifted.
If you haven’t seen them live, you are doing yourself a great injustice. Catch them at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town on Sunday 19th February, alongside Taxi Violence.
(This post is by our intern Kristian Meijer)
(Image from Machineri’s MySpace page)