Secret Machines have announced a digital reissue of their acclaimed self-titled record, remastered by Simon Scott (Slowdive) and originally released on October 14, 2008 via TSM Recordings. Alongside the announcement, they have shared the record’s first single, a revamped version of “The Fire Is Waiting,” featuring Tony Visconti (Davd Bowie) on recorder. With this release, the track is available via all DSPs for the very first time.
Secret Machines helped define the sound of the era, alongside contemporaries Interpol, Spiritualized, and TV on the Radio. Laden with sprawling arrangements occasionally pushing the 9 minute mark, the sound of the band has always been grandiose. Alternately labeled as prog, Curtis and Garza have always been most comfortable with the term “space rock.” “Brandon’s songs and my drumming meld into the sonic landscape that is Secret Machines,” says Garza from his home in Los Angeles. “I think people will be able to hear that immediately.”
Secret Machines were born out of Dallas, with the first incarnation consisting of Brandon on vocals, bass and keys, Benjamin Curtis on guitar, and Garza on drums. After two well-received EPs, the band signed to Reprise and dropped their first full length, Now Here Is Nowhere, in 2004, which began their legacy as critical darlings. 2006 brought what many consider their masterpiece, Ten Silver Drops, which won them further critic love and the attention of David Bowie, who became a serious fan and mentor of sorts. In 2007, Benjamin left the band to work full time with School of Seven Bells, but Curtis and Garza charged ahead with their self-titled 2008 LP, with Phil Karnats on guitar. And then…there were crickets on the Secret Machines front, and as time marched on, with no official breakup announcement, fans were left wondering if they’d ever hear from the band again.
“Josh moved to LA, and I got hired to be Interpol’s keyboardist,” recalls Brandon, from his Vermont home. “I started touring, and Secret Machines just got further on the back-burner. Without ever really talking about it, we both just went our separate ways. It feels totally natural and organic that Josh and I are working together again.”
01. The Fire Is Waiting
02. Last Believer Drop Dead
03. Have I Run Out
04. Underneath The Concrete
05. Now You’re Gone
06. Atomic Heels
07. The Walls Are Starting To Crack
08. I Never Thought To Ask
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