Since then the band has busied itself with creating infective melody lines and harmony arrangements reminiscent of the British invasion overlaying a bucolic American roots rock. Encompassing social commentary, story-telling, emotional revelation, and a touch of wry, Sand Machine purports to be both the forest and the trees. Besides playing consistently in Boston and other parts of New England, they also play NYC, Pittsburgh, Nashville and beyond. Sand Machine released a new full-length CD, titled Porch & Space, on May 20th, 2006 at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA. See www.sandmachine.com for more info.
Early reviews for Porch and Space:
"This is music with a brain, music with heart - most of all music that will draw you in and hold your attention in a myriad of ways, and that will leave you glad you took the time to listen. Combining the quirky vocal style of the Violent Femmes with the even more quirky lyrical sensibility of They Might Be Giants, along with a musical mÃ©lange of Neil Young, The Band and mid-70s Kinks, Sand Machine are something fresh and interesting in a world filled with imitators and duplicatorsâ€¦ There are moments of uplifting joy, as well as fear and self-doubt. There are songs thatâ€™ll make you want to get up and bop like a dirty Grateful Dead fan, and songs that will make you pour yourself another shot of Jack Daniels into that glass you havenâ€™t washed in yearsâ€¦"
"The impressive thing is that Sand Machine put their personal stamp on each songâ€¦ That these guys can play as well as they do and still stay out of each otherâ€™s way is another feat... Lyrical strengths abound. I think what I like best about Sand Machine is theyâ€™re different enough to remain interesting without going too far into left field...Every track is an accomplishment in song craft as music, lyrics, and vocal approach provid[ing] a tapestry of oddball humor and damn good roots rockâ€¦"
Skope Magazine Online
"This is the band that everyone wishes they had. It takes real talent to groove SLOW, relaxed, and the Sand Machine has that down to a science. With an early Neil Young/Crazy Horse mood, great vocal harmonies that remind one of Stones at times, and that countryish folk bluesy rock thing going, these guys are right ON. I donâ€™t really smoke the wacky tobacco anymore, got paranoid too much, but this type of music makes me want to start again! Thereâ€™s a positive sign. You just get the feeling (Iâ€™m speaking of the overall sound of the whole album) that things will be alright as you ride the lazy, swinging chord progressions that Sand Machine has put together for your audio pleasureâ€”tasteful arrangements that would sound great pumping out of your stereo on Friday after a hard work week (if youâ€™re a nine to five person, which Iâ€™m not). I hear a lot of music and try to keep an open mind about all styles, and bands like this just reaffirm my thought that there are some cool people out there doing really cool stuff."
"With a powerful arsenal of songs, a respectable history, and a new CD out, Sand Machine seems poised to take on the industryâ€¦ This pop-meets-melancholy sound might be too scattered a range for a less experienced group, but Sand Machine tackles their breath of expression with passion and skill."
Check out the artist's website:
1. ATM Song
2. Running of the Tree Frogs Week
3. Stick Around Some More
4. W. Z. Mandias
6. The Chosen Side
7. The Woes of Edgar James
8. Blue Glass in the Sky
9. Not Sure I Can
10. Mystery Track #4