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Modern Machines

Modern Machines: Thwap!Thwap! (2003)
New Disorder

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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The midwest has always been a fertile breeding ground for highly talented but highly under-appreciated bands. Whether it's due to those great expanses between populated areas or if there's just something about the people and their music the rest of the country just doesn't get. Many of those who do .
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The midwest has always been a fertile breeding ground for highly talented but highly under-appreciated bands. Whether it's due to those great expanses between populated areas or if there's just something about the people and their music the rest of the country just doesn't get. Many of those who do break through to larger stardom like The Replacements or Husker Du have a certain tragedy about them that halts them just before reaching their full potential and a wider audience. Not to say every band from the midwest never get's their due but it sure seems to be their lot for the most part...especially the more credible ones. I'm hoping the Modern Machines see a bit more attention than what they've recieved so far. Because they're definitly deserving.

The Modern Machines harken back in many ways to the midwest of the late 70's and early 80's. That golden time in Midwest music that spawned many of the bands we consider classics today. The main influences you'll hear are early Twin Tone era Replacements and early Husker Du. But you'll also pick up hints of the Suicide Commandos and the Zero Boys. Thwap! if it had been recorded and released at the time would certainly be considered an essential today. I know those are strong words but this is one of the best releases of the year to date and to me certainly an instant classic.

Live these guys are a maniacal rock'n'roll trainwreck. Pumping out more honest true energy and heart than 90% of the bands I've seen live this year. No fake posturing or pretentious bullshit which is really refreshing. These guys live their music because it is their life...not because it's fashionable or necessarily commercially viable. It's honest, real and well worth your time. This record is available now from New Disorder Records.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

!REPLACEMENTS Rip offs !

Hey... but a very good one!!!!
Greetings,

Roxa
www.roulettesrecords.com

jimmyarndt (October 1, 2003)

I fuckin love these guys. But I'm willing to bet the liner notes to this weren't written by Poortenga.

REALPUNX4LIFE (September 27, 2003)

You bet your ass it was.

burstandbloom (September 27, 2003)

Fuck me, that comment below was meant for the No Knife review.

burstandbloom (September 27, 2003)

There is absolutely NOTHING special about this band and they have one of the most boring live sets I have ever had the displeasure of yawning through.

REALPUNX4LIFE (September 27, 2003)

The song they have on the New Disorder webpage (Look Me In the Eye) is way too good. It's lots better than their split with the Fragments. I'll have to be picking this dang thing up.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

This score is just for the cover art alone. Any band that will pay tribute to both comic-book stylings and the fact that our country's 37th president was so fat that he got himself stuck in his own bath tub is pure genius! Rock on Bathtub Taft!

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Wow, you know incredibly little about midwestern punk.

-BSD

Manman (September 26, 2003)

Wow, these guys might actually make it. Oh, that's right. Companies are sponsoring "punk" bands nowadays so these guys will have to either sell out or cave in. Too bad, they really would have expanded some horizons. Darn Microsoft and Dreamworks!

maverick (September 26, 2003)

My old band played in a basement in Madison, WI with these guys a few years ago, and they really kicked ass. Way better than us.

-Scott

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