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Modern Machines

Modern Machines: 'Take It, Somebody!''Take It, Somebody!' (2006)
Dirtnap Records

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The Modern Machines may be one of the most immediately likable punk bands I've ever come across. There's a wonderfully Ramonesy nature to the group in that neither the vocalists nor musicianship are all that important the story, but rather it's the sum of the parts that makes it work. Call it chemis.
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The Modern Machines may be one of the most immediately likable punk bands I've ever come across. There's a wonderfully Ramonesy nature to the group in that neither the vocalists nor musicianship are all that important the story, but rather it's the sum of the parts that makes it work. Call it chemistry or simply great songwriting, but the Modern Machines have it in spades.

There's a warm quality to "Take It , Somebody!", a combination of down to earth Midwestern charm and a classic rock'n'roll guitar sound that's impossible to hate. There's a none-too-subtle Replacements influence on hand, a little bit more ...Trash than Tim at times. Yet for all the nostalgic praise the Mats get these days, it still feels rare to find a young band that so faithfully follows in their footsteps. The anthemic but very human approach that Westerberg and Co. championed is clearly being taken on songs like "You're Getting Married" and the album opening "Get It Right." "Flash Infatuation" is as catchy an anthem as one could ever hope for. Its use of the "whoa" is unsurpassed in a year of releases by bonafide and established Whoa bands. Staying with that Twin Cities vibe, there's a messy Hüsker Dü feel to songs like "Elegy for Love" and "Pay Off the Hangman" (although given the context it sounds more like the Replacements trying to sound like Hüsker Dü, so we come back around to Sorry Ma... comparisons). The harmonica makes a welcome appearance on "'Cause I Do," a track with the slightest hint of a reggae backbone. It's somewhat out of step with the band's influences but fits well enough.

The nice thing about the Modern Machines is that there's very little to grasp. That's a compliment, by the way. A track like "(Can't Let You) Slip Through My Hands" isn't terribly complex by any means, but there's certainly something to be said for succinct little punk songs. Even a song like "Road I Didn't Take," which is vocally a few notches out of tune, makes it on charm alone. "Take It, Somebody!" is nominally a 25-minute record and plays like one. It ends up tipping the half-hour mark thanks to the final song, a sleepy acoustic ballad by the name of "Treadmill Waltz." It's a nice enough tune but wisely sequenced, as the 5-minute running time would kill the pace of the record if it was placed anywhere else.

The Modern Machines are a refreshingly unrefined, fun as hell little punk rock band. If you're the slight bit sick of the grandiose concepts and self-important epics being churned out by the more popular modern punk acts, this is the antidote.

 

 
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tommytumult (December 27, 2006)

The Modern Machines are the nicest, most down to earth bunch of guys ever. Every time I've ever seen them live, they've stuck around after their performance to hang out with the crowd or watch the other bands play. Hell, just last week they played my town despite a snowstorm and after the show, they drove another 30 miles or so to come with my friends and I to do our radio show. Nothing shitty about these guys.

As for Take It, Somebody, the album is solid midwestern rock 'n' roll. You can't go wrong with it.

And in the words of Nate Pisano, lead singer of The Modern Machines "Every time someone leaves the state of Wisconsin to move to Arizona or Florida or whatever, the IQ of both states goes up."

jumptheshark (September 26, 2006)

Really fantastic album...really cool, kinda mellow midwest punk...gotta love it

savoirunfaire (September 13, 2006)

they have a 7" single coming out on Art of the Underground soon! limited to 250! www.artoftheunderground.com

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

i've known the modern machines guys since '98, and they're FAR from "shitty people". i actually can't even fathom how someone could say that. weird.

Anonymous (August 6, 2006)

Boring band, shitty people. nuff said.
-Anonymous douchebag

I'm glad you've never heard nor actually met them before. Go back to being bitter that they're better than your band.

- Little Guy

Anonymous (August 6, 2006)

Boring band, shitty people. nuff said.

Anonymous (August 5, 2006)

ohhhhmagad I love these guys. sweet band. cool people

Anonymous (August 4, 2006)

They had a great set at the Fest 4

-kliph

Zorak_Ramone (August 4, 2006)

Great album. Great band. Isn't as good as Thwap. A little more mellow. But still got that whole Dillinger Four meets Replacements thing going on. I think they were taking queues from later Replacements albums. Mmmmm. Check em out kids.

helliox (August 4, 2006)

It is just what he said. Simple structure that has a great emulation of or perhaps an esteemed reverence to fantastic midwestern punk archetypes. If you have never seen these guys live the best way to surmise their stage presence is just "fun". That is it. Fun. They are fun. And if you can't deal with fun well maybe it'll just kick you in the teeth.

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