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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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Formed in Dallas in the year 2000, The SECRET MACHINES combine various prog sounds from the 70's including but not limited tor PINK FLOYD, CAN, NEU, BRIAN ENO, TANGERINE DREAM, and HAWKWIND. In 2002 the band released their debut EP September 000 to much fanfare. Two years later they followed up their full length album "Now Here Is Nowhere" on Reprise Records. During 2004 and 2005 the band did extensive toruing and released a number of singles and EPs release in support of their album. The band while firmly rooted in prog, has a lot of crosover appeal. Like bands such PORCUPINE TREE and MARS VOLTA, The SECRET MACHINES appeal to both hardcore Prog fans as well as the Altenrative Rock and Indie crowds.

They're full length debut, "Now Here Is Nowhere" is an album that mixes effortlessly blends Space Rock, Krautrock, Electronica, and Hard Rock for a sound that's unique and yet sould be familiar to most people who have been listening to prog for years. They also have a number of EPs, including "The Road Leads Where it's Led", where they do some seriously progged up covers of Girl From The North Country, Immer Weider, and the Mo-town classic Money (That's What I Want).

I highly reccomended them to Space Rock/Pschedelic fans.


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Because they're great Progressive Rock influenced by the greats of 70's Progressive Rock. They're also a Prog band that has universal appeal without pandering to mainstream whims.

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Imports 2009
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3.04 | 14 ratings
Now Here Is Nowhere
2004
3.98 | 14 ratings
Ten Silver Drops
2006
3.88 | 6 ratings
Secret Machines
2008

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Morning Becomes Eclectic (Live at KCRW)
2006

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3.83 | 3 ratings
September 000
2002
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Sad And Lonely
2004
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Nowhere Again
2004
2.00 | 1 ratings
First Wave Intact
2004
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Road Leads Where It's Led
2005
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Lightning Blue Eyes
2006
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All At Once (It's Not Important)
2006
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Alone, Stoned And Jealous
2006
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Dreaming Of Dreaming
2009

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 Secret Machines by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.88 | 6 ratings

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Secret Machines
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by King Manuel

4 stars The Secret Machines is a band that I only know by this album. I got introduced to their music a few years ago by ways of a very haunting track called "I never thought to ask" on a Sampler CD in the German Rock Magazine Eclipsed. This album also was featured as the "Album of the Month" in this issue of Eclipsed. I never thought to ask has that multi-layered, spacey, floating atmospheric sound one finds sometimes in the productions of Daniel Lanois (U2, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, etc). The track can be described as "Daniel Lanois Sound XXL", and me as a big fan of that certain "Lanois sound" was immediately convinced to get this album.

The rest of the album has a similar atmosphere although a bit more toned down in terms of effects. The songs are more straight forward and catchy but maintain a sound and feeling which sets them apart from most mainstream music. Apart from the outstanding I never thought to ask, the last track, The fire is waiting, will probably convince most prog fans the most. An eleven long musical journey that rolls out of speakers like dark thunder clouds approaching.

This is an album which shines in terms of its sound and atmosphere. Musical virtuosity is not the focus here. The vocals of Brandon Curtis fit the music very well. He has an extremely pleasant warm sounding voice which contrasts the rather dark sounding music. Tracks 1 to 6 all deserve 4 starts. Tracks 7 and 8 are 5 Star candidates.

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 Ten Silver Drops by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.98 | 14 ratings

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Ten Silver Drops
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ole-the-first

4 stars Released initially exclusive for iTunes in 2006, "Ten Silver Drops" is an excellent rock album ? both in terms of art and alternative rock. Some psychedelic oddities, shoegaze and even post-rock influenced sound and fantastic production makes here the hell of an album! No weak tracks here.

For the first time I've heard of this album from Roger Taylor's (of Queen) "must hear" recommendations list, and it initially interested me a lot. So I managed to listen through this record. From the very first listen, this album had a great impression on me. Here you'll find the great mixture of nice groovy sound, smart healthy experimentation and excellent catchy tunes.

The album starts with "Alone, Jealous and Stoned" track, which was one of the singles out from this album. A lot of tension, right groove from the very start and deep lyrics ? this is what you get here and on all over the rest record. A solid opening, though not the best song from the album overall, yet one of the most expermintal tracks here: psychedelic effects at the start and slow thoughtful sound overall makes.

"All At Once (It's Not Important)", like previous track, starts with slow effects, but fastly rolls into more mainstream-ish track. A neat track which was released on a single as well.

"Lightning Blue Eyes" is even more uptempo track which provides some catchy chorus tune. It was the first single from this album, and probably this is the most effective track here in terms of pop.

The fourth track, "Daddy In The Doldrums" is terrific work. Probably the best track here. It lasts more than 8 minutes and makes some great atmosphere with slow-yet-violent sound. It's better to hear it once than to read about it for ten times.

Second half of albums opens with "I Hate Pretending", another high-class pop song with remarkable melody and pretty original rhythm section.

Some solid bass work in "Faded Lines", beautiful slow melody in "I Want to Know", and, finally, the final track, "1,000 Seconds". Probably the most Floyd-ish track here. Great closer.

This album is highly recommended to fans of such a bands like Porcupine Tree, Mew, Blackfield, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, though I believe that any rock fan would enjoy it, because it's just an excellent music work, regardless of any genre labels.

Fascinating experience throughout. Excellent addition to any progressive rock music collection. 8/10

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 First Wave Intact by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
2.00 | 1 ratings

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First Wave Intact
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
2 stars The opener song of their debut album.

If you know this American band called the Secret Machines I am almost sure that you are familiar with "First Wave Intact" which is the introductory song off their debut album. This was actually the first song I ever listened from them and caught my attention.

It's almost ten minutes of psychedelic and spacey repetitions, if you can get into the first two minutes then you will enjoy the song because it either can be addictive or boring. The vocals are good the drums always the same but the synthesizer effects are awesome, while the song is playing you will be transported to another galaxy, the spacey sounds are very cool. The guitar is very nice and well played, nothing outstanding though.

Not so much to say about this single, I like this song, for that I believe this deserves at least two stars, but I would recommend you listening this on youtube or another site before purchasing the single. Two stars, just for fans.

Enjoy it!

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 Secret Machines by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.88 | 6 ratings

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The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by squonkuk

4 stars Driving music... Not necessarily music to drive by, more music that is driven by a proliferation of thumping drums and bass lines. This is drum and bass the way it should be! Played loud it becomes an entirely different beast and aficionados of noise will be in raptures!

Secret Machines is the eponymous 3rd album by the New York via Texas three-piece. It is full of something the first two albums seemed to be lacking in - confidence. I wondered if the departure of Ben Curtis, the band's lead guitarist and brother of Brandon - the singer and bass specialist - would have a detrimental effect on the band's style. I conceded very quickly that the band is better off without him: it was like Brandon was being held back by his brother's presence.

Secret Machines appears to be the most easily accessible album by the band so far; there are at least three tracks that stands out as potential singles (!) and there's a carefree ambivalence about middle eights and choruses and most tracks. This album is also heavy on influences; you can detect Bowie, Pink Floyd, Rush, Zep and you detect that Curtis and Brandon Mason (the producer) are adding a lot of modern influences into the production, shades of Charlatans, Flaming Lips and Bloc Party surface in places, but don't ever seem out of place.

The album opens with the obvious pop song - Atomic Heels. A song which lyrically could have been written by Neil Peart and musically played by Bowie produced by Visconti circa 1979. It's a rousing anthemic single, which had it got any radio play in this country (the UK) might have made some impression. Last Believer, Drop Dead is an interesting take on religion, with Brandon suggesting that religious faith is dying and one day there will be no more believers. It's almost a jolly song and its tempo belies the hidden depths of the words. Have I Run Out balances subtlety with aggression. Underneath the Concrete could almost be the weakest track on the album if it wasn't so damned catchy. Now You're Gone is an excellent love song, beautifully layered and expressive. The Walls are Starting to Crack is, in my humble opinion, the toughest and most inaccessible track on the album and quite possibly the most obviously prog. It starts off innocently enough but by the 4th minute its avant garde before entering into a Dark Side of the Moon crescendo that saves the song from being a mishmash of styles bolted together. I Never Thought to Ask is a real stand out song, despite it being the slowest on the album. It is hauntingly atmospheric and has some effects in it that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Plus it has some of the most beguiling lyrics you will ever hear - filthy hammers crashing down anyone? The Fire Is Waiting continues a trend started by Nowhere Again from the début album, a monstrous track, sprawling some 10 minutes, with a crashing opening, thunderous guitars, booming keyboards and a rousing chorus - as progressive a track as you will hear all year.

The Secret Machines class themselves as Progressive Big Beat, a term I've never heard outside of their own MySpace page. They do indeed have a massive beat and lovers of quality prog, layered sounds, good tempo and weird lyrics will be impressed by this band's output. Rick Wakeman once commented that these guys could be the future of prog rock; he might be right.

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 Now Here Is Nowhere by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.04 | 14 ratings

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Now Here Is Nowhere
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by therevelator

4 stars the Secret Machines are an exciting band, they offer very old-school psychadelic songs with excellent album organization.

I enjoy every track on this album, except for Nowhere Again, probobly because i've heard it so many times. The opening track, First Wave Intact, is shockingly powerful. The drumbeat is timeless and when the vocals start you know you're in for an excellent treat.

Sad and Lonely reminds me of some ballads from the 70's, definately in a good way, i love this track!!

The Leaves Are Gone is a trippy keyboard buzz with some excellent headphone effects

Nowhere Again, to me, is a boring song with little to offer, but their musicianship is acceptable, thats what makes the Secret Machine so listenable, their music is well constructed and their songs are written with care and thought.

The Road Leads Where Its At is another one of my favorites, the passionate vocals are haunting and it seems to go by in seconds.

Pharaoh's Daughter is another great track, its a bit slower than some of the other songs, but it builds into a piece of bliss straight from sonic/electronic heaven.

You Are Chains is another track that builds up slowly (and builds on you with repeated listens.)

Lights on and Now Here is Nowhere are two great tracks that pick up the pace and supply the ears with smooth guitar playing, emotional lyrics, and effects to boot!!

Pleasantly surprsing, Now Here is Nowhere is an excellent album that opens the curtains to a band with a big future.

(and Ten Silver Drops knocks the Secret Machines out of the park, its an amazing sophomore album)

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 Now Here Is Nowhere by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.04 | 14 ratings

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Now Here Is Nowhere
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Gatot
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1 stars It was a BIG regret for me to purchase this album which was considered excellent by one of prog sites. I did purchase the album because of that excellent review by the site. What happened when I received the CD and spun it for the first time? It was really terrible album not only in the eyes of progressive music. In fact, even under the category of rock, this is not a good one to have. Most of compositions are so boring especially with lack of melodies, harmonies and repetition of many musical parts (riffs, chords, etc.). Sorry I just cannot consider how people can view this as a bad album. It's so boring. I did try to have couple of spins but still I could not grab the good parts of this album.

I cannot bear with the music which lacks melody, cumbersome repetition of chords, mundane vocal job. Overall, nothing is so special about this album. I do not recommend any of you purchase this CD.

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 The Road Leads Where It's Led by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.00 | 3 ratings

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The Road Leads Where It's Led
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Chris H
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3 stars The Secret Machines, the drum/guitar/piano trio out of Dallas, Texas, is back with their third release. Their second EP, after their debut EP "September 000" and their debut album "Now Here Is Nowhere" is a very awkward release for me. Don't get me wrong, nothing about the music is awkward, it is just that the ideas presented on this EP don't seem like they should be released after a big-hit studio piece. This EP would have probably been better off pre-dating "Now Here Is Nowhere" and maybe even "September 000".

Now, with that all being said, I can explain the reason behind that. Only 2 of the 6 songs on this EP were actually written by the Secret Machines, and those are the heavy- hitting "The Road Leads Where It's Led" and "Better Bring Your Friends". In my opinion, these are the two best songs off of this release. The album mellows out a little more for the band's cover of Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" and then comes almost to a grinding halt for their long and drawn-out cover of the mo-town classic, "Money (That's What I Want)". A song that was originally recorded in 2:30 being strung out to over 7 minutes using the same exact choruses can get a bit tiring, especially if some of the space is just random noise. The Bob Dylan penned track, "Girl From The North Country", is an excellent ballad which actually holds the listener's attention for the whole of the 9 minute duration. The closer, "(De Luxe) Immer Wieder", is more of a drum and bass chant than an actual song, but the keys come in at around 3:30 making this quite an enjoyable listen.

In plain honesty, this EP does get a little boring and stretchy at times, and I feel that the cover songs are not a good way to present yourself as an evolving band, especially on your third release. I would give this release 4 stars, but I have to knock one off for lack of originality.

3 stars, but I would still make an effort to hunt this down if you are a fan of the band.

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 September 000 by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
3.83 | 3 ratings

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September 000
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ResidentAlien

4 stars Wow. Since when are The Secret Machines on here? Love these guys... but I'm a little hesitant calling them prog.

Oh well, as long as they're here, might as well review them, right?

This one's pretty difficult to find. It's an early EP. I snagged it off eBay years ago after hearing It's a Bad Wind that Don't Blow Somebody Some Good on some website. I fell in love with the exotic sound (this was before I discovered the joys of prog).

Indeed, this is the disc of their's that I'd feel most comfortable referring to as prog. The first track, Marconi's Radio pt. 1, builds up slowly to an intoxicatingly melancholic lyrical section. Much of this disc is like that; slow build to an intoxicating center. The last track, the reprise of the first, is an exception. It's a furiously up-tempo song that ends the mostly down-beat EP on a positive note. Breathe, too, is more up-tempo than the other tracks. It's a fun little rock song.

You can definitely hear their influences, though; some early Flaming Lips, a little Radiohead, and definitely some Floyd. I hear Floyd especially in It's a Bad Wind that Don't Blow Somebody Some Good. That song reminds me a little of One of these Days. I definitely hear Oh My Gawd!! era Flaming Lips in Breathe. But while you can squarely place the influences, Secret Machines don't resort to being carbon cut-outs. They stay fresh while tipping a hat to their predecessors.

The interesting thing about September 000 is that TSM completely abandoned this style after the release of this EP. Their later releases are more cacophonous alt rock albums with a slight hint of glam.

I'll tell you honestly, this is my favorite disc from The Secret Machines and I do wish they'd resort back to this style. It's simple, but with good instrumentation and awesome vocals from Brandon Curtis.

If it weren't for this EP, I might not have ever gotten into prog. It was sorta gateway music for me. I just happened to stumble on it at the perfect time in my life when I wanted something that mainstream music just couldn't offer. This is a superbly entertaining album and one that I've yet to grow tired of over the years. If you can find this, I'd strongly urge you to track it down.

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 Ten Silver Drops by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.98 | 14 ratings

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Ten Silver Drops
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by cicatriz819

5 stars My friends from school approached me this past week and invited me to go to a Secret Machines show this Saturday. Not only had I never heard of the band at this point, but I was also scheduled to work that particular night, so making the drive to Philadelphia (2-3 hour drive for me) was out of the question. Later on that day at my friend's apartment, we listened to this album as his way of showing me what I was missing....

Let's just say the moment 1000 Seconds was over I was on the phone with work making up some BS to free up my Saturday night to see these guys. The album is amazing from beginning to end, and from what I've heard they are even more incredible live. I'll find out for myself on Saturday!

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 Now Here Is Nowhere by SECRET MACHINES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.04 | 14 ratings

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Now Here Is Nowhere
The Secret Machines Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Quite a buzz about this 3 piece band and especially this album when it came out. Many touting it as a Psychedelic / Krautrock throwback. Not even close, but i did really enjoy the first and last songs(yeah leave it to the prog guy to like the 2 longest tracks) but i just couldn't get into this record like I thought I would.The lyrics do little to impress.The album cover though is very memorable.

"First Wave Intact" has a heavy beat with vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. I like the organ a minute later. Guitar comes and goes. Quite the chaotic ending. "Sad And Lonely" sounds great but the vocals kind of dampen the enthusiasm I had for it. "The Leaves Are Gone" opens with organ as soft vocals come in. It starts to build 2 1/2 minutes in then settles again. Very mellow.

"Nowhere Again" opens with piano and an uptempo beat. Vocals join in this poppy tune. It's fun anyway. "The Road Leads Where It's Led" is psychedelic to open before a beat with vocals takes over. Catchy track. "Pharoah's Daughter" features vocal melodies and a spacey mood. Almost spoken vocals come in. "You Are Chains" is again psychedelic sounding as slowly sung vocals arrive. Piano is also slowly played. The song kicks in before 3 minutes then settles to a spacey atmosphere. "Light's On" has some energy and a good beat. I like it. "Now Here Is Nowhere" is spacey to open as vocals come in softly. It kicks in before 3 minutes with a catchy beat. I like the spacey vibe and vocals that join in.

3 stars.

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