Party Crashers | The Secret Machines

“I just found out that [the new album] was leaked on the Internet, so all that kinda goes out the window.”



It’s almost funny that the Secret Machines was ultimately started in Dallas—a city full of chain restaurants such as Chili’s and T.G.I. Friday’s, and franchised stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target. In a place as nondescript and soulless as Dallas, the Secret Machines were being quietly cultivated in different bands, until July 2000, when Ben and Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza decided to join doexwa and head to New York City. Six years later, the band is doing great, releasing their fourth album, Ten Silver Drops, in the States on April 18.

“It’s apparently available, goddammit,” Ben Curtis says. “I just found out that [the new album] was leaked on the Internet, so all that kinda goes out the window.” Curtis pauses for a moment. “It’s like we were trying to plan a surprise party. And then the person we invited just kinda walked in while we were setting up.”

Frustrated with the fact that his new album is all over the world more than a month before its release date, Curtis’s feelings are justified. But the stress of that disappears for the rest of the interview after a long day of the Secret Machines opening for the Foo Fighters on a small European tour. When questioned on which country has had the Machines’ biggest following, Curtis responds,“Probably the U.K. and Germany, but I don’t think it’s really a difference in people at all; once we kinda started spending time in the States, we built a crowd there just the same. The only big difference is that in Europe, they have music press weekly, as opposed to the States, who have music press monthly.”

Being a one-of-the-kind sort of band, the Secret Machines sounds like a combination of Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, and Spiritualized, with elements of Seal and Muse thrown into the mix. “There are three pretty unique individuals in the Secret Machines,” says Curtis. “It’s just that ever since day one, we’ve tried to concern ourselves with the details, and we try to never exclude the listener.”

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