With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We just released a 7″ record of our first recordings, but our latest recording was Darkness Dimensions Disillusion. I feel like it is our best release to date, but I think most artists feel that way. I love the varied styles captured in it, and I think it does a great job of capturing our live feel. That’s hard to do successfully.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-We really dug Stone Machine for our band name, but it had already been used. So we took a bit to think of something we both liked, so we ended up adding Electric to the end of it. It’s kind of an odd phrase on its own, but i also fits us.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s the greatest feeling to have folks wanting and waiting to hear our music! We play music that appeals to us, and it is a and humbling feeling when people listen and enjoy what we come up with. It gives us the fuel to want to create more.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-This is a hard one for us. We’re not a very image conscious band, but we do like to be consistent in the content and music we put out. We put a lot of effort into what comes next and how we deliver it.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Album art is very important, and it is always key for an album. I (Kitchens) have done a lot of our artwork, but have slowly been seeking other artists to help visually expand the band. Bad art can ruin a good album, or keep people from wanting to even check it out. Black Flag put out “What The…” a few years ago. I have no desire to listen to that album based solely on the album art.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I use and enjoy it like everyone else. Band-wise it is a constant battle with algorithms and creating the right type and amount of content. Do we exist if we don’t post something daily? I think this goes hand in hand with the shear amount of bands that are out there as well. Nothing against other bands, it just makes it harder to get people’s attention.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Music definitely creates community. It grows outward from the local people you know on out to the other side of the globe to someone listening to it on your Bandcamp page or sharing it with their friends. Nothing grows without community, so its good to belong to one.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I think it is both, it just depends on the local scene. Here in Fort Worth in seems hard getting folks to come to shows, and half of you friends are in bands themselves playing shows. We need to do a better job of coordinating these things some we can have bad-ass local shows. We don’t need to play every weekend in the same area – that’s a scene killer.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We tour our region in Texas pretty regularly. We’ve been lucky enough to make friends in regional areas, so getting a gig is streamlined a bit. Now getting on festivals and larger shows is hard for us to do. As far as outside our borders, we would love to hit Europe one day. Covid-19 has pretty much halted everything though. Not sure what it will be like once we are able to play live shows again. It may become a streaming market, which is a completely different thing.
What will the future bring?
-We just released our 7″ 10 year anniversary record. The future is kind of on hold because of Covid-19, but we’ve got some stuff we’re always working on, even if remote from each other. I’m sure it will bring new tunes, more friends, and good times. Thanks for taking the time interview us, and hopefully everyone’s future will bring something rewarding!