Exposure: The Machine Room

Grand, glistening electro-indie invoking New Order, Chapterhouse and The House of Love

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Exposure: The Machine Room

One of the essential new Scottish bands to catch at this summer’s festivals (they play Go North, T in the Park and Wickerman), Edinburgh quintet The Machine Room’s grand, glistening electro-indie invokes all from New Order to Chapterhouse and The House of Love without ever losing sight of its overarching pop sensibilities. We chatted with founder-member, singer and songwriter John Bryden. But only after his post-work shower. ‘Farm stuff,’ he says.

‘Farm stuff’? Um.

My family farms near Dundee so I’m there, in my dungarees, chewing straw and shooing crows off.

That clears that up then. Tell us a bit about how the band came together.

I began demoing songs in my bedroom, let some friends hear them and got quite a good response. That was the initial rush that spurred me on to try and get a band together, which happened pretty quickly after a friend’s gig at the Wee Red Bar.

The Wee Red, and Edinburgh College of Art in general, seem to feature large in The Machine Room’s story?

Cecilia [Stamp, bassist] is the only one of us who actually studied at the ECA but as a band we rehearse and socialise there. I’ve always liked the relaxed atmosphere, where you can get chatting to people with similar interests or ways of thinking. That’s where creative things often start.

Are there any other bands in Edinburgh that you admire and share a particular affinity with?

PET and Magic Eye are both making some spellbinding music, and doing so on their own terms, so we can relate to that. Go listen.

The Machine Room’s debut EP, ‘Love From a Distance’, is out now. The Machine Room perform at T in the Park’s T-break stage.

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