EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort
Worth, TX based Stoner Rock/Doom Jazz duo Stone Machine Electric. Huge thanks
to Dub and Kitchens for taking part!
What is your name,
what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the
Kitchens: I’m Kitchens, I
play drums, keyboard, theremin, and I also sing. We’ve been a band for 10 years
now, but Dub and I have been in other bands together throughout the years and
have known each other since I was in high school.
Dub: My name is Dub, and
I play guitar and vocalize.
How did you come up
with your band name?
We were listening to a
lot of Electric Wizard and Black Pyramid back then. It was hard trying to find
a name that sounded original and wasn’t already used. Stone Machine was taken,
so we added the Electric to make it ours. Sounds weird to me sometimes still!
are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
We’re in the United
States. In Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there’s a pretty
rich metal scene for all different genres. It’s actually a bit saturated with
bands, so it’s a bit hard to stand out.
What is your latest
release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our last
album “Darkness Dimensions Disillusion” last year on Sludgelord Records. We put
it out on CD and cassette, as well as on all the digital platforms. It has got
all the stoner, doom, and jazzy psychedelic metal sounds you need.
Who have been your
Kitchens: My personal
influences range a great bit. I’m a big fan of Frank Zappa and the many
drummers he’s used over the years. I’m also a big Dave Lombardo fan, even
though I pretty much suck at anything fast, ha!
Dub: Whatever I hear is
going to influence me in some way, but going back it started with The Allman
Brothers and recording them off the radio.
What first got you
Kitchens: I grew up with
MTV, and the biggest thing I remember from being a kid is Van Halen’s Jump
video. I was so stoked when I was able to get this short sleeve Van Halen shirt
from K-Mart. It was all music from that point.
Dub: It’s just in my
blood, and it’s always been there since I was a kid.
If you could
collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Kitchens: That’s a tough
one. We’ve done some collab shows and jams with Wo Fat in the past. I’d love to
do something with Here Lies Man or Elder. Would love to get some heavy funky
weird psych shit going for hours and put on some weird shows!
Dub: I’d like to do some
collaboration with Michael Walter of Wo Fat on some original material not
necessarily in the heavy realm of music.
If you could play any
festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
That’s another tough
one. There are so many, and we’re starting to get some really good ones in the
States. I’d have to go with Roadburn just because they always seem to have a
good eclectic mix of music that just makes sense together. And I’ve never been;
it just always looks epic.
What’s the weirdest
gift you have ever received from a fan?
Can’t say we’ve ever
received anything weird. I guess we’ve failed as musicians.
If you had one
message for your fans, what would it be?
Kitchens: Explore, open
your mind, discover as much as you can and enjoy it.
Dub: Thank you so much,
we wouldn’t exist without you all supporting us.
If you could bring
one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Kitchens: Frank Zappa,
because I want to see him perform his music because I missed out, dammit!
Dub: Agreed! On top of
being a musical genius, he’s a smart Mother!
What do you enjoy the
most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Kitchens: I love creating
and performing, it is just so satisfying. I want to do it all the time, and it
would be cool to make a living doing only that. Moving gear around and the
business side aren’t fun, but I wouldn’t say I hate any of it.
Dub: It’s a creative
outlet. I hate that bands don’t really get paid anymore. It’s the difference in
cost to perform (gear, practice, time, and travel) versus what is provided in
If you could change
one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Kitchens: Not sure it is
the industry, but it would be nice if more people liked listening to new music
or discovering new music. There’s so much out there that people don’t know
about. People and the music industry need to be more adventurous.
Dub: See my last answer.
Name one of your all-time
Kitchens: Firehose – “If’n”.
That album has it all for me. I could listen to that non-stop. Mike Watt is
awesome, and I recently got to see him live and fall down on stage. Dude got
right back up and didn’t stop.
Dub: It’s hard to narrow
it down to one album, but I can narrow it down to Led Zeppelin.
What’s best? Vinyl,
Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Kitchens: I don’t think
it matters as long as you support what you like. I do all of the above in some
form or fashion. Unfortunately I end up downloading a lot of music from bands
that are outside of the country because shipping gets expensive!
Dub: I prefer vinyl for
the sound and experience, but I do CDs for the convenience. Downloads sound
like shit and aren’t convenient for me personally.
What’s the best gig
that you have played to date?
Kitchens: We recently
played the Lost Well in Austin, TX. It was awesome to actually play there on a
night that didn’t have a bigger show going on that sucked up the crowd. They
had a great crowd and staff. It was also awesome to play with our friends in
Temptress from Dallas and our buds in Abject Terror made up of dudes from
Destroyer of Light and Monte Luna. Gravitoyd Presents puts on some good heavy
shows in Austin.
Dub: I agree. But I also
dug our show in 2015 with Wo Fat where we all got on stage together and jammed
as Whoa! Fat Machine. It was completely improvised, and that is always cool!
If you weren’t a
musician, what else would you be doing?
Kitchens: By day I’m an
architect, but I’d probably be doing art more if I wasn’t playing music. I love
messing with watercolours and markers and drawing weird shit.
Dub: I’d probably be
dead, or living in a van down by the river. Except for the fact the river is
dried up too.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Kitchens: Sam Adams,
Colonel Sanders, Little Debbie, and Ben & Jerry. Every party needs food and
Dub: Uh….. That’s a
What’s next for the
We’re working on
something special for the 10th anniversary of our first show in March. Other
than that, we’re working on booking shows regionally around Texas, Louisiana,
Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they
a cake or a biscuit?
Kitchens: Can it be a
biscuit cake or a cake biscuit? A biscake?
Dub: What’s a Jaffa cake?
Thank you for your
time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the opportunity to be heard on your platform, we appreciate it very much! We hope you and everyone reading really dig this and our music
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