Photo Credit: Jessica Pohl
Providence jazzy jam band Glass Machines have an abundance of rhythm with each song they play. Their sound moves at a steady pace with each member consistently managing to sneak in unique dimensions at various times. This particular structure is exhibited through the act’s debut LP Cycles that’s being premiered on What’s Up Rhode Island today.
Each track is different than the other, guaranteeing a pleasant listening experience that also keeps the senses excited. The quartet of guitarist and vocalist Mike Leone, guitarist Nick Sea and the rhythm section of bassist Burt Masse and drummer Matthew Gilmette syncopate together to create stellar music.
“Recording Cycles was a blast, and we had a great time working with producer Mikey Bullister at Newcastle Sound in Barrington, “Leone says about the making of Cycles. “We recorded most of the tracks as a live band to capture a funkier sound, and then spent a lot of time getting the overdubs right. We’re overjoyed to finally release a full-length album as a Rhode Island band. There is a ton of musical talent emerging in the Providence jam band scene, with groups like The Stupid Robots and Northeast Traffic, and we’re psyched to be a part of it!”
The rhythms mentioned earlier are evident in “A Day Upon The Hill” with Masse and Gilmette serving as the anchor for the entire track. “East Side Blues” has a slow and cool vibe that has both Leone’s and Sea’s guitars being the main presence. With a surf rock tone that goes into a funky bass line, “Anything At All” has a groove going on that’s infectious. “Saga” has a whole lot of shredding going on with numerous amounts of solos. There’s also a slight reggae aesthetic that’s the track’s artistic base.
Glass Machines will be celebrating the release of Cycles at the News Café in Pawtucket tonight. Providence idiosyncratic musician Nate Cozzolino and his backing band The Lost Arts will be joining in on the fray along with Attleboro, MA jam masters The Stupid Robots and South County smooth rockers Groove Axiom mixing things up. Grab a copy of the LP at the show but for now, give the EP a listen and enjoy.