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Porch and Space

by Sand Machine

Melody/harmony driven songs suggestive of the British invasion with a buccolic American touch.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. ATM Song
2:38 $0.99
2. Running of the Tree Frogs Week
3:23 $0.99
3. Stick Around Some More
4:55 $0.99
4. W. Z. Mandias
5:10 $0.99
5. (Traditional)
2:55 $0.99
6. The Chosen Side
4:35 $0.99
7. The Woes of Edgar James
4:20 $0.99
8. Blue Glass in the Sky
3:27 $0.99
9. Not Sure I Can
7:58 $0.99
10. Mystery Track #4
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Album Notes
Some people dubbed a radio they had been bringing to the beach for many years "Sand Machine" because it was filled with sand, yet it still worked. Inspired by its persistence and dedication to music, they named their band after it. That is the creation myth of Sand Machine.

Since then the band has busied itself with creating infective melody lines and harmony arrangements reminiscent of the British invasion overlaying a bucolic American roots rock. Encompassing social commentary, story-telling, emotional revelation, and a touch of wry, Sand Machine purports to be both the forest and the trees. Besides playing consistently in Boston and other parts of New England, they also play NYC, Pittsburgh, Nashville and beyond. Sand Machine released a new full-length CD, titled Porch & Space, on May 20th, 2006 at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA. See www.sandmachine.com for more info.

Early reviews for Porch and Space:

"This is music with a brain, music with heart - most of all music that will draw you in and hold your attention in a myriad of ways, and that will leave you glad you took the time to listen. Combining the quirky vocal style of the Violent Femmes with the even more quirky lyrical sensibility of They Might Be Giants, along with a musical mélange of Neil Young, The Band and mid-70s Kinks, Sand Machine are something fresh and interesting in a world filled with imitators and duplicators… There are moments of uplifting joy, as well as fear and self-doubt. There are songs that’ll make you want to get up and bop like a dirty Grateful Dead fan, and songs that will make you pour yourself another shot of Jack Daniels into that glass you haven’t washed in years…"


"The impressive thing is that Sand Machine put their personal stamp on each song… That these guys can play as well as they do and still stay out of each other’s way is another feat... Lyrical strengths abound. I think what I like best about Sand Machine is they’re different enough to remain interesting without going too far into left field...Every track is an accomplishment in song craft as music, lyrics, and vocal approach provid[ing] a tapestry of oddball humor and damn good roots rock…"

Skope Magazine Online

"This is the band that everyone wishes they had. It takes real talent to groove SLOW, relaxed, and the Sand Machine has that down to a science. With an early Neil Young/Crazy Horse mood, great vocal harmonies that remind one of Stones at times, and that countryish folk bluesy rock thing going, these guys are right ON. I don’t really smoke the wacky tobacco anymore, got paranoid too much, but this type of music makes me want to start again! There’s a positive sign. You just get the feeling (I’m speaking of the overall sound of the whole album) that things will be alright as you ride the lazy, swinging chord progressions that Sand Machine has put together for your audio pleasure—tasteful arrangements that would sound great pumping out of your stereo on Friday after a hard work week (if you’re a nine to five person, which I’m not). I hear a lot of music and try to keep an open mind about all styles, and bands like this just reaffirm my thought that there are some cool people out there doing really cool stuff."

The Noise

"With a powerful arsenal of songs, a respectable history, and a new CD out, Sand Machine seems poised to take on the industry… This pop-meets-melancholy sound might be too scattered a range for a less experienced group, but Sand Machine tackles their breath of expression with passion and skill."

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Great song-writing, classic harmonies, guitar led rock.
Porch and Space is full of fun music while at the same time it has some important things to say. Every song has something to offer from the balad-like "Stick Around Some More", questioning why it's worth it to live, to the political rock in WZ Mandias begging for the end of George W's lie filled time as the leader of the free world. The last track sums things up greatly but I can't tell you what it's about. It's a mystery. Get this CD if you like phenominal music.

The Queen

A CD for all ages!
I bought this CD for myself (age 57), my sister (age 60), my niece (36) and nephew (30) and we ALL love it! While driving around, my grand-daughter (age 13) and I sing our hearts out right along with the artists! This one is a generational winner! Congratulations!!