by Warren Buchholz –

I once heard the single “Nowhere Again” by the Secret Machines while I was playing a video game some years back. The song itself got stuck in my head, and I began replaying the song over and over again until I finally got the album. The songs, again, got stuck in my head, and I kept replaying the album during the long summer nights while waiting for my senior year of high school to kick back into gear. I Now Here is Nowhere, the first album by the Dallas-based band, is no longer playable in my CD player.

I re-listened to the album again the other day, and it still rocks. The time-pass between eight years to now has only strengthened the music for me. The trippy progressive soundscape these songs emit harkens back to classic late ‘70s bands mixed with the then-current ‘00s feel. These guys were if Pink Floyd had babies with Interpol. And there was power behind the instruments and soul behind the lyrics. The songs have a catchy fluid momentum and can be listened to at any time of the day. “Nowhere Again”, “Light’s On”, “The Road Leads Where It’s Led”, “Now Here is Nowhere” all expel this grandiose power many ‘00s rock/alternative bands were missing.

I’ve never had a better time than driving through the wet city streets at 2 in the morning with the windows fully down, playing “Nowhere Again”, and wondering if I should go home or go get pancakes at a diner. And with how solid the entire album is, it’s going to be a wonderfully long drive.

Now Here is Nowhere is solid, period. And the band’s soulfulness is enough to want more music from them. The Secret Machines have been sorely missing for a good five years now. They released a new single in 2010, “Like I Can”, with the promises of a new fourth album. It hasn’t happened yet, and it’s a damn shame.

For now, Brandon Curtis has created Cosmicide, and I’ll get any fix I can. With what I’ve heard from SoundCloud and from numerous videos, I cannot wait to see them live.

MAAF BOX listening pleasure: Nowhere Again, Sad and Lonely, The Road Leads Where It’s Led, Pharaoh’s Daughter, Light’s On, Now Here is Nowhere

MAAF BOX Rating: MAAF-BOX-listening-pleasure MAAF-BOX-listening-pleasure MAAF-BOX-listening-pleasure MAAF-BOX-listening-pleasure

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