LA-based synthpop duo A Million Machines release self-titled debut album


Million Machines
A Million Machines
24 November 2017

LA-based synthpop duo A Million Machines release self-titled debut album

FOR FANS OF: Depeche Mode, OMD, Erasure, De/Vision, Camouflage, Cut Copy, Crystal Castles, Digitalism
FOCUS TRACKS: Come Tonight, Dilemma, Absence Without Leave, Ceremony, Undivided

Absence Without Leave
Come Tonight
My Criminal Mind
Tech Support

«Band members MIG and Fate Fatal blend vintage synthesizers with a modular futuristic sounds that are big on melody. On ‘Come Tonight’, the cascading waves of synth are infectious and Fatal’s vocals float over as smooth as fresh chrome. The sound is polished, the whole track blending together in perfect harmony like the perfect soundscape to the synthetic future»The Big Takeover

«In the spirit of Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Cut Copy comes LA-based A Million Machines. The name, just as the music, summons goosebumps over their potent mix of modular synth, brooding yet smooth vocals, and truly catchy melody»Torched Magazine

«Hooky waves of flowing synths blend over Fatal’s vocals, which are shiny and smooth… There are shades of Bowie, and David Gahan of Depeche Mode. The overall sound is very polished, with the whole track blending together into the perfect soundscape to the synthetic future»Echosynthetic

«Raw analog synths and punchy vocals along with pop hooks..l neon-synthetic bliss»The Record Stache

LA-based synth pop outfit A Million Machines have released their debut album. Featuring 11 tracks, this album is a synth pop kaleidoscope, densely layered in clean, modular synthesizers and a heavy melodic aesthetic between light and darkness. The first two singles are pulsating electronic burners echoing Depeche Mode in their technical attack of modular synths, coupled with passionate male vocals.

This follows up the album’s first two singles – ‘Come Tonight’ and ‘Absence Without Leave’, with the video for the latter filmed on Japan’s Yurikamome train, a driverless, automated transit service, while en route from Shimbashi to Odaiba.

The entire debut album is a blast of heart-thumping beats, stomping propulsion and intoxicating melodies. Fatal injects his gloomy obsessions with an ultra melodic harmony, abetted by MIG, a conscientious technician with an understanding of the inner workings of modular technology and exploring the abyss of self-made modular circuitry. Recording at their own studio in Los Angeles, A Million Machines use modular synths to make some of the most human sounds around.
Based in Silver Lake, California, A Million Machines is a duo comprised of producer/multi-instrumentalist MIG (The New Room) and vocalist Fate Fatal (The Deep Eynde, Kittens for Christians). They formed in 2014 when MIG and Fate were separately called into an audition with an upcoming LA underground band and, while waiting, dived into discussion about their passion for electronic music.
The result is output that is rooted in raw analog synths and punchy vocals, using low-res electronic noise and pop hooks. After being showcased on local college radio stations, including LA’s KXLU, A Million Machines’ sound quickly progressed to incorporate various areas of electronic music; electroclash, electropunk and electropop.
Fatal’s twenty years as vocalist on the Los Angeles music scene with bands Kittens for Christian (Sony) and The Deep Eynde (Bomp! /Cargo Records) brings vocal leanings towards Dave Gahan and Trent Reznor. Fate Fatal is native to Los Angeles and part American Indian with tradition rooted in expression and storytelling, this translating into years of gigs with dramatic theatrical performances.  Fatal has written and recorded with William Faith (Faith and The Muse/ Christian Death/ The Bellweather Syndicate/The March Violets) and producer Chad Blinman (Face to Face/Jarboe), as well as Gitane Demone (Christian Death). He has also performed with Siouxsie Sioux and The Creatures in Los Angeles.
Through ten years with alternative band The New Room, MIG is greatly influenced by post punk, minimalism and dark wave, in particular, by Wire, Kraftwerk, The Editors, Throbbing Gristle and Killing Joke. Madrid-born and Miami-raised MIG’s musical focus reoriented from guitar to synthesizers after falling in love with the idea of meshing post punk with early industrial electronic music, inspired by Martin Gore and Depeche Mode, Front 242, and John Foxx.
In departing from the traditional sense of a full piece band, he found the reward of having more control over all the sonic aspects of creating new material.  «I find writing/creating using synths and modular systems like a breath of fresh air,” says MIG. “It’s removing some of the more technical stale aspects of modern computers and reintroducing pure energy with the use of control voltage. It makes for writing and recording to be more of a live performance. Sometimes, strange mistakes happen to make it more memorable and far more rewarding.»
A Million Machines debut self-titled album is available via Bandcamp and the album release show will take place at Los Angeles’ Bar Sinister (1652 North Cherokee Avenue, Hollywood), along with mystifying synthwave duo Lucky+Love, Beck Black, and special DJ sets by London-based Rob Green of The Synthwave Show, and DJs Tommy & John.
They have already begun to work on their next album, slated for release in the latter half of 2018, and are planning a European tour next November.
Album cover credit: Craig Carter
Vocal Melodies and lyrics by Fate Fatal
Instrumentation, engineering by MIg


1   Synthetic Eyes
2   Undivided
3   Dilemma
4   My Criminal Mind
5   The Ritual
6   Tech Support
7   Absence Without Leave
8   Ceremony
9   Virtuality
10 Ultraflesh
11 Come Tonight


Nov. 5    Toronto, Canada – Drake Underground
Nov. 6    Montreal, Canada – Fairmont Theatre
Nov. 11  Reykjavik , Iceland – Paloma
Nov. 13  London, UK – Hope and Anchor
Nov. 14  Edinburgh, UK – The Liquid Room
Nov. 19  Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
Nov. 20  Stockholm, Sweden – Trädgården
Nov. 21  Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
Nov. 25  Paris, France – TBA
Nov. 26  Segrate, Italy – Circolo Magnolia
Nov. 27  Zürich, Switzerland – Halle 622
Nov. 28  Berlin, Germany – TBA
Dec. 1    Warsaw, Poland – Proxima
Dec. 2    Moscow, Russia – TBA

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