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Brandon Curtis, Ben Curtis, Josh Garza

The window opened sometime in the summer of 2000. It's difficult to say for sure but we were there and there was nothing to do but jump. That is to say, in the summer of 2000 Benjamin Curtis, Josh Garza and Brandon Curtis began their new work, The Secret Machines.

A short revisitation of history:
- Texas
- Brandon and Ben are brothers, first played music together in the early nineties rock and roll style UFOFU
- Josh spent his formatives in outer space in Comet - Benjamin kept time in When Babies Eat Pennies
- Brandon and Josh amazingly graced Captain Audio as the turn of the century approach
The loss of contentment can be stunning at first but it returns in triplicate. Cunning and unnoticed, it slips in by an upstairs window left open so the first song of morning would be sure to wake you. Only contentment closed the door, softened your bed and whispered in your ear, "sleep a little longer, it's still early."

There was nothing to do but leave. We rehearsed in July, recorded in September and moved to New York in November.

September 000 is the first release by The Secret Machines. Recorded in Chicago by Brian Deck at Clava Studios - a starting point.

The Secret Machines possess a breadth of vision in their songwriting which is profoundly rare. The Music unfurls sprawling landscapes where splashes of organ and shards of reverbed guitars lead the listener down a psychedelic path. Yet, if at first The Secret Machines' disposition is calm and reserved, it later expands, layer by layer, until their musical terrain becomes laden with colorful melodies, counter harmonies and coyly poignant lyrics.

Some may note allusions to the past in the music; perhaps as broad as Brian Eno, Spacemen Three, Olivia Tremor Control, Pink Floyd or The Velvet Underground. While these bands might have indeed deposited sediments in "September 000," there is also a pulsating energy in each song which exposits the Machine's unique vision as a band. A vision that intermingles rhythmic and emotional songwriting with sparse and brooding sounds and freeform noise. A vision that combines sounds with dreams.


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