Johannesburg’s Man As Machine makes a triumphant return with ‘4 BDs’
“This song has been sitting on the shelf for some time. It is one of the songs we wrote just before our incidental hiatus. With Man As Machine returning to relative stability, and having passed the decade mark since our creation, we decided it was high time to release something new.”
There are many words that could describe the strange genesis of Man as Machine. Some may say that it was a series of misfortunate events, while others may say that it was the opportunistic circumstances of the ‘Do Band Up’ shambles that brought the band together. Perhaps it was the mercurial workings of fate or the embattled paths of rock n’ roll that brought this quartet together. Nevertheless, and if the end justifies the means, after a short break it’s safe to say that Man as Machine is back with their blazing new single ‘4 BDs’.
Man as Machine has established itself as a heavyweight on the South African alternative music circuit. They have distinguished themselves from their counterparts by producing music that stubbornly refuses to be wrapped up in a box. The music is a fluid concoction of countless musical influences that seamlessly epitomizes the soul of rock n’ roll whilst deftly touching on the unmistaken heritage of blues and country. Similarly, as a quartet, the band combines the maturity of a formal music background with a rambunctious uninhibited love for their music.
To match their distinct and original take on rock n’ roll, Man as Machine delivers a relentless live performance. Their stage presence, audience engagement and high levels of ceaseless energy leaves audiences rattled and excited as if they watched a nuclear explosion without their UV specs on. The band wanted to capture this with the video for 4BDs, which was filmed and edited by Chris Preyser at their recent opening slot with American rock giants Crown the Empire.
“The video is our attempt at showcasing Man As Machine’s live performance energy.“