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'Their lush, squelchy electro has mild undercurrants of funk and is
dressed up with stunningly ethereal guitar riffs'

"Deserves your attention.. amazing!"
Ally McCrae, BBC Radio 1

“Ones to watch”
Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland

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In person, Machines in Heaven only ever look cool by accident. They drink in a spit 'n' sawdust pub, tucked away where Glasgow city centre meets the affluent West End, a place that is, like some members of the band, still haunted by the dark side of 'Mini-Gotham'.

For MIH, the hype is consistently growing. BILLBOARD MAGAZINE named them as one of five Glasgow bands to watch, Scotland's most powerful music-industry people picked them to play T in The Park and their debut EP,Glasgow Jihad, via netlabel Black Lantern Music, had 7000 downloads within 2 months of its release. They feel fortunate - their confidence comes from being blessed with natural musical ability, though there's disarmingly candid humility mixed in with the unwavering drive forward.

The band have just announced their debut LP ‘bordersbreakdown’ is hitting the virtual shelves on March 14th 2014. This is a culmination of more than 2 years’ work, and it shows. Essentially an amalgamation of everything good they’ve ever heard, this surprising and ambitious record draws on influences as diverse as classic electronica (see Plaid and Aphex Twin), shoegaze / noise guitar (My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, Mogwai), hip-hop and R n B production (Timbaland, DJ Premier), and UK bass culture.

The LP will be preceded by single ‘Parliament is Made of Rice Paper’ in late February, accompanied by 2 exclusive special guest remixes. Remixes of LP tracks Be the Media and Metropolis will see the light of day following the LP release.

By way of a stopgap while finalising the LP, Machines have also been making minor waves as a remix act. Using a self-confessed ‘dadaist’ approach, each member works separately on their own interpretation, and then meet up in the studio to mash it all together in a beautiful, terrifying explosion. The results are unpredictable and never boring, as in their electro-noise interpretation of Casual Sex’s recent Bastard Beat single, the ‘F*** a Chiropodist’ mix of Burst Love by Glasgow rappers Hector Bizerk, and their unsettling, off-kilter version of celebrated Scottish songwriter Roddy Hart's Cold City Avalanche'.

All in all the guys had a great 2013: gigs at Glasgow and Edinburgh venues such as Nice n Sleazys, The Glad Café, Stereo, King Tuts and Electric Circus have been acclaimed by such respected blogs as Glasgow Podcart, Scottish Fiction and Almost Predictable. They’ve received radio airplay from Vic Galloway and Jim Gellatly, and coverage in respected Scottish monoliths The List, The Skinny and The Herald. And their crowning glory was surely popping their festival cherry at Kelburn Country Park, Wickerman, Doune the Rabbit Hole and, of course, the T-Break tent 
  at one of the UK’s biggest festivals, T in the Park.

Upon first meeting MiH, if your love of music is so pervasive as to be approaching something religious or psychiatric, you become an honorary member of 'Team Machines'. You will most likely end up feeding one or more of them, possibly providing a roof over their heads, and, eventually dating one of them until you become self-conscious about your ever-increasing laughter lines and sleep-deprivation.

To sum up opinion regarding their recordings and live shows, the consensus seems to be, "How good are Machines in Heaven by the way?" (In Glasgow, that's a statement - the highest accolade, and not a question.)

Machines in Heaven are:
Davey Gwynne (songwriting, production, keyboards, bass, guitar)
Greg Hurst (songwriting, production, keyboards)
Connor Reid (songwriting, production)

MIH give thanks to everyone who's helped them here

"this is dreamstep - an unhinged and inventive album to be loved and treasured, not just admired, and one of the finest to come out of Glasgow in many a year”
            The Herald

"depending on results of a certain referendum - Glasgow’s Machines In Heaven’s ‘bordersbreakdown’ will finish the year as one of either Scotland’s or the UK’s most intriguing debuts"
Clash Magazine

“show the potential to be a collective of larger musical importance”
            The List

“a record worth reaching to the sky for”
            The Skinny

"As good as anything Boards of Canada have done, and I'm a huge BOC fan'.
Martin Williams, The Evening Times


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