Of Machines

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Of Machines
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Post-hardcore
Years active 2006–2010, 2013–Present
Labels Rise
Associated acts Woe, Is Me, Lead Hands, Native Suns, I Create
Members Bennett Freeman
Jon Lugo
Michael Matejick
Mark Tanner
Past members Dylan Anderson
Wesley Hohensee
Austin Thornton
Loniel Robinson
Jasön Mays
Brent Guistwite
AJ Khah
Jake Hutchins[1]

Of Machines are an American post-hardcore band from Atlanta. Formed in 2006, the band was originally known as We Are Kings and changed its name in the year following its formation. The band signed to Rise Records during October 2008 and released its only album, As If Everything Was Held in Place, on March 3, 2009 before disbanding April 19, 2010. However, on January 19, 2013, after many hints that they were re-forming, released a video announcing they are "back together with the original line-up" (excluding the drummer, Austin Thornton) and where to release one last album titled Chroma Dreamcoat. In April 2015 following a statement on their Facebook page that their upcoming album wasn't to be completed due to the absence of vocalist Dylan Anderson, the band released two demo recordings to their fans.


Early years, Signing to Rise Records, and As If Everything Was Held In Place (2006–2009)[edit]

Mark Tanner and Dylan Anderson began their ambition as musicians during high school and were a part of a group named Bless Me, Ultima with friends of theirs until personal problems lead to the band breaking up. Following that, Tanner and Anderson collaborated again in a new band named Their Eyes Look North. Soon after another personal problem, that band too disbanded. A local search by a band named We Are Kings led to them discovering Tanner and Anderson and adding them to the roster of members. Before being signed by Rise Records, the band traveled to Chango Gridlock studios in Florida in an old van with a video recorder to document the making of their first EP as a new band. While recording its album, the band impressed several labels while selecting Rise, to which they were signed on October 14, 2008.[2] The first album, As If Everything Was Held in Place, was released on March 3, 2009.[3][4] After that, the band was almost constantly touring across the United States, supporting such bands as Attack Attack! and Burden of a Day.

Canceled second album and break-up (2010-2013)[edit]

On February 17, 2010, lead singer Anderson stated that Of Machines "might be taking a little hiatus/break for a while just get back on our feet but other than that, we're trying hard to write the second album." Unfortunately, on the same day Bennett Freeman left the band on an unknown cause.

However, on April 19, 2010, guitarist Mike Matejick said that Of Machines had come to an end after several line up changes and eight U.S tours.

"Re-establishment", Honor the Season Donation Fund, and "Chroma Dreamcoat" (2013-2014)[edit]

On January 9, the band released the statement asking fans, "If we recorded an EP, who would want it?". When an outpour of emotional and excited comments ensued on the status they replied "back with the original line-up", when many people asked who would be in the band. After many days of silence, they later on released a YouTube video explaining that Of Machines have reunited. The group also created a Tumblr Blog and are requesting $1,000 in creation for an EP titled "Chroma Dreamcoat".[5]

As of February 3, the band announced on their Facebook page that they now have at least $1500, and that they would soon be closing the donation fund. They also gave small hints on more information about "Chroma Dreamcoat", and who the drummer will be.

On February 12, the band officially announced that they had started writing new music for "Chroma Dreamcoat", and that the donation fund was closing in a week. On Facebook they stated:

"$2,006 on day twenty-three! Seven more days for last donations! This has been so amazing and such a overwhelming amount of support! Thank you so much! We have some really awesome things coming your way soon! STAY TUNED! xoxoxo"

On February 21, the band announced that they made $2,100 and that Wesley Hohensee (Native Suns, I Create) will be the new drummer on the album.

On May 26, they posted through their Facebook, that they would be doing a live video chat on Ustream at 9:00 P.M. (Eastern Time.) On that chat they revealed new information about the new album, including the fact that the album would contain 6-7 songs. They also confirmed that they were going to start touring, possibly with Native Suns.

On September 9, the band officially released a teaser of its EP on YouTube. The teaser also revealed its possible release time which is sometime in Winter 2013.

On October 10, the band released a demo from the new EP titled "An Autobiography in Vivid Color Pt. 2 (Demo)". A few days later it was removed from YouTube due to copyright infringement and the band stated on Facebook they had to change their name.[6] On October 14, however, the band reposted the song with the following message: "Back by popular demand! Please send ur love to Rise. <3" suggesting that the copyright issues had been sorted out. On January 25, 2014, they released a new song entitled "All Along The Greyscale".

Uncertainty (2015)[edit]

Early April 2015, the band removed its official Facebook page from existence. With no explanation, the fans were left to wonder and fear that their donations were run away with. On April 17, 2015, the official Facebook page was brought back up and they announced that the Chroma Dreamcoat EP is never going to happen as vocalist, Dylan Anderson, abruptly left the band with all of the fan donations under his name. The band is looking forward to finishing the EP with a new vocalist as the band had already finished writing music and recorded demos without a vocalist. In April 2015 the band released two demos on their Facebook page from the album.


Current line-up
  • Bennett Freeman - unclean vocals, electronics (2006–2010; 2013–present)
  • Jon Lugo - guitars (2006–2010; 2013–present)
  • Michael Matejick - guitars (2006–2010; 2013–present)
  • Mark Tanner - bass guitar (2006–2010; 2013–present)
Former members
  • Dylan Anderson - clean vocals (2006–2010; 2013–2015)
  • Wesley Hohensee - drums (2013–2014)
  • Austin Thornton - drums, programming (2006–2009)
  • Loniel Robinson - drums (2009–2010, currently in letlive.)
  • Brent Guistwite - drums (2010, currently in Cursed Sails)



  • "Things Too Visible to See" (2009, directed by Color Factory)


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