Machines of Loving Grace

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Machines of Loving Grace
OriginTucson, Arizona, United States
GenresIndustrial rock
Years active1989–1997

Machines of Loving Grace was an industrial rock band from Tucson, Arizona best known for their song "Butterfly Wings".



Named after the Richard Brautigan poem "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace", Machines of Loving Grace formed in 1989. The original lineup consisted of Scott Benzel (vocals), Stuart Kupers (guitar and bass), and Mike Fisher (keyboards), with Brad Kemp (drums) added shortly thereafter. They recorded a demo and were picked up by Carrboro, North Carolina-based Mammoth Records in 1991. The band was unable to re-record their material for their eponymous debut album, as the label released their demo as it was recorded.


Two years later, the band released Concentration. It continued their signature sound but was more refined in the combination of beat- and bass-heavy riffs, with hard-edged guitar.[clarification needed] With the release of two videos, the band was able to get national-level MTV airplay, and join in the industrial rock wave that was ushered in by Nine Inch Nails.

In 1994 they recorded a new song, "Golgotha Tenement Blues", for the soundtrack to the film The Crow.


In 1995, Machines of Loving Grace released their third album, Gilt. This record was marked by an increased guitar presence and a darker overall tone than Concentration. It was produced by Sylvia Massy and recorded at the Indigo Ranch studio in Malibu, California.

New band members included David Suycott (formerly of Stabbing Westward and Spies Who Surf) on drums, Ray Riendeau (bass) and Tom Coffeen (guitar). A remix of the song "Richest Junkie Still Alive" was included on the soundtrack to Hackers. The song "Tryst" was released on the ill-fated Mega Man soundtrack.

That year, various mixes of three songs from Concentration — "Perfect Tan", "Butterfly Wings", and "Lilith/Eve" — were featured in the horror film Devour. "Butterfly Wings" was also featured on the television show Due South, in the episodes "Chicago Holiday" and "Flashback".

Break up–present[edit]

As of 1997, the band was working on a new record, but the band broke up before it was completed. Among other reasons, this was precipitated by trouble at the label and Benzel's desire to work on other projects.[citation needed] A new album was to be called Love Scenes at the Slave Market, but after a fruitless search for a label, as Mammoth was in the process of being sold, the project was abandoned.

As of 2006, Benzel is involved with an electronic band called Soulo. Mike Fisher is currently with Amish Rake Fight.

In 2008, "Butterfly Wings" from 1993's Concentration was featured on the soundtrack of the motion picture Punisher: War Zone.





Year Single US Alt Album
1991 "X-Insurrection" Machines Of Loving Grace
"Rite of Shiva"
1992 "Burn Like Brilliant Trash"
1993 "Butterfly Wings" 13[1] Concentration
1994 "Perfect Tan (Bikini Atoll)"
"If I Should Explode"
"Golgotha Tenement Blues" The Crow Original Soundtrack
1995 "Richest Junkie Alive" Gilt
"Suicide King"

Music videos[edit]

  • "X-Insurrection"
    • Directed by Kevin Borque
  • "Butterfly Wings"
    • Directed by Julie Hermelin
  • "Perfect Tan (Bikini Atoll)"
    • Directed by Julie Hermelin
  • "Golgotha Tenement Blues"
  • "Richest Junkie Still Alive"
    • Directed by John Reece


  1. ^ "Machines Of Loving Grace - Chart History".

External links[edit]