Machines of Loving Grace
|Machines of Loving Grace|
|Origin||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Genres||Industrial rock, grunge|
Machines of Loving Grace was an industrial rock band from Tucson, Arizona.
Named for the Richard Brautigan poem, "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace", the band 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. 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 1995, Machines of Loving Grace released their third album, Gilt. This record was marked by an increased guitar presence. 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 "MegaMan Soundtrack". Furthermore, various mixes of three of their songs—"Perfect Tan", "Butterfly Wings", and "Lilith/Eve"—were featured on the '95 horror Devour. "Butterfly Wings" was also featured on the television show Due South, in the episodes Chicago Holiday and Flashback.
As of 1997, the band was working on a new record, but before it was completed the band broke up. This was precipitated by trouble at the label, and Benzel's desire to work on other projects, among other reasons. A new album was to be called Love Scenes at the Slave Market, but after a fruitless search for a label (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.
- Stuart Kupers*: guitar and bass
- Mike Fisher*: keyboards
- Brad Kemp*: drums
- Scott Benzel*: vocals
- Ray Riendeau: bass
- David Suycott: drums
- *Founding members
|1991||"X-Insurrection"||—||Machines Of Loving Grace|
|"Rite of Shiva"||—|
|1992||"Burn Like Brilliant Trash"||—|
|1994||"Perfect Tan (Bikini Atoll)"||—|
|"If I Should Explode"||—|
|"Golgotha Tenement Blues"||—||The Crow Original Soundtrack|
|1995||"Richest Junkie Still Alive"||—||Gilt|
- 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