Machines of Man is a prog metal quintet hailing from Salt Lake City, who recently released their debut single "Fractals," produced by Jamie King. The band is currently putting final touches on their debut album, and about this we talked with singer Austin Bentley.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how's life?
Life’s good! It’s starting to warm up around home, which makes me anxious to get back up into the mountains again.
Speaking of new music, you have a single titled “Fractals.” What can people expect from it?
From a sort of conceptual point of view, Fractals is the idea of taking a step back and examining yourself, or more-so the idea of yourself. The thing that makes you, well, you. Call it the ego, spirit, whatever you want, but truly becoming aware of oneself and one’s own mortality can be a totally remarkable, and yet also absolutely horrifying experience. Am I me? Do I even exist? The song represents acknowledging those unknowns, those fears, those walls, and accepting that those elements have always been there in your life, with or without you knowing it. Change comes and goes, we’re just along for the ride.
I suppose that “Fractals” is an introduction to your debut full length album. Do you have a release date for it?
There is absolutely an album, and Fractals is the last track. We haven’t officially set a date, but are aiming for a release this summer of 2017.
What was it like working on the album?
Working on this album was a surreal experience. I have known everyone in this project for many years, so not only is there a strong sense of family in the band, the musicianship and dedication to the material is totally humbling to me. Each song has grown from an abstract idea into an illustration of complex thought, and self. I’ve never found something more fulfilling in my life.
Are there any touring plans?
In the works! We’re hoping to stretch out around the western US region, see some new faces, some old, in late 2017 or early 2018.
Who and what inspires you the most?
The people that inspire me the most are the ones who have passion. True, unfiltered, undying passion for what they do. I know that’s super cliché to say, the whole “follow your dreams” coin. Really, it’s been said. But to hear someone say that, and feel it, are two totally separate things. As I grow older and see friends being caged into complacent lives, it is the ones that hang on to their creativity, their artistry, and their drive that really inspire me to keep moving.
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
I try to listen to as broad a spectrum of genres that I can. I never want to limit myself to any kind of ideology of what good music should be, but I do think I tend to fall more towards metal naturally. However! I love and should mention artists and projects such as David Maxim Micic, Plini, Devin Townsend, Sianvar, Eidola, Between the Buried and Me, that kind of thing! I definitely think anything I listen to is going to have an impact on my writing, whether I like it or not!
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
Like a total self-preserving harlot, I would happily encourage any and all to come visit us online, or on the road. I absolutely love seeing new people, collaborating, and seeing fresh ideas. Thanks for your time.
Stream "Fractals" on Bandcamp here.