THE MACHINE FACTS:
Members: Joe Pascarell, Tahrah Cohen, Ryan Ball, Scott Chasolen
Genre: Progressive Rock, Pink Floyd Cover Band
Hometown: New York City, New York
Albums: Softly Spoken Magic Spells (1999); Till We Meet Again (2000); Two Nights at the Keswick (2003); The Machine Unplugged (2006); The Machine Live In Amsterdam (2007)
Other: Pink Floyd cover band.
In the world of prog-rock there are few bigger bands than Pink Floyd. Unfortunately, when they officially broke up in 1995, the band's swath of loyal fans was devastated. Luckily for them, numerous tribute bands have formed over the years that pay homage to Pink Floyd, and none are more well known than The Machine.
The Machine was founded in New York City in 1988, and is comprised of guitarist Joe Pascarell, bass player Ryan Ball, drummer Tahrah Cohen and keyboardist Scott Chasolen. The band started as a way for the quartet to play music they enjoyed, however when friends told them they sounded a lot like Pink Floyd, they decided to run with it. Though there has been a recent surge in tribute bands for Floyd, The Machine was the first, and critics have lauded The Machine for their striking resemblance to Pink Floyd's sound.
Perhaps the most significant reason for The Machine's success is due to the immense effort they put into their stage show. Pink Floyd was renowned for their stunning visuals almost as much as they were for their music. Whether it be recreating the visual aspects of songs from The Wall, or setting the atmosphere during tunes from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Machine has managed to form a rabid fanbase that stretches from the United States, to Europe to Japan.
The Machine has recorded numerous albums and DVDs over the last 20 years. In 1999 they released Softly Spoken Magic Spells, a live recording of their concert at The Wetlands in New York City. The record is well-known for the fact that the band played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety.
Throughout the next decade, The Machine continued to intermittently provide fans with new albums of their live performances, highlighted by the 2007 DVD release of The Machine Live in Amsterdam. In 2010 the band announced that a studio recording was in the works that would feature psychedelic remixes of Floyd classics.
While it is impossible to truly capture the essence that is Pink Floyd, The Machine comes about as close as possible. With considerable skills, a commitment to playing the songs as they were intended and a stage show like no other, the band continues to be a wildly popular act the world over.