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New Machines

In 1998 guitarist Eric Bair AKA Blair wrote a song entitled "I Love My Machine'.  This song would later be the inspiration for the jazz/punk/pop hybrid New Machines.  Eric was influenced by jazz artists John Coltrane and Miles Davis and punk rockers like The Stooges and Television.  Eric recruited saxophonist Sam Krall and drummer Jayant Thomas soon after, and the band began playing live shows in and around Toledo, OH in 2000.  The band's blend of jazz, punk, and pop caught the attention of other bands around the Midwest and soon resulted in gigs in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Columbus in 2001.  By 2007, New Machines' single "Metropolis" was featured on the soundtrack for the PBS TV series Roadtrip Nation along with tracks from artists Of Montreal and Brett Dennen.  The band made an appearance on the cable TV network FUSE a few years later, and their instrumental track "Shielded" was featured on PBS and the Turner SUperstation cable network in 2009.  New Machines has played with a wide variety of artists such as Steve Conte, guitarist for the reformed punk/glam rockers New York Dolls and indie rockers Wussy.  Having played mostly clubs and several music festivals during its tenure, the band ventured beyond traditional venues to play Chicagoland's Six Flags theme park in 2011.  New Machines has been rockin' for a decade and a half and looks forward to new musical opportunities for years to come.

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