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MP3 Sand Machine - The Difference Is

Genuinely creative songwriting with harmonies in a sparse, raw rock idiom.

11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, ROCK: Roots Rock

Sand Machine is:

Jeremy Bates - guitar, vocals
Dave Hepburn - vocals, drums
Jay Hepburn - vocals, guitar
Emmett Witchel - bass

It''s been said that Sand Machine sounds like some kind of cross between Cake and Neil Young. Clearly they''re influenced by The Beatles and other rock bands that emphasize songwriting and vocal harmony. The songwriting and vocal harmony are for the most part by twins Jay and Dave Hepburn whose voices are different enough to be distinct yet close enough to be eerie.

The band called a radio they had been bringing to the beach for many years "Sand Machine" because it was filled with sand to such a degree that if you opened the CD player and turned the radio upside-down sand came pouring out. Yet it still worked. Inspired by its persistence and dedication to music, the band named themselves after it (and that has made all the difference).

From a driving stomp to a trudging waltz, Sand Machine songs are diverse both in musical treatment as well as content. Tracks off their new CD The Difference Is range from the social commentary of "File Under Clothes Considered" and "W. B. Spanish" to the story-telling of "Something in the Night" to the emotional revelation of "Fantasy and Farewell." Sand Machine manages to blend wry witty humor with an almost sinister earnestness to create a rock that paradoxically is challenging multi-layered complexity within basic accessible sound.

In November 2002 Sand Machine upped the ante and released a full-length album, The Difference Is, recorded with 2-Time Boston Music Awards Producer of the Year, Dave Minehan (Paul Westerburg, Neighborhoods) at Woolly Mammoth Sound, who called them "the most haunting and confounding band I''ve ever recorded."

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