String Machine have surprise-released a new EP, Turn Off Anything on Again. It features three new songs: ‘Misfire’, ‘Out Loud’, and ‘I See You the Same’. Take a listen below.
Turn Off Anything on Again marks the band’s first release since last year’s Hallelujah Hell Yeah. “We took a little break from shows to get our feet under us again,” frontman David Beck explained in a press release. “‘Turn off anything on again’ is a memento to hush the rat race of being in a band to return to a patiently creative place. In the broader sense, it’s a memento to hush the hustles of our lives sometimes to savor the more important things.”
The new songs were recorded in a barn in the Allegheny National Forest belonging to Beck’s late grandfather. “Grandpa Bob passed away on New Year’s Eve 2022, so it felt like a spiritual thing to be there with the band,” Beck said. “We were surrounded by cowboy decor, he had dozens of saddles hung in the rafters of the barn where we recorded. No phone service, only a VCR player and copies of Meet the Parents, Star Wars: Phantom Menace, and Snow Day.”
He continued: “No phone service, hiking trails for miles. A swimming hole down the dirt road, miles and miles of places where you can close your eyes and only hear the wind in the trees. As the next year unfolds, we’re going to commit to the Bob Beck Barn being a sacred, isolated place for us to create and record.”
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