The Ghost And The Machine is a post-blues band, based in Vienna/Dresden. They were formed in 2015 and play rough and honest songs, intimate and untamed. They have a new release out called “Red Rain Tires”. As soon as I heard the style ‘post-blues’, I got quite curious and decided to give this one a go.
I happened to review “Red Rain Tires” on a chill and calm Sunday evening, which is the perfect timing for a release like this. “Post-blues” is the style of this one but there is also a little bit of indie or that ‘radio-friendly’ sound that we are familiar with. However, unlike the melancholic blues I know, this style that the band delivers is a bit more optimistic, which reminded me of a sunset that one sees on a road trip. The band speaks to the heart as the lyrics as well as the tunes are genuine; it leaves no impression that it’s forced or rushed. Just like the flow of a river in the nature, this album flows easily with its chill and calm atmosphere. The pace is rather slow, reminding us to maybe take it slow from time to time. In the rhythm, I could feel the meaning and emotions were hidden in the songs though, which adds a nice depth.
When it comes to the band’s sound, my musical highlight is definitely the nice harmony of the bass and the guitar. Normally one would expect the vocals & the guitar to be the highlight in a style like this; for me, the guitars spoke to my heart more than the vocals (Sorry Mr. Lechner!). Surely the vocals could have been a bit more passionate but this didn’t bother me much as the album flows and the band definitely delivers their vision and passion quite well.
“Red Rain Tires” is definitely recommended for those who like blues and even acoustic, ballad-like songs… Also for the ones who want to take it a bit slow from time to time. Get this one and let it flow!
Highlights: Falling, Passengers & Slaves, Scars
Andi Lechner – resonatorguitar, vocals
Heidi Fial – upright bass, vocals
Matthias Macht – drums
02. Dirty Mind
03. Blue Day / Yellow City
05. Passengers & Slaves
06. Complex Animal
08. Butterflies & Dust
09. Wrecks of Innocence