PEERLESS PICK OF THE WEEK: UP DOWN GO MACHINE

Up Down Go Machine's punchy but delicate folk melodies distinctly define their stripped back, acoustic guitar led sound. Hailing from Wales, Lincolnshire and Kent, the band are breaking the London live music scene, having played at staple mark venues including The Old Queens Head, 93 Feet East, Tooting Tram & Social, Cargo and The Bedford to name a few. Up Down Go Machine performed at the 2012 Olympic Games and from this show were invited to play two Paralympic Games shows and the V.I.P Tent. The band also graced the BBC Introducing Stage of SO Festival.

Up Down Go Machine's unashamedly heartfelt and direct lyrics, fused with catchy percussive elements and their high energy performance, produce an interactive and infectious performance. The band note some of their influences as Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, Jeff Buckley and Ray LaMontagne.

The encompassing ambience of Up Down Go Machine's latest single 'Gambler', creates an understated, theatrical twist on the country-rock sound. From the first chord, 'Gambler' sends a drifting chill that resonates through the listener, with the huge dynamics punching through to the core.

BBC's Tim Johns sums the passion that makes Up Down Go Machine with the following.

"One of the best things about my job is finding artists who have that special something. It's like striking gold - you quickly look around to check no-else has seen it yet. Up Down Go Machine are one of those acts. Beautiful songs, perfect performance and strong, powerful vocals, not only do they have everything they need to go far, but they're a pleasure to deal with."

Catch Up Down Go Machine this Tuesday 24 October at O2 Ritz Manchester, and be sure to keep an eye out for shows near you. This is one you won't want to miss.

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