The Secret Machines | 2008 Tour Dates

Secret Machines @ Park West

The Secret Machines were a band I used to fluff quite a bit before that shakeup in the lineup that lead to the departure of Ben Curtis, brother of other founding member Brandon Curtis. The third member of the band, Josh Garza on drums, stuck around with Brandon and the two are continuing to make music under the original band name. And for most of the past year or so, I believe they’ve been mostly in the studio with a few gigs here and there to road test the material. I’m not sure those shows really blew anyone away in the classic TSM fashion that fans came to know and love. I went to a few shows of theirs and they had seizure warnings posted outside the venue to warn fans of the strobe light usage. I can only hope they bring the same seizure-inducing stadium-sized psych rock back in the same way that they had it together in the beginning.

For anyone that has seen their recent material, drop us some comments to let us know how it sounded. Read on for the dates.

The Secret Machines 2008 Tour Dates

June 27 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
June 28 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
July 3 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Festival
July 5 – Kalamazoo, MI – Rothbury Festival
July 7 – Akron, OH – EJ Thomas Perf.Arts Hall++
July 10 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec Summer Festival
July 11 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center++
July 12 – TBA
July 15 – Canadaigua, NY – CMAC Perf. Arts Center++
July 25 – Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Festival
July 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room
July 28 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre*
July 30 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre*

  • aaron

    I’m going to try and get out to the LA show. I’ll report back.

    Another band thru livemusicblog that I got into. Loved the show with the original band on the “in the round” tour, then they broke up shortly after. I’m excited to hear the new material.

    I hear they are playing old stuff too…and my favorite “Nowhere Again” is featured. Can’t wait!

    (you rockin’ High Sierra yet??!)

  • aaron

    I’m going to try and get out to the LA show. I’ll report back.

    Another band thru livemusicblog that I got into. Loved the show with the original band on the “in the round” tour, then they broke up shortly after. I’m excited to hear the new material.

    I hear they are playing old stuff too…and my favorite “Nowhere Again” is featured. Can’t wait!

    (you rockin’ High Sierra yet??!)

  • Mike

    yea the Secret Machines played my college (Fordham University) about a month ago and they sounded pretty damn similar to the show I have from Halloween in 2006. I didn’t have the opportunity to see them with Ben, but the overall SM sound was definitely still there. It was a daylight set so I can’t speak for the lightshow but the highlight of the set was at least a 15 minute new song (jammed out no doubt). It was repetive but very dark and dirty.
    Bottom line: Go see them.

  • Mike

    yea the Secret Machines played my college (Fordham University) about a month ago and they sounded pretty damn similar to the show I have from Halloween in 2006. I didn’t have the opportunity to see them with Ben, but the overall SM sound was definitely still there. It was a daylight set so I can’t speak for the lightshow but the highlight of the set was at least a 15 minute new song (jammed out no doubt). It was repetive but very dark and dirty.
    Bottom line: Go see them.