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MORE MANCHINE THAN MAN BRING THEIR DANCE FLOOR FETISH TO FRESNO
More Machine Than Man makes industrial music in the vein of KMFDM and early Nine Inch Nails. Their 2003 album, Binary Sex, is composed mostly of remixes aimed at the industrial club dance floor.
The band is comprised of two members, Tasha and Tech, who share writing duties. Both members sing as well, and based on this recording and a Google image search, More Machine Than Man can fairly be described as the Sonny and Cher of industrial music.
The tracks are composed mostly of saccharine Reznorisms and swells of synthesized guitar and chorused vocals that often bring to mind Rob Zombie. More Machine Than Man have said in interviews that they don't believe in sampling other music but instead prefer to record all their own sounds. However, these sounds are consistently borrowed from industrial standards.
The first song, sung by Tech and titled "Why?" features lyrics included in the liner notes (next to a picture of Tech grabbing his crotch and grimacing). The refrain "Why can't you take a look at yourself / before you try and judge someone else?" reminds us that hypocrisy is bad. Somewhat more captivating are Tasha's lyrics, even if they don't quite seduce as designed. In a voice that sounds eerily like Madonna, she invites us to "bite into [her] sweet delicacies" while promising the "Ultimate Sensation".
Some of the tracks, such as the En Esch remix of "Want", are stronger- blighted, experimental, and even sexy, while still retaining menace.
Ultimately, the question that should be asked of a recording like this is: Does it make sense on a dance floor?
It does, and the dance floor is where Binary Sex belongs. More Machine Than Man will be bringing their multimedia live set/fetish rave to the (not licensed for dancing) floor at Tokyo Garden this Tuesday.
More Machine than Man play Tokyo Garden Tuesday, October 5 at 8:30pm. Local band TV opens. Tokyo Garden is located at 1711 Fulton Street in downtown Fresno. You find more about More Machine than Man at http://www.mmtm.net.