San Francisco's Punkadelic Power Trio
Earthquakes, surfboards, gold, and technology symbolize the pioneer spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area. Visionary artists and music legends, from jazz to punk to psychedelia are constantly re-inventing the boundaries of industry, style and music. From this genre-fusing playground comes Trez Maschine. “Punkadelic” is their term for the music of Trez Maschine. The hard-edged power trio plays with the mechanical joy of a well-oiled machine set loose to roil in the mud and put away wet. While TM draws comparisons to the progressive rock wavelengths of Queens of the Stone Age, Primus, King Crimson, Rush, and Oingo Boingo, their sound is uniquely their own. Trez Maschine has established their own brand to the Bay Area music scene. Guitarist/vocalist Gorden Mack first gained eminence with the pre-eminent “sadcore” band, Red House Painters (RHP) on 4AD Records (the British label noted for its roster of trailblazing alternative rock artists). They put out 5 albums, tored the globe and earned placement in several major movie sountracks. Gorden pioneered his brand of “guitar-scaping”, a rich blend of melodic dexterity and masterful use of dizzying effects. In Trez Maschine, Mack’s aural explorations drive forward with speed and alacrity without any loss to his attention to style and tone. When RHP folded in 2001 Gorden entered an acoustic phase, until meeting with Brian Kenney, a slapping, tapping, noise-effecting punk bassist. Brian lured Gorden to the hard side with his ominous pounding of insane rhythms that would make the likes of Les Claypool proud. Brian saw the possibilities of melding their almost opposing styles into this big sound. Brian, a South Bay native, cut his teeth jamming to the likes of role models Bootsy Collins, John Entwistle, and Geddy Lee. Brian and Gorden share songwriting while trading off on lead and harmony vocals. The two are joined by a self-described “mountain man” from the Santa Cruz Mountains, Kyle Malone. Hailing from a musical family, Malone’s ears were opened by Tool, Oingo Boingo, and Metallica. After becoming a fixture on the Santa Cruz punk scene with Brian Kenney in various bands and sharing the stage with the likes of NOFX, Reverend Horton Heat, and Suicidal Tendencies. Malone went on to play for a succession of bands and tour the country, his resume including a psychobilly band (Ghost Town Hangmen) and hard rock band (Five Against One). Since 2014, Mack, Malone, and Kenney have been welding their distinctly different styles into this powerful musical vocabulary that seamlessly jumps genres, divergently different, yet somehow harmonious.
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