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Interview Eureka Machines

Tom Goodhand meets the local rockers as they release their debut album

Anyone who’s been out and about to gigs in Leeds over the past few years may well have seen Eureka Machines frontman Chris Catalyst playing in one band or another. He’s been something of a regular feature on the Leeds music scene playing in both local bands - like The Scaramanga Six and Dead Pets - and national touring bands - like Sisters of Mercy and God Damn Whores.

Alongside all this, he’s been writing his own material, which he’s now launching across the country in the form of Eureka Machines. “It was question of finding the right people to do it,” Chris says. “Wayne Insane - the drummer - and me started doing stuff about seven or eight months before we started gigging. Then we got Davros in to play guitar, who I’ve done stuff with in the past - it was like putting on an old pair of shoes, really good. Then the same with Steve [who plays in the aforementioned Scaramanga Six] when he joined as bassist.”

For a band who seem like they’ve been about for all of five minutes, they’ve already done well, having played numerous gigs all over the place, and already have an album due out on Wrath Records (a local label run by bassist Steve) called Do or Die.

“With the album,” says Chris, “Steve said ‘we’ve got to release this stuff, it’s really good.’ But I wasn’t sure because I’d done it and knew how I’d done it - it was all cobbled together really. It wasn’t like we’d paid thousands of pounds to go in the studio for a month. But I sat down and listened to it as a whole and thought, ‘this is actually really good.’ We recorded a bit more stuff and filled it out to make it sound more like an album, rather than a bunch of songs we’d recorded here and there. It’s all sounding great.”

The band may have risen fast, but that’s not because of any shady big business pushing them in front of the right people, far from it. “We are, pretty much, DIY,” says Chris. “We’ve got mates helping us here there. We’ve got an agent… that’s me. Our manager is… me. Our record label is our bass player, so it’s all in-house. So it’s really hard work, but that makes it more fulfilling when it works out.”

While the album may be a rather stonking record, the band really shine live, as Chris will happily tell you. “We play really good,” he says, “not wanting to be all Ocean Colour Scene or something, but I do think there’s a value to being able to play your instruments well. None of us are Steve Vai or anything like that, I’ve no interest in that - solos bore me - but we play great, and we look great and we’re all experienced enough to know what we’re doing. And we practice ten times more than any other band. Which is annoying, but good. It’s something we really, really work hard on. Invariably by the end of the practice all the other lads hate me, but then they forget why they hate me till the next practice, and then they hate me all over again. We all know exactly what we’re doing, there’s choreography stuff there, and it’s all a big piss take, but we totally mean it. But it’s also all a bit tongue-in-cheek.”

So now you know. If you want your rock thrills to come loud, but fun, riff-heavy, but also tune-packed, you could do far worse than giving Eureka Machines the chance to inspire you.
Eureka Machine’s debut album Do or Die is out on September on Wrath Records

Posted on Friday 22nd August 2008

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