Interviewed By Lisa Booth
PUNK GLOBE - Do you have anything to say to the readers & fans?
MACHINE22 - We’re excited to share our music with all of you and play shows near your homes. Thanks for listening!
MACHINE22 - We’re Machine 22, a rock band from Minneapolis. Jack Swagger (Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Percussion) from Apple Valley, MN, Ben Pelowski (Guitar, Backup Vocals) from Rochester, MN, Nick Pelowski (Bass, Backup Vocals) from Rochester, MN, Devin Farlow (Drums, Percussion, Backup Vocals) from Rochester, MN, and Karl Schmidt (Live guitar/backup vocals) from Belle Plaine, MN.
PUNK GLOBE - Tell us some history,
MACHINE22 - Jack Swagger played in the band The Soviet Machines for over 2 years. Ben and Nick saw Jack’s band open for Quietdrive on a few occasions and drew a liking towards the music. Eventually, Ben, Nick and Devin’s band, Spies, started playing shows with The Soviet Machines. Jack, Ben, Nick, and Devin got to become really good friends and Jack soon moved in with Ben and Nick and Machine 22 was born. We quickly learned a set of tunes and then headed out on our first tour not one month after forming the band. Karl joined the mix recently to give the band more depth for live performances.
PUNK GLOBE - How did you get to know each other, and how & when did you form The Band.. any funny memories?
MACHINE22 - We all first met each other at shows in 2008. Eventually our two bands (The Soviet Machines and Spies) started playing gigs together in the winter of 2008 and through the spring of 2009. Jack, Ben, Nick, and Devin hung out a lot during and after these shows and in time, formed Machine 22. Jack ended up moving in with Ben and Nick and the four-piece went on a Midwest tour in July of 2009. After four months of playing shows, writing, and recording the band began taking shape. Karl was the added to the line-up and the five-piece Machine 22 was complete.
PUNK GLOBE - Are you in any other Side Bands?
MACHINE22 - None of us are “in” any other side bands, but Jack recently toured with Quietdrive as a guitarist/back-up vocalist, and we all frequently jam with other musicians in the Twin Cities area.
PUNK GLOBE - What age did you all start to realise you wanted to play music and pick up an instrument - do you play any other instruments?
MACHINE22 - Jack started playing drums when he was four, he started playing guitar and writing songs when he was twelve. Ben got his first guitar in high school and taught himself how to play while listening to music, shortly after Nick bought his first bass so he could jam cover songs with Ben. Devin’s dad has played drums since he was young and got Devin his first kit when he was in the second grade. Karl got his first guitar when he was twelve years old shortly after the movie School Of Rock came out and saw it in school.
PUNK GLOBE - This one is to the Lead Singer. How did you find your singing voice. - ie: did you sing alot as a child who told you you could sing,?
MACHINE22 - I come from a background of singers (Father, Grandfather) and the first song I ever sang was “Hey, Jude.” My friends and family always told me I had a good voice. I got my voice by singing along to all the music I liked and eventually molded my own style out of everything that influenced me.
PUNK GLOBE - Back to the music, How & where can the Fans and Readers find you.
PUNK GLOBE - What are your Band inspirations through life so far, have they influenced your band/music in any way?
MACHINE22 - Music is our lives. We all listen to music everywhere we go and our passion is playing together. We like to have fun and try to find music in everything we do.
PUNK GLOBE - What Music are you listening to in the car or at home right now?
MACHINE22 - Jack: The Riverboat Gamblers’ To The Confusion of Our Enemies, Ben: Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, Nick: Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity , Devin: The Mars Volta’s Octahedron Karl: All Time Low’s Nothing Personal
PUNK GLOBE - What Bands did you grow up listening to?
MACHINE22 - The Rolling Stones, Brand New, Blink-182, The Beatles, Box Car Racer, The Who, Green Day, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley
PUNK GLOBE - Do you all contribute to the writing/music - Who mainly writes the Songs and Music.
MACHINE22 - The majority of our songs now were originally written by Jack for his old band. But as Machine 22 formed, Ben, Nick, and Devin added in their own style and taste on their respective instruments while in the studio and the songs evolved into what they are now.
PUNK GLOBE - Who would you like to do a Collaboration with if you had the chance. & Why?
MACHINE22 - Jesse Lacey because he is an amazing song writer and Brand New is one of the bands that really brought all of us together musically.
MACHINE22 - We felt as though we were finally “doing it.” This has been all of our dreams since diapers and we felt as though we were taking that next step to follow our goals and really make this thing happen. The recording process was hard, long, and incredibly addicting. All we want to do is record and release more music!
PUNK GLOBE - Where do you see your self in 10 years do you have any Big Ambitions?
MACHINE22 - The sky is the limit. We want to get our music out there so that everyone can hear it. We are all very ambitious people and hope our lives can be filled with music. It’s impossible to say where we will be in 10 years, but we hope to be playing music together for the next 50 years.
PUNK GLOBE - Please tell the readers about any Current Projects and News you would like to share, What can we look forward to from you for 2010?
MACHINE22 - Our debut CD will drop in April 2010 on DC Jam records and we hope to tour across the country after that. We will continue writing and producing new songs to share with everyone.
PUNK GLOBE - Thanks Guys for your time.x