Machineheart @ Chop Suey
You never know what to expect with opening bands. Sometimes they’re mediocre, and sometimes, if you’re lucky, you end up enjoying them even more than the headliners.
That’s how it felt when Machineheart opened up for You Me At Six at Chop Suey in Seattle. Immediately, you’re drawn to the ethereal singer, Stevie Scott. At first, she seems shy, but with this enormous stage presence. And then when she begins to sing, you understand: She’s magical.
This entire band works together as one cohesive unit. The sound is soft and melodic. The drums, the bass, the guitar, and the occasional synth never overpower the other. And as Stevie glides around the small Chop Suey stage, you really get the feel for how this band operates. You feel it in your core.
Between songs, Stevie addressed the crowd. Her voice was quiet, sweet. She started by saying that they were a band from LA, then changed her mind to say that she was from LA, but that the boys were actually from Seattle. So that meant that for three-quarters of the band, this was a homecoming show.
The most special part, however, was when she described their music as “gentle stories”. It was the perfect description. “Thank you for letting us share our gentle stories with you all.” Thank you for letting us listen, Machineheart.
There’s not another band out there like them. They’re something else. The most powerful gentleness.