Jen Simpson- Voice Alana T. Devee- Lead guitar Lexy Mack (aka sonic hands)- Drums, Voice Norelle French (aka dirt squirrel)- Bass, effects
Formed: April 2007 ***
Machetes formed as if by fate, fueled by the common craving for excitement and creativity. A whirlwind of coincidences drew each member together, dragging them from their respective spaces in the wide music landscape of Toronto. The beginnings proved to be quite proliferating, as the girls’ unique and diverse musical backgrounds clashed and converged, creating a mosaic of sound and imagery that injects passion and drive back into the limp, sterile body of rock and roll.
The integrity and glamour of Machetes comes out in both the music and their show- it’s the love child conceived by a massive orgy of music that includes Siouxsie Sioux, Love and Rockets, Iggy Pop and Black Sabbath- and that’s just for starters. Influences range from art-rock to brit-pop, punk/post-punk to glam, each member contributing equally to the overall look and sound. Playing weekly to overcrowded underground clubs and attracting a diverse crowd of dedicated followers, their shows are a delicate blend of mayhem, beauty and aggression driven by powerfully delivered songs.
To date, Machetes have shared bills with Woodhands (sold out, debut show at the Wrongbar, Toronto), Born Ruffians, dd/mm/yyyy and Semi-Precious Weapons, while releasing their first E.P, 'Too Dirty To Be a Rat", on Jan. 7. 2009, produced and recorded by Rob Sanzo (Signal to Noise Studios, Lioness, Controller.Controller, and more...)
Machetes are managed by Roger O'Donnell (the Cure, more..) -- Ten 55 Artist Management --- http://www.99songsoutof10.com/tenfiftyfive.html . Their first E.P, Too Dirty to be a Rat, is planned for official release Jan. 7. 2009, produced and recorded by Rob Sanzo (Signal-to-Noise Studios).
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Sunday. February 8.2009: Wavelength 449 with Sadie May Crash, Key Witness
Friday. January 23. 2009: Machetes with dead Sexy Sheila at the Bovine Sex Club. 9 pm $5
WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 7. 2009: RECORD RELEASE CABARET at the Drake Underground. 9pm. Featuring performances by Romo Roto, a machete juggling act by the Fire Guy, and hosted by Dylan Studebaker, the one and only Punk Magician. FREE! FREE!
Thursday. June 12. 2008: NXNE showcase at the Bovine Sex Club with Hell Ya Fuck Ya, Tracii Guns and more. 9 pm
Thursday, May 29. 2008: Silver Dollar Presents Machetes with guests Shitt Hott, Dead Sexy Sheila and DJ Dougie Boom @ Silver Dollar Room
Friday, May 2. 2008: Opening for DD/MM/YYYY @ Whippersnapper (part of the Over the Top Fest)
Monday, April 14. 2008: Opening for Born Ruffians C.D Release @ The Casbah (Hamilton)
Thursday, April 3, 2008: Opening for Woodhands @ Wrongbar
First Machetes Gig @ Wrongbar By: Trevor Roberts Date: Apr. 3. 2008
Machetes @ Grateful Head (rehearsal space) By: Trevor Roberts Date: Jan. 19. 2008
Machetes In a Word and the Difference
Machetes' E.P Release Party @ The Drake Hotel - Fi Fi
Machetes' E.P Release Party @ The Drake Hotel - Ace
Machetes at NXNE - "The Difference"
Machetes at NXNE - "Black Leather"
Machetes at NXNE - "Filth" and "Schizo (The Young Undone)"
Machetes- Love in a Void (Live at the Silver Dollar)