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The Machine performing in Europe. Courtesy photo.
The Machine performs the music of Pink Floyd at Lowell Summer Music Series Friday, but don’t expect a run of the mill cover band.
Formed 24 years ago, The Machine is well ahead of many other bands that play Pink Floyd material, covering every era of Floyd.
The New York City-based band features founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), and long-time band members Ryan Ball (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals).
Pascarell recently announced that he is leaving the band he helped form to pursue other interests, so this will likely be the last time to catch him in the Mill City.
“Up until that point, all I thought there was was Beatles music, and here comes all these sounds I’d never heard before,” Pascarell said.
While he never intended to perform Pink Floyd music exclusively, his band was so good at it that The Machine was born.
Unlike Pink Floyd, The Machine performs without the assistance of a stage full of supporting players.
“We wanted to keep it a four-piece,” Pascarell said. “There are times we bring in people, like a female backup singer for Great Gig in the Sky or a saxophone player when we perform Dark Side of the Moon.”
That creates some unique challenges for The Machine.
“That’s the hardest part for me because when Pink Floyd toured they always brought along another guitar player,” Pascarell said. “I reworked the guitar parts to make them a blend of everything that is going on.”
While many songs from Pink Floyd’s catalogue are challenging, there was one song that proved to be the biggest challenge of them all — Dogs ( from the album Animals), was by far the most difficult song for Pascarell to work out.
“There are four unique guitar parts including an acoustic guitar with an alternate tuning,” he said. “Then two electric guitars in standard tuning and another electric with an alternate tuning. There are even more guitar parts than that, but there are four main parts. It’s by far the most challenging song we play.”
So why does he go through all the trouble to perform a song like Dogs?
“It would be easy to stick with the popular stuff but I just want one person to leave the show saying, ‘I can’t believe they played that song,'” he said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Machine performs Pink Floyd at the Lowell Summer Music Series.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boarding House Park, 115 John St.
INFO: Tickets $29 in advance/$35 day of concert. Visit the Lowell Summer Music Series website to learn more.