Sometimes we listen to music that suits our mood, or to set our mood. We have all had those songs we play to get us set for a night out, or to relax and chill after a wild weekend. It’s not often, though that we encounter a musician or band that consistently hits the mark with every album and every track. Leeds based masters of Pop Rock, Eureka Machines, are one such band, and we have yet to find any reason not to listen to their music.
Eureka Machines Arrive – Do Or Die (2008)
Eureka machines set the bar in the first Album Do or Die, released in 2008. Leading into their first track, Scream Eureka, is a perfect display of perfect harmonies laced with a delightful Northern Twang. The musically astute introduction is pierced by a beautifully honed and edgy guitar riff, setting the uplifting mood for the rest of the track, and indeed the album. From then on, each track adds an attitude of tongue in cheek humour, uplifting riffs with a punkish/rock undertone and a frequent salute to procrastination and enjoying life. Our top three tracks for this album are “Scream Eureka”, “Being Good Is Okay, But Being Bad Is Better” and “The Light At The End Of The Tunnel”. In truth, though, it’s very difficult to pick a top three as the whole album is so good.
Eureka Machines Make Big Waves – Champion The Underdog (2011)
Champion The Underdog launches into the bounce-inducing and titular track, Champion The Underdog. The driving drum track, played by Wayne Insane, and ridiculously catchy riff grabs the listeners attention. The never understated vocals of Chris Catalyst kick in, extolling the virtue and notable names of underdogs. Seriously, any rock track that makes effective use of Fred Dibnah’s name is okay by us. If you listen to any other tracks we whole-heartedly recommend “These Are The People In My House, which, whether by intention or completely by accident, celebrates diversity in society, whether it be in student digs, or in a bustling city such as Leeds. Finally, the seemingly prophetic “This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The World” seems particularly apt in 2016, given the turmoil this year has seen in the UK and USA.
Eureka Machines Reach Trilogy – Remain In Hope (2013)
With an outstanding tribute the 50’s, bolstered by a stunning vocal introduction and underpinned by a crunchy, but recognisable 50’s guitar arpeggios, the album opens with “Good Guys Finish Last”. Next on the album “Pop Star”; a tip of the hat to the paradox of yearning for fame and fortune given the usual tongue in cheek treatment of Eureka Machines. Living in Squalor provides a different feel and sound to the album, with more of a punk influence but maintaining the upbeat signature feelgood factor of Eureka Machines.
Eureka Machines’ Latest Album – Brain Waves (2015)
Jump forward a couple of years, and a new album with a more Punkish influence. Brain Waves carries flavours of the American and British punk scenes whilst still keeping true with the upbeat pop-rock core of Eureka Machines, along with their signature vocal harmonies and “bounce around the house” brand of music. “Television” pulls heavily on a classically punk riff before breaking out in 50’s harmonies. “Neuro Bolero” kicks off with a choppy guitar hook before switching abruptly to a subdued, muted guitar and bass riff underpinning a simple, but effective vocal melody. “Welcome To Shangri-La” mixes powerful rock riffs with punkish guitar stabs. This blending of styles and influences from the whole sphere and history of modern popular music gives Eureka Machines their unique sound, expertly executed on their latest album.
Who are Eureka Machines And What Makes Them So Good?
- Chris Catalyst – Lead Vocals, Guitar
- Davros – Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Pete Human – Bass, Backing Vocals
- Wayne Insane – Drums
It’s no coincidence that Eureka Machines’ albums are so good. Driving Drum Tracks, catchy bass grooves, perfectly executed guitar riffs and stunning vocals and harmonies so sharp you could cut a copy of NME in half with one slice. Songwriting and musical direction are executed with joyful lyrics and a dedication to crafting good music. Where other bands seek to drive home some agenda, Eureka Machines revel in and focus on the creation of music that can be shared and enjoyed. Eureka Machines is definitely worth a listen, and should become part of the music collection of the gentlemen who enjoys upbeat and utterly danceable pop rock. Be warned though, deliberate listening to Eureka Machines will have you bouncing around the room and may cause outbreaks of good mood!