At the club last week, I was chatting with someone who mentioned the band Sister Machine Gun. I responded with “Oh, yeah, I remember them!” The mention of SMG made me think back fondly to the Wax Trax! Bands I loved back in the early 1990s when I was first getting into goth/industrial music. At the time, I had a copy of SMG’s Sins of the Flesh and loved it. I never heard much of their other material, though, for some reason.
Well, I decided to remedy that, so this week I’ve been listening to material from SMG’s albums Metropolis, The Torture Technique, and Influence.
And I am blown away. Speechless. This band is truly amazing!
Why isn’t a band of this caliber more well known? And more to the point, how on earth did I manage to overlook their other material for so damn long, even though I was listening to other industrial bands all along?
Chris Randall’s voice is irresistibly magnetic – it just drips with smoldering passion, emotional depth, and barely-restrained eroticism. It gets under my skin…it’s so deliciously hot and beautifully dirty. I’m particularly impressed, so far, by the tracks “Admit,” “To Hell With You,” “Everything,” "Temptation," and most especially “Disease,” the one I most love to dance to. That’s just a start, though – I’m going to get my hands on their old material and listen to all of it.
I love discovering new industrial bands anyway, but this particular journey of re-discovery is especially poignant and nostalgic for me because it hearkens back to my early college days, which are ripe with fond memories of finding my own sense of strength after some very trying times. Listening to this music helps to reacquaint me with parts of myself that have been in hiding for far too long, and it’s a joy to rediscover this in the context of such great music.
So now I have a new “old” addition to my favorite band list. I’ll have to make a point of thanking the guy who happened to mention SMG to me; if it weren’t for the fact that he mentioned them, who knows how long it would’ve taken me to get around to listening to them again?