Machine Girl is an American electronic music duo hailing from Brooklyn, New York. They are famous for their aggressive and experimental approach to electronic music, blending elements of breakcore, punk, and noise into their distinctive sound. Since their formation in 2012, they have released a steady stream of critically acclaimed albums and EPs, earning a dedicated following in the underground music scene.
Early Career and Formation
Matt Stephenson and Sean Kelly formed Machine Girl in 2012, both of whom were involved in the underground music scene in Brooklyn. They began by experimenting with breakcore and noise music, drawing inspiration from artists like Venetian Snares and Merzbow. They quickly gained attention for their high-energy live shows, which often involved Kelly performing in a full-body tiger suit.
Musical Style and Influences
Machine Girl characterizes its music with a frenetic pace, distorted soundscapes, and unpredictable song structures. They draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including punk, metal, and hip-hop, as well as experimental electronic music. They have cited artists such as Death Grips, Atari Teenage Riot, and The Prodigy as major influences on their sound.
Notable Releases and Critical Reception
Machine Girl has released several albums and EPs over the years. Each showcases their unique blend of electronic music and punk attitude. Their 2018 album “The Ugly Art” continued this trend, with critics hailing it as their most fully realized work yet. Their 2020 album “U-Void Synthesizer” received critical acclaim, with critics praising its “relentless energy” and “unapologetic intensity.”
Live Performances and Tours
Machine Girl is famous for their high-energy live shows. These shows often involve Kelly donning a full-body tiger suit and Stephenson manipulating an array of electronic equipment. They have toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. They have performed at venues ranging from small DIY spaces to major festivals like Coachella and Primavera Sound.
Machine Girl’s aggressive and experimental approach to electronic music has made them one of the most exciting and innovative acts in the underground music scene. With a dedicated following and a growing reputation for their intense live performances, they are poised to continue pushing the boundaries of electronic music for years to come.