Machinations were an Australian band who released three albums in the 80's, and had some success, particularly with 1985's Big Music
, which was followed by Uptown
The band's music was a mixture of New Wave, pop, and - eventually - a lighter dance style, with strong keyboards mixed with guitars throughout. Their frontman was Fred Loneragen, who in name and appearance didn't exactly scream 'teen idol', but that didn't seem to hold the band back at all.
This debut album includes the single "Pressure Sway", easily the best thing here. The rest of the material really doesn't amount to all that much, with little by way of melodious interest, instead focusing on mood and experimentation.
The opening, lengthy title track has its moments though, and "Jack" is pretty catchy as well (even if they do take a leaf out of The Ramones' book, with a chorus that states I’d like to taste some 1960's LSD
), but overall - even at just 35 minutes - Esteem
is something of a slog to get through, and the band's two following albums are infinitely preferable. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor