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band we are anymore. Every song on the record we’re working on at the moment has a different beat to it and it’s not even something we’ve purposefully tried to do. How did the name No Machine come about? Al: We used to rehearse at a studio in Reading called No Machine. I loved the sound of the name ever since I heard it (initially I thought it was spelt Know Machine). Then I really loved the concept when I understood what it meant. I guess it represents what we really love which is playing together in a band with real musicians. It’s about being real, natural, organic. Doing things with emotion. So tell us about ‘Toast The Toaster’..

tuguese red wine. But it’s very dark and depressing stuff. Most of the singers burst into tears at some point during their set. One cool artist that comes to mind that mixes Fado music with Electronica is a band called Naifa. Buraka Som Sised playing in a band tema is actually a really great band and We were really into they’re quite well known. They’re quite c and it went down Portuguese sounding and they mix their gs we played. When music with a lot African beats etc. from he UK we continued Angola (the former Portuguese colony nd our sound shifted where they have this dance called Kuduwith ska undertones ru). It’s a dance in which total strangers citing. We were quite meet each other on the dance floor and nting with different do this really sexy, full contact dance. of our songs started es… We like to call I mostly listen to music that’s produced in elic pop’. We like to the UK or the US and quite a bit of stuff that has an edge to that comes from Sweden and Denmark.

e, you have also ce in Portugal and ve countries music our sound?

much Greek music definitely influenced en to a lot of it when y melodic. 90% of it o avoid writing songs bout 50% of it is still ay or another.

Had the two of you worked in music before deciding to join a brotherly collaboration?

Emil: Toast the toaster is heavily disco influenced. We were listening to a lot of Nu-disco (DFA stuff etc.) two years back and really wanted to do our own take on it. “Toast The Toaster” didn’t come out sounding very Nu disco at all or even disco for that matter. It’s got it’s own great weird pop vibe which is great and our own unique sound. The word most people use to describe it is uplifting. And it really is uplifting. The video for toast will be out soon. It’s a really great animation video. I don’t watch that many music videos but it’s definitely one of the best music videos I’ve seen ever. And I’m not just saying that cause it’s the video for toast. Hear the single at www.nomachinemusic.com

Al: Yes. We’ve played in bands together since we were thirteen. Our first band was a punk band which became a ska band. Our second band was a ska band that become a Progressive Rock/ Ska guese music has in- band. much. Fado music is over a glass of Por- Now we don’t really know what kind of 17

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