The Grande Machine formed in January 2008 – Long-time collaborators Vic Champion and Robbie Dee had the intention of putting together a band that shuns modern convention and gets back to the basics of good old rock'n'roll: visceral, energetic, primal, and loud. Dee called on his old friend and fellow veteran of "the scene", Ernie Piccolo to play drums. The foundation was set.
While the new band was rehearsing, Mash Ando--who was singing with an act down the hall--was drawn to the tunes eminating from their studio. Champion, thinking Mr. Ando was there to audition, asked Mash if he knew the words to "Search and Destroy," by Iggy and the Stooges. He stuck around to sing it and ended up staying, adding the right voice along with the perfect complimentary guitar styling to counter Vic Champion's frenetic energy. The final cog was in place and The Grande machine was born.
Ernie took over on vocals and guitar in 2013 after Mash left town in search of a career as a longshoreman. Jet Diamond, a veteran of the Sacramento punk scene, was called in as a replacement and the eternal entity known as the Grande Machine continues to evolve in strange and beautiful ways. Ernie's powerful vocals and Jet's thunderous drumming add a new dimension to a rawk n' roll ensemble that fills each song and each gig with more hooks than your grandfather's tackle box.