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Aquamarine Dream Machine / Press

"Des Moines' Aquamarine Dream Machine is a psychedelic jam rock band that are veterans of the Mews' stage. They have been travelling the Midwest for more than 4 years and have developed a reputation as one of the region's top jam bands."


“Listening to Aquamarine Dream Machine is the equivalent of a mental tongue twister. While the guys in the band might actually be sober themselves (they are not about excess while on stage), they are putting out a sound that cracks a proverbial hand grenade inside your brain... It's absolutely mind altering. If it is something that could be captured and capsuled inside a pill, it would immediately be commissioned by the state and made an illegal substance. Light Haze Rage... Didn't know there was a name for it. Now I do. Rich sure has a way of clarifying things. ”

“Aquamarine Dream Machine is a band that will literally sneak up on you. Dan and Justin are so smooth with their style that it seems that they play their instruments without the burden of effort. Like a hypnotist, you are put into a trance. Then, when you are comfortably floating through the cosmic seas of mental beatitude, they suddenly jack it up a notch, and suddenly you are fixated on the individual sounds of each performer. It's jaw dropping, especially when Dan goes off on one of his extended guitar solos. While Justin and Dan take turns punching you in the nose, Joe and Erik seep into your ears like an electronic waterfall which ebbs and flows against your conscience. Richard's drumming is the pounding wave that causes this give and take, relentlessly drawing itself into you as it takes you out to sea. The name is perfect. Together on stage they truly are a cosmic dream machine. ”

“The self-titled debut album from Des Moines’ Aquamarine Dream Machine is a thoughtful, welcome addition to the fantastic wealth of original music coming from the central Iowa Jamband scene. Aquamarine Dream Machine have been rocking out venues and festivals for 2 years, and what they captured on this CD definitely shows why they have a steadily growing fanbase and promoters eager to book them.”