IT’S GONNA GET LOUD: The Trez Maschine Story
Earthquakes, surfboards, gold, and technology symbolize the pioneer spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area. Visionary artists and music legends, from jazz to punk to psychedelia, constantly re-invent boundaries of style and music. From this genre-fusing playground comes Trez Maschine.
“Punkadelic” is a more precise term for the music of Trez Maschine, The hard-edged power trio plays with “a mechanical tightness, like three machines,” like happy engines with human souls. TM draws comparisons to the progressive rock wavelengths of Queens of the Stone Age, Primus, King Crimson, Rush, and Oingo Boingo. After a string of well-received concerts and recordings, Trez Maschine have found their own platform.
Guitarist/vocalist Gorden Mack first gained eminence with the acclaimed “slowcore” band, Red House Painters (RHP), whose music has appeared in several film soundtracks while they were signed to 4AD Records (the British label noted for it’s roster of trailblazing alternative rock artists). With RHP, Mack pioneered his brand of “guitar-scaping,” a rich blend of melodic dexterity layered with inventive effects. In Trez Maschine, Mack’s aural explorations go forward with speed and technicality.
Fast forward to an ad in BAM Magazine that connected Mack with Red House Painters. That band successfully rode the wave of venturesome grunge and alternative rock of the 1990s, taking Mack overseas and stretching his abilities and his palette.
RHP folded in 2001, and Mack entered an acoustic phase. Years later, he was back on electric, auditioning for band with “a slapping, tapping, noise-effecting punk bassist along the lines of Les Claypool. That was Brian Kenney.”
A South Bay native, Kenney’s travels have taken him from the Bahamas to the Berlin Wall. He says, “After I was born, it was rumored I was left on a door step in a guitar case. I have no doubt that I my place in this world is to create music.”
An exceptional bassist, Kenney’s bass role models include Bootsy Collins, John Entwistle, and Geddy Lee.
Kenney trades lead vocals and songwriting with Mack. They are joined by self-described “mountain man” from the South Bay, Kyle Malone.
Coming from a musical family. Malone’s ears were opened by Tool, Oingo Boingo, and Metallica. “The song ‘Fade To Black’ always sticks out. It was dark music during dark times as a teen. That song actually helped me out.”
Malone has played for a succession of bands and toured the country. His resume includes psychobilly (Ghost Town Hangmen) and hard rock (Five Against One). After becoming a fixture on the Santa Cruz punk scene, Malone met Kenney and went on to perform together in various bands, sharing the stage with NOFX, Reverend Horton Heat, and Suicidal Tendencies.
Since 2014, Mack, Malone, and Kenney have welded their musical vocabularies together for the well-oiled sonic mechanism now known as Trez Maschine. With three-part harmonies and dazzling musicianship, new recordings are being readied. The band continues to grow an excited fan base with their precision-wound set list and the promise of powerful music.