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Machine Head Premiere New Single “Circle The Drain” (Updated)


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Update: February 14th, 2020 09:07 AM:

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has since offered the following insight into the track:

“The song is inspired by an acquaintance of mine who returned from Afghanistan only to have his relationship fall apart with his girl. She had messed around on him, then got paranoid about him messing around on her, and drove him crazy. We had a conversation on Valentine’s Day and he said to me, ‘They were just circling the drain…’ The phrase struck me. A few days later, I incorporated it into the song I’d been working on.

It was a strange parallel with my life at the time, having recently had two band members quit, and even more bizarrely, two long-time couple friends of my wife and I, also divorced. It was breakup season, and it played out with friends taking sides, people not being invited to certain events anymore, social and emotional pressure, and all the typical stuff that happens when a relationship goes bad.

Watching this guy pull through it helped me pull through my own upheaval. The lyrics to ‘Circle the Drain‘ came out of that frustrating time. It’s a sad song about relationships gone bad, but accepting that it’s over, and making yourself move on.

I wrote it in a more metaphorical tone, as I didn’t want it to be about my life, but to be about anybody’s life who may be going through a rough time like that. It may not be a song that connects with everyone, especially those in a solid relationship.

But if the day ever comes when your life goes awry, this song will be a lifeline for you, something to help pull you up out of that dark place. The irony that he and I had the original conversation on Valentine’s Day, and we are now releasing it on Valentine’s Day isn’t lost on me. It really is the anti-Valentine’s Day song.”

Original Story:

Machine Head‘s new track “Circle The Drain” has officially premiered online with a stream posted below. The song’s origins date back several years with Navene Koperweis (Entheos, ex-Animals As Leaders) having been recruited to handle the studio drumming on the song. Thus far the band have shared two behind the scenes looks at how the track came to be, you can find them here and here.

Machine Head are out on the road now as part of their “Burn My Eyes” 25th anniversary touring with the below dates booked:

02/14 Detroit, MI – Crofoot (Tickets)
02/15 Chicago, IL – Metro
02/16 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
02/18 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre (Tickets)
02/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot (Tickets)
02/21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (Tickets)
02/22 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues (Tickets)

04/19 Zaragoza, SPA – Teatro de las Esquinas (Tickets)
04/21 Santiago de Compostela, SPA – Capitol (Tickets)
04/23 Oporto, POR – Coliseu de Porto
04/24 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu de Lisboa
04/25 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera (Tickets)
04/27 Malaga, SPA – Paris 15 (Tickets)
04/28 Murcia, SPA – Gamma (Tickets)
04/29 Valencia, SPA – Republicca (Tickets)
05/01 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz (Tickets)
05/02 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
05/05 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena (Tickets)
05/06 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof (Tickets)
05/08 Hannover, GER – Swiss Life Hall (Tickets)
05/09 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
05/10 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery
05/12 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
05/13 Sofia, BUL – Universiada Hall
05/15 Thessaloniki, GRE – Fix Factory Of Sound
05/16 Athens, GRE – Piraeus Academy
05/20 Kiev, UKR – Stereoplaza
05/22 Moscow, RUS – 1930 Moscow
05/23 St. Petersburg, RUS – A2
05/25 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
05/28 Stockholm, SWE – Fryhuset Arenan
05/29 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
05/30 Aarhus, DEN – Train
06/01 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36 (Tickets)
06/02 Utrecht, NET – Tivoliredenburg
06/03 Lille, FRA – Aeronef (Tickets)
06/05 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton (Tickets)
06/06 Birmingham, UK – Academy (Tickets)

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