One thing is for certain about Maschina: they sure know how to play their instruments. All being U of M music major alumni, of course they didn't want to get together a straight forward rock band -- they wanted to see how far they could stretch the limits. The results are pretty off the wall with Purple Finger Syndrome, combining elements of funk, soul, thrash, jazz and a trumpet player who grew up on Miles Davis' Bitches' Brew. And with the addition of vocalist Seth Hitsky's ability to swing from soprano to baritone to screaming at the top of his lungs without any compilation, it's always hard to tell which direction Maschina are going next; but being unpredictable is good though. However, seeing that a big chunk of Maschina's live set is improvised, it seems that the band is limited with only what they can do in the studio. So yeah, Maschina are more of a live band, but at least Purple Finger Syndrome documents what these guys are about -- as well as adding to your curiosity on how they make their instruments sound anything like they're suppose to.
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AllMusic Review by Mike DaRonco