In the most redeeming sense of the term “typical,” Stone Machine Electric is truly atypical. The Arlington metal duo of drummer Mark Kitchens, an architect and the father of two young children, and guitarist/singer William “Dub” Irvin couldn’t care less about “typical” or what’s expected. From Kitchens and Irvins’ live-recorded 2010 debut, Awash in Feedback, to their 2013 studio-recorded self-titled album to 2013.02.07 (recorded live at The Grotto) to their new album, the forthcoming Garage Tape, there’s a distinctly jazzy, DIY vibe at play. All of the songs on Garage Tape are improvisations. Not out of character for a jazz band, but for a metal band that specializes in walls of churning, thunderous sound, it’s pretty groundbreaking.
“I’m always open to anything,” Kitchens said. “I like crossing genres … playing with things to make them different.”
Kitchens and Irvin have been fine-tuning SME’s particular brand of stoner-doom since forming about five years ago. The two have been playing together, in one capacity or another, for nearly 20 years. The guys met at a random jam at a house party one New Year’s Eve. Their first band, Rustic Dog, became their second band, Dead Rustic Dog, which became Stone Machine Electric.