By BRIAN BINGAMAN
They were playing reverent odes to Pink Floyd long before it was cool to be a tribute band.
Named after a memorably brooding song from that adventurous British rock group’s “Wish You Were Here” album, The Machine is bringing its seldom-performed acoustic show to Sellersville Theater June 28.
“We have done it for probably five or six years,” said drummer and founding member Tahrah Cohen. “And we do it infrequently to keep it special.”
Bucking their usual recreation of the ultra-theatrical Pink Floyd concert experience, for this acoustic show The Machine will eschew the light show, lasers, projections and video.
Though some songs immediately come to mind for the set list, going acoustic is an opportunity for the band to push the envelope and present the classics, Floyd-fan-favorites and obscurities in different ways.
“We can do some of the older material that’s a little less played,” Cohen said, mentioning “Burning Bridges” from the folk-tinged 1972 album “Obscured By Clouds” and the sprawling 1977 jam “Dogs.” On the latter, she said, the guitar solos are played on saxophone.
“Being the drummer of a band, you are the loudest instrument on stage. During the show, I have to be in control of the dynamics. I can bring the whole level down low. It’s very fun; it’s a nice change.”
With Ryan Ball on guitar, Scott Chasolen on keyboards and Adam Minkoff playing bass and singing lead vocals, the Rockland County, New York band has been together since 1988. Its own continuation of the Pink Floyd legacy has an important fan in one of Roger Waters’ sons, who has reportedly seen The Machine several times. “Roger has a home in New York and Long Island. (Father and son) appreciate what we do. We improvise and we’re not rigid (in the interpretation of Pink Floyd’s music),” Cohen said.
The Machine also seems to have an affinity with this area, performing regularly at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre, ultimately recording and releasing performances at the venue as a DVD/CD package. “We’re looking forward to bringing this special show to Sellersville Theater. We’re just happy to have this relationship with the Philadelphia area,” said Cohen.
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Machine’s acoustic Pink Floyd show.
WHEN: 8 p.m. June 28.
WHERE: Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave. at Main Street, Sellersville.
INFO.: Call (215) 257-5808 or visit www.st94.com.
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