Origin: San Diego, California, USA  
Genres: Alternative Metal
DISBANDED
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Last update/review: August 14, 2003

The God Machine

An interesting trio from the early nineties, The God Machine originated in San Diego, then decided to move to London, where they eventually signed to Fiction Records. A reviewer once described their sound as a cross between Janes Addiction, Kyuss, and Soundgarden, which is a reasonable description, as they don't sound directly like any of the three, but elements of each can be heard. This was truly a fascinating and unique band, able to effortlessly fuse almost tribal drumming, hard guitars and spacey atmospherics, with vocals both forceful (a la Perry Farrell, hence the Janes comparison) and soft and emotive. Their career was tragically cut short in 1994 when bassist Jimmy Fernandez passed away shortly after recording their second album, with the remaining two members deciding they could not continue. Guitarist Robin Proper-Sheppard later formed a differently-styled band called Sophia. This is a band well worth tracking down.

Last Lineup

Robin Proper-Sheppard

guitars/vocals

Jimmy Fernandez

bass RIP: May 23, 1995, brain tumor

Ronald Austin

drums



Discography


Purity  EP
1991 Eve
  1. Home
  2. The Blind Man
  3. Purity
  • Robin Proper-Sheppard
  • Jimmy Fernandez
  • Ronald Austin



Desert Song  EP
1992 Fiction
  1. Desert Song
  2. Prostitute
  3. Pictures Of A Bleeding Boy
  4. Commitment
  • Robin Proper-Sheppard
  • Jimmy Fernandez
  • Ronald Austin



Ego  EP
1992 Fiction
  1. Ego
  2. Temptation (Version)
  3. The Piano Song
  • Robin Proper-Sheppard
  • Jimmy Fernandez
  • Ronald Austin



Scenes From The Second Storey  
1993 Fiction
  1. Dream Machine
  2. She Said
  3. The Blind Man
  4. I've Seen The Man
  5. The Desert Song
  6. Home
  7. It's All Over
  8. Temptation
  9. Out
  10. Ego
  11. Seven
  12. Purity
  13. The Piano Song
  • Robin Proper-Sheppard
  • Jimmy Fernandez
  • Ronald Austin




Home  EP
1992 Fiction
  1. Home
  2. Double Dare
  3. All My Colours
  4. Fever
  • Robin Proper-Sheppard
  • Jimmy Fernandez
  • Ronald Austin



One Last Laugh In A Place Of Dying  
1994 Fiction
  1. The Tremelo Song
  2. Mama
  3. Alone
  4. In Bad Dreams
  5. Painless
  6. The Love Song
  7. The Life Song
  8. The Devil Song
  9. The Hunter
  10. Evol
  11. The Train Song
  12. The Flower Song
  13. Boy By The Roadside
  14. The Sunday Song
  • Robin Proper-Sheppard
  • Jimmy Fernandez
  • Ronald Austin





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