The duo of Old Time Machine (Ryan McNally and Kyle Cashen) formed in 2009 for an art exhibition. In a fort made of cardboard boxes, scrap lumber, thrift store sheets, and chicken wire, the band’s contribution was that of a bluesman and a bedroom-based musician who were tasked to create works representative of long Yukon winter nights. Their full-length, self-titled debut was released to critical acclaim in their native Canada, and it saw it’s Stateside release by File Under: Music Records yesterday.
“Pouring Rain,” is the first single from their full-length debut, and in the video you’ll see that each member of the band is a virtually a one man band by himself – McNally sings, plays banjo, mandolin, ukelele, the kick drum and hi hat cymbols simultaneously, and Cashen plays drum machine, echo and pedal bass, floor tom, ride cymbal, snare and tambourine. The song manages to have an old time, country/blues feel while simultaneously having an atmospheric, ghostly feel.
The band will have four CMJ Festival sets while they’re in town – an October 17th set at the Bowery Electric; an October 18th set at Engine Room Studios; October 19th at Sofar Sounds (this one is a private show, from what I’ve heard); and an October 20th show at the Rock Shop.