About

The Essential Machine Story

Essential Machine is an indie rock trio from Pittsburgh composed of RJ (lead vocals/guitar), Kare (drums), and their son Robert (keys/bass synth/vocals).  An unexpected perk of being a nuclear family band is that when the world shuts down, you can shelter in place together and write a new album. This is how Essential Machine’s latest EP Exponential Crisis came to be. After tracking drums with Jake Hanner at his studio, RJ and Robert tracked, mixed, and mastered Exponential Crisis. The seven tracks, set for release May 20, 2022 from Lemon Tree Records, find the band reflecting on isolation, ambition, and the darker side of what it means to be human.

 

 


 

Almost Outta Here

Oct8

Essential Machine @ Elephant Talk Indie Music Awards Show

Elephant Talk Indie Music Awards Show, Hamilton Township, NJ

The 13th annual elephant talk indie music awards will take place on Saturday October 8th at the watering hole in mays landing, NJ
It’s a celebration of our local ORIGINAL music community.

Schedule
(Rotating stages outdoor-starting with stage 1)

12-1-rivers of rhythm

1-130-the Grither

130-2-vector Zero

2-230-Estrogents

230-3-George Callahan music

3-330-JIMA

330-4-Alex Julia

4-430-Essential Machine

430-5-Astrophels

5-6-Laura Cheadle

6-630-Hello Luna

630-7-utter disregard

*sing happy birthday to Misty Lynch

7-730-second half comeback

730-8-mindless hope

8-830-the Looms

*award announcements

830-9-ARATO BROTHERS

9-930-communication Lost

930-10-The Goons

*final award announcements

10-1030-MEATPLOW

1030-11-Johnny germ

Indoor stage TBA (no backline)
1215-1245- Amadeus Fuscia
1-130-all systems go (acoustic)
145-215-the Spyders of HBG
230-3-bethany Aline
315-345-Knomad nation
4-5-autumn city (Audra & Aster)
515-545-Skylar Love
6-645-quasimodos bride
7-8-vertigo breeze
830-915-Jim Howell
930-1015-khalid Quesada

Oct9

Essential Machine @ Essential Machine w/ Tanglewood Revival and BadMotivator live at The Camel

Essential Machine w/ Tanglewood Revival and BadMotivator live at The Camel, Richmond, VA

Essential Machine brings their unique brand of Pittsburgh Indie Rock to The Camel! If you like synths, driving beats, and soaring vocals then this is the show for you!
http://essentialmachine.net
With special guests:
Tanglewood Revival
RVA jam-funk-rock infusion with a focus on original music.
https://www.facebook.com/TanglewoodRevival

BadMotivator
Bad Motivator is an intense rock band that threads "real life" lyrics with influences of pop, classic rock, and grunge into in your face sonic ear candy.
https://www.facebook.com/BadMotivatorRock
The Camel
http://thecamel.org

Oct20

Essential Machine @ Essential Machine with Frankie Master Live at The California Clipper

Essential Machine with Frankie Master Live at The California Clipper, Chicago, IL

Essential Machine Live at The California Clipper.
Pittsburgh based Essential Machine bring their unique brand of indie rock to Chicago!
Check out their latest music video here:
https://youtu.be/ayIVjOrTwWM

With special guests,

Frankie Master

Oct23

Essential Machine @ Essential Machine with MooseTooth live at Melody Inn

Essential Machine with MooseTooth live at Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN

Essential Machine Live at Melody Inn.
Doors at 7pm Music at 8pm
$5
Pittsburgh based Essential Machine brings their unique brand of indie rock to Indianapolis.
Check out their latest music video here:
https://youtu.be/ayIVjOrTwWM
http://essentialmachine.net
With Moosetooth
https://tothemoosetooth.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/MooseTooththeBand