the Machine in the Garden and Deus ex Musica are proud to present Before and After the Storm, the band’s eighth studio album.
The eight new songs encompass the variety of styles — from goth rock to electronic ethereal — the band is known for. tMitG also tapped some of their favorite artists for three remixes on the album: Frances Byrne (Wench – www.wenchmusic.net), Falling You (www.fallingyou.com) and Miles Fender (Earth Calling Angela, Charlottesville – www.streetlightfarm.com).
The name “Before and After the Storm” has several different meanings for the band, but ultimately it has to do with the interweaving of music and events from different times in life and how much even a single event can change that life. This is evident from the selection of songs, some of which have their roots in music begun many years ago combined with more recent creations.
This time differential is also evident in the influences for the songs, says Roger, “I wanted to draw heavily from old-school/classic groups in the genre — get back to some “goth” roots — Swans, The Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division for example, but at the same time evolve those sounds into something current. But also newer artists such as Sarah Fimm and Emmalee Crane also played influential roles on other songs. Ultimately it came out sounding like tMitG, which is the point, really.”
Lyrically many of the songs also follow a theme, says Summer, “I looked to mythology and mysticism when I was writing the lyrics for these songs. I wanted to think about other cultures and their origin stories as a mirror of returning to many of our musical roots with this work.”
Before and After the Storm will initially be a digital-only release on the Machine in the Garden’s Bandcamp page tmitg.bandcamp.com on Friday, 24 June 2011, followed soon after by digital release on the iTunes Music Store, Amazon mp3 and others (via CDBaby). Before and After the Storm will also be released in the near future as a very limited, special-edition CD available directly from the band.
Additional information is available on the album's discography page.