The Silver Machine doesn’t move through time in a linear fashion.
The intergalactic, shamanistic star children began their quest in 2012 at the visionary behest of drummer and central Savannah heroine Robyn Reeder.
An indelible presence within the Savannah arts community, Reeder, a 1999 graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design, drummer, and owner and operator of Civvies New and Recycled Clothing, formed in kind The Silver Machine with Tracy Cox-Stanton, Danielle Hughes Rose, Laura Easterling and Shelia Edwards.
They recorded a single album, “Standing on Bare Ground,” with Kevin Rose at Elevated Basement. Untethered from the perception of industry time, the album sat quietly for a number of years, awaiting a full public release. In October 2015, Reeder became the first member to pass from this plane, losing a decade-long battle to the demon of cancer.
Last year, The Silver Machine announced they had been signed to Alternative Tentacles, an independent record label operated by Dead Kennedys guitarist and vocalist Jello Biafra. They just released “Standing on Bare Ground” March 1. They will celebrate the record, Reeder and friends who have been part of the journey, with a release show March 23 at El-Rocko Lounge.
Here’s our interview with Cox-Stanton.
Do: As I understand it, you and Jello go way back? He expressed interest in signing The Silver Machine as far back as 2013? What prompted the delay, and subsequent signing and release this year?
Cox-Stanton: “I have been in two bands (The Causey Way and Pilot Scott Tracy) that released records on Jello’s label (Alternative Tentacles) in the '90s, so I’ve known Jello for quite a while, and had the idea that he might be interested in The Silver Machine. We actually signed with A.T. several years ago, but are just now getting our album out. The Silver Machine moves sideways through time, so the calendar works a little differently for us.”
Do: When did you record this album? You recorded with Kevin Rose at Elevated Basement, correct? How was that process?
Cox-Stanton. “Yes, we recorded it a few years ago with Kevin – Robyn (drummer), Laura (guitar), Sheila (organ) and Danielle (guitar, theremin) and myself (synthesizer)… We’re all on the recording, joined by a girls’ choir on a few songs. It was an incredible experience. And then my old friend Andy Baker mixed it in Athens, Ga., and Taipei, Taiwan, where he now lives.”
Do: Have you played together since Robyn’s passing?
Cox-Stanton: “Robyn is the first of us to move on to another realm, and the band itself was born out of her fearless adventuring. We haven’t played yet without her. …We’re imagining some merrymaking that will honor her memory and celebrate this thing that we created together.”
Do: The Silver Machine is heavily inspired by Hawkwind, as I’ve read; what were some of the key foundations of the music you made together?
Cox-Stanton: “The band’s name comes from Hawkwind’s hit song. While we don’t really sound like Hawkwind, I hope that our music conveys a similar feeling — that feeling of audacious exploration, willingness to go out on a limb (or a supernova in our case), with a heavy dose of pageantry and spectacle. It was actually Hawkwind’s dancer, Stacia, who most inspired us. Her presence conveyed the bravery and vulnerability that motivated us, as well. I had the great fortune of getting to know her and sharing our music with her, and I’m proud to say she’s become our No. 1 fan!”