Feb 18th 2015 The Melbourne Folk Club MACHINE TRANSLATIONS + BROADS
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Machine Translations is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and home-recordist J.Walker. Machine Translations’ music falls happily between the musical chairs of pop and art, incorporating guitar rock, eastern instruments, fragmented loops and sing-along choruses. In existence now for over 6 years, the musical terrain of Machine Translations has become rich and strange indeed, and the band is generally recognised as one of Australia’s most original music acts.
Machine Translations have released six full-length albums and an EP in Australia – the latest album being Venus Traps Fly.

Following his move to Melbourne, J.Walker has put together a wonderful live band featuring Electric Guitar, Drums, Bass, Violin and Samples which has been receiving rave reviews from the Australian music press. Machine Translations has toured Australia many times, both as a headline act and as a support for overseas acts such as Lloyd Cole, Spoon, Will Oldham, Teenage Fanclub, Catpower, Mogwai, Badly Drawn Boy and major Australian bands such as the Church and the Dirty Three. The band also completed a successful 7-week international tour in 2001, taking in North America, the UK, Holland, France and Germany.

‘inventive song-writing and dazzling studio alchemy’ – New York Times

‘J.Walker takes folk into the great beyond…and it’s very beautiful’ – Rolling Stone

‘fascinating listening…a must-see live show’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Broads are Jane Henry and Kelly Day, formally of popular Melbourne quartet The Nymphs. They released their debut EP in August, and have taken the Nymphs beautiful aesthetic and harmonies and stripped things back, adding acoustic guitars, and an almost old-timey vibe to the production and lyrics. The result is magic, as seen in this cracking video for first single ‘How To Make A Hero’