The Flux Machine - 'Louder' (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 03:00

The Flux MachineWell, where in god's name did this little gem of an album spring up from?


New York alt-rockers The Flux Machine are the brainchild of Luis Accorsi and producer Raphael Sepulveda. The press blurb namechecks The Stones, The Ramones and The Foo Fighters, not unusual for a press release, but the unusual thing is they sound nothing like those bands...nothing at all. The blurb also name-checks venues such as The Bowery Electric and Arlene's Grocery and throws around the term 'Punk' like they are the (new) New York Dolls. They are not, and I don't mean that in a bad way. You see 'Louder' is a very fine album, a very fine album indeed but it's not what I was expecting.


By the look of the cover and the press release I was expecting a laid back Stones-a-like album, I had a good feeling, maybe a Ju Ju Hounds vibe or a Georgia Satellites groove. As I relaxed with a JD Honey and pressed play I was not expecting opener 'Run Away' to blast from my speakers like the bastard son of Velvet Revolver and My Chemical Romance that's for sure. I like surprises, I sure do and with it's "na-na-na-na" refrain and sense of urgency, it's a welcome surprise.



You see 'Louder' is firmly rooted in modern day arena rock, big guitars and bigger choruses, the title track is a prime example, Fans of Velvet Revolver and Beautiful Creatures will find much to shout about. But there's other influences creeping about too. 'Square Up' with it's tribal beats and skulking vocals comes on all Marilyn Manson in the verse and Scott Weiland in the chorus with some great harmony vocals going on, this is quality indeed.


And the quality doesn't stop there. 'Toxic Love' is a masterful slice of sleazy power pop with a killer chorus and the over catchy 'Love and Affection' veers into old school Def Leppard territory at times, another great chorus going on.


Accorsi and Sepulveda have certainly hit a groove and managed to find a way to mix various styles into their arena rock without it sounding out of place. So while the cool 'Jack, Jim & Johnny' takes a bluesy riff, adds sweet harmonica then rocks it up nice and sleazy, the more trippy love song 'Believe' will then lower the tempo, power ballad style.


'Mess You Up' is as punk rock as it gets, with Accorsi singing "I'm gonna mess you up" as the music crashes all around him, sonic boom bass effects and heavy guitars in the breakdown add to the cool factor and sound awesome with the volume up.


The magnificent 'Hate Love' closes the album in style. Glammed up for the late twenty tens, The Flux Machine camp it up in style, like if Marc Bolan or The Sweet had been stomping their stack heeled boots about in the modern rock 'n' roll world.


With the whole album being written and performed by the duo, they do a great job of sounding like a band and it's a band I would like to see live for sure.


'Louder', is slick, it's modern and infectious and it's up there with all their contemporaries. The Flux Machine are vying for your attention and 'Louder' deserves to be in your album collection, make it so.