New rock outfit The Beta Machine have shared the official video for their current single ‘Embers’. The song is the opening cut from the band’s forthcoming debut album, Intruder, and you can watch it above.
The Beta Machine are led by bassist, vocalist and keyboardist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl, and they also feature vocalist Claire Acey and guitarist/keyboardist Nicholas Perez. They recently signed a global deal with Andy Gould’s T-Boy Records and Universal Music Enterprises (Ume), who will release Intruder on 29 March.
The Beta Machine’s McJunkins and Friedl are well known for their roles in the rhythm section of A Perfect Circle. “Musicians’ musician” is a term that can be overused, but in the case of McJunkins and Friedl, it’s well-suited. Both accomplished and sought-after musicians, the two first rubbed shoulders when they auditioned for Ashes Divide, led by A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel.
As Friedl puts it, he and McJunkins would take material incompatible with their other collaborations and stow it away for then-mysterious future use. As the pair continued to work together, the creative energy started flowing freely. “We just had such a good rapport with each other,” McJunkins recalls. “The ideas flowed nicely. There weren’t any ego problems along the way.”
The pair put a name to the energetic, futuristic sound they were developing: The Beta Machine. But they wouldn’t be alone in their mission. They had already worked and palled around with vocalist Claire Acey (of Nightmare of the Cat) and guitarist and keyboardist Nicholas Perez, who both stepped up to join them for The Beta Machine’s line-up.
The Beta Machine has already toured extensively. A Perfect Circle’s recent arena tour featured the band as its only opener, with McJunkins and Friedl’s rhythmic engine revving through both sets every night.
The Beta Machine is on the road for much of 2019, bringing Intruder to cities across North America and Europe. The fledgling band’s next steps are significant and important to its founding members:
“It’s such a new project. The world is our oyster,” says Friedl. “We’re hoping that at the end of the day, we have a pretty vast, varied fanbase full of people who appreciate all the vibes we put on the record.”