This Winter Machine
This winter machine are a melodic progressive rock band from the U.K. influenced by everything from Rush to Marillion, neo prog to British new wave.
They’ve been going for over 4 years and in that time have released two well received albums – ‘The man who never was’ and ‘A tower of clocks’ – and would have almost certainly already released their third, had it not been for this pesky virus mucking things up. Rest assured though… it’s almost here.
When Airbridge released their debut album way back in 1983 they could not have imagined that it would take some 38 years for the follow up album to appear. In those early days they were part of a burgeoning new Prog scene touring and playing prestigious venues such as the Marquee. A second album was planned but by the mid 80s the band had broken up leaving behind one cult and sought after album, and while two band members went on to form the band La Host, others quietly disappeared.
…And then, well, out of the blue, in 2013 they returned with an E.P. appropriately titled ‘Return’. An album was paramount in their minds and they played a select few concerts in Norwich and Europe, but sadly original bassist Sean Godfrey developed health problems and had to step down from the band, and so it has once again taken a little bit longer than expected. Sean is still there in spirit.
Becoming essentially a duo of original main songwriter, vocalist, guitar, keyboard and bassist Lorenzo Bedini, and the bands former sound technician turned drummer, percussionist, guitar and bass man Dave DowdeswellAllaway they are augmented on the album by Jason Crompton on Keyboards and trumpet, and Flautist Maddalena Pastorelli. Jason studied Piano at universities in New York and Michigan, while Maddalena studied the history of music and arts in Siena. They then spent seven years in Ramallah in Palestine teaching music and playing concerts before moving to Italy to teach and farm. With Lorenzo and Dave being separated by not only the pandemic but countries, (Lorenzo moved back to his native Italy in 2015), files were exchanged back and forth and the painstaking process of assembling an album began, and what has been created is a mini masterpiece.
The new album was released in October 2021