Small Town Monsters: Karloff Green Vinyl LP
The Dream Machine

Small Town Monsters: Karloff Green Vinyl LP

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Label: Run on Records
Release Date: 12th July

If I may be reductive, Dream Machine are proper Mersey, even if you didn't know anything about them their sense of melody, the jangle, the beat, the sense of wonder, the romance and the cosmic all seem to be touchstones of what makes that part of the UK undeniably singular in sound. 

Small Town Monsters, the second full-length album from The Dream Machin, is
set to be released this April on Run On Records/ Modern Sky.

If 2022’s critically-acclaimed debut album Thank God! It’s The Dream
Machine… was their first and most wild child, then Small Town Monsters is its
refined younger sibling. The psychedelia, euphoric choruses, flashes of surf
guitar and B-movie references are all there, amongst the familiar reflections of
life in their beloved and faded seaside town of New Brighton, but this time the
wilder elements are controlled, the songs packed into three-minute pocket

Lead single Frankenstein is an anthem for the sugar-rush generation, an
infectious, rattling earworm that recalls everything from haunted rockabilly to the
sun-drenched melodies of Blossoms.
Elsewhere on the album, the pulsating surf-stomp of Cindy’s Eyes, a small-
town story of unrequited love, has a chorus to fill the most cavernous arena.
Produced by The Coral’s James Skelly, the album was partially recorded at
The Dream Machine’s rehearsal space, then stitched together in Skelly’s
Kempston Street Studios.

There’s a refined, more literary quality to singer and primary songwriter Zak
McDonnell’s lyrics; explorations of everyday life, teenage doom, B-movie
monsters, family turmoil, and coming-of-age tales in the familiar backdrop of life
in modern Britain. Small Town Monsters is the sound of a band breaking free
from the small town into the big world.


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