Of all the Seattle-based noise merchants treading the boards of late, My Sister’s Machine stands out from most of the rest.
Evidence of that is found on their Caroline Records debut “Diva,” a noisy, angry and yet thoughtful collection that points to good fortune for the band.
In the live setting, though, the group is still working out the kinks. The hourlong set here was comprised almost entirely of songs from the album, yet lacked much of the urgent spark found on the recording.
Seattle grunge is, as many bands are finding out, a tricky style to pull off onstage, with the songs tending to meld together unceremoniously.
But when MSM is on, they burn. The rage of “I Hate You,” the dual guitar of “Diva” and the semi-apologetic “I’m Sorry” found the band tight and fiery. Yet the lethargic “Wasting Time” revealed an undisciplined side to the band that points them back to the rehearsal hall.
The band certainly has the material, the talent, the sound and even the requisite too-long hair.
When the dust finally settles on the Seattle music scene, expect My Sister’s Machine to be one of the few groups left standing.