NEWS: Old Time Machine Release Self-Titled Debut Album Today, Announce Coast To Coast Canadian Tour Dates

Thursday, February 26, 2009. 10am. Ryan McNally and Kyle Cashen sit in a fort made of cardboard boxes, scrap lumber, thrift store bed sheets and chicken-wire. Among the second-hand lamps, rugs, and video game consoles the two have come together for an art exhibition about the dark days of winter. The theme resonates with everyone who experiences the chill of winter in Canada, but is particularly poignant in the band’s birthplace of Whitehorse, Yukon. 

Old Time Machine started here as the art-show contribution of a bluesman and a bedroom-musician. The duo works to blend McNally’s studies of finger style traditional blues with Cashen’s experience crafting ethereal soundscapes to create familiar but distinctly original music. 

Their work started when Ryan put forward a handful of songs departing from his solo writing. Kyle eagerly filled spaces with reverb- soaked vocals and backbeats. With a handful of songs and a mountain of stringed instruments, analog machines and effects, drums, and mics, between them, McNally and Cashen began combining traditional sounding folk structures with ghostly harmonies and vintage electronics. 

The pair were later joined in the studio by producer and engineer Jordy Walker and the group developed a sound that feels like it should be heard playing on a tube radio in a dimly lit bar.
Ryan sings and plays a kick drum and high hats while rotating guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. Kyle uses echo, drum machines, a pedal bass, floor tom, ride cymbal, snare, and tambourine. Together the two are a duo of one-man bands facing one another across a sea of percussion, strings, and wood-paneled devices. 

The band strikes a balance between references to the early days of pop and rock music, dreamy textures, and even elements of hip-hop. Old Time Machine finds a way to embrace their influences while sounding unmistakably new. 

Old Time Machine Tour Dates w/ Old Cabin

April 28 - Bombay Peggy's, Dawson City YT - with Andrew Laviolette
April 30 - Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse YT
May 3 - The Grind, Kamloops BC
May 5 - Voodoo's, Penticton BC - with Wesley James
May 6 - The Railway Club, Vancouver BC - with David Newberry
May 7 - Local 510, Calgary AB - with Extra Happy Ghost!!!  **
May 8 - Wunderbar, Edmonton AB - with Extra Happy Ghost!!!  **
May 9 - Whiskey Creek, Medicine Hat AB
May 10 - Vangelis, Saskatoon SK
May 12 - Pop Soda's, Winnipeg MBMay 16 - House Concert, Elliot Lake ON
May 17 - The Townehouse, Sudbury ONMay 19 - Cafe Pyrus, Kitchener ON
May 22 - The Garnet, Peterborough ONMay 23 - Supermarket, Toronto ON
May 24 - Divan Orange, Montreal QC - with Bones Malones and Pistol George Warren
May 26 - Raw Sugar Cafe, Ottawa ON - with Pistol George Warren
May 28 - Baba's Lounge, Charlottetown PEI - with Corey Isenor
May 29 - Plan B Lounge, Moncton NB - with Corey Isenor
June 3 - Gus' Pub, Halifax NS - with Olivier Jarda and Quiet Parade

** without Old Cabin

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