MUSIC NEWS: Machine Head Release New Single ‘Circle The Drain’

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Machine Head have released a new song called Circle The Drain. 

“The song is inspired by an acquaintance of mine who returned from Afghanistan only to have his  relationship fall apart with his girl,” explains vocalist/guitarist Rob Flynn“She had messed around on him, then got paranoid about him messing around on her, and drove him crazy. We had a conversation on Valentine’s Day and he said to me “they were just circling the drain”…the phrase struck me. A few days later I incorporated it into the song I’d been working on. It was a strange parallel with my life at the time, having recently had two band members quit, and even more bizarrely, two long-time couple friends of my wife and I, also divorce. It was break-up season, and it played out with friends taking sides, people not being invited to certain events anymore, social and emotional pressure, and all the typical stuff that happens when a relationship goes bad. Watching this guy pull through it, helped me pull through my own upheaval.”

“The lyrics to Circle The Drain came out of that frustrating time. It’s a sad song about relationships gone bad, but accepting that it’s over, and making yourself move on,” he adds. “I wrote it in a more metaphorical tone, as I didn’t want it to be about my life, but to be about anybody’s life who may be going through a rough time like that. It may not be a song that connects with everyone, especially those in a solid relationship, but if the day ever comes when your life goes awry, this song will be a lifeline for you, something to help pull you up out of that dark place. The irony that he and I had the original conversation on Valentine’s Day, and are now releasing it on Valentine’s Day isn’t lost on me, it really is the anti-Valentine’s Day song.”

Like what you hear? You can stream or purchase Circle The Drain HERE.

The band have also released two video diaries documenting the making of the single, check out Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.

See Machine Head on tour at one of the following dates:


Sun 19th – ZARAGOZA, ES – Teatro de las Esquinas
Thu 23rd – OPORTO, PT – Coliseu de Porto
Fri 24th – LISBON, PT – Coliseu de Lisboa
Sat 25th – MADRID, ES – La Riviera
Mon 27th – MALAGA, ES – Paris 15
Tue 28th – MURCIA, ES – Gamma
Wed 29th – VALENCIA, ES – Republicca


Fri 1st – BARCELONA, ES – Razzmatazz
Sat 2nd – TOULOUSE, FR – Le Bikini
Tue 5th – LUDWIGSBURG, DE – MHP Arena
Wed 6th – WIESBADEN, DE – Schlachthof
Fri 8th – HANNOVER, DE – Swiss Life Hall
Sat 9th – PRAGUE, CZ – Forum Karlin
Sun 10th – BRATISLAVA, SK – Refinery Gallery
Tue 12th – BUCHAREST, RO – Quantic Club
Wed 13th – SOFIA, BG – Universiada Hall
Fri 15th – THESSALONIKI, GR – Fix Factory Of Sound
Sat 16th – ATHENS, GR – Piraeus Academy
Wed 20th – KIEV, UA – Stereoplaza
Fri 22nd – MOSCOW, RU – 1930 Moscow
Sat 23rd – ST PETERSBURG, RU – A2
Mon 25th – HELSINKI, FI – The Circus
Thu 28th – STOCKHOLM, SE – Fryhuset Arenan
Fri 29th – OSLO, NO – Sentrum Scene
Sat 30th – AARHUS, DK – Train


Mon 1st – HAMBURG, DE – Gross Freiheit 36
Tue 2nd – UTRECHT, NL – Tivoliredenburg
Wed 3rd – LILLE, FR – L’Aeronef
Fri 5th – LONDON, UK – Alexandra Palace
Sat 6th – BIRMINGHAM, UK – O2 Academy

Remaining tickets are on sale HERE, with a very limited amount of VIP packages available HERE.

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